|Photo by Ysabel de la Rosa|
What I like about this tradition (and like about the Jewish new year, as well) is the earth connection to harvest time. In the northern hemisphere, this is a time of fruition, of gathering, of light becoming gentler and temperatures becoming cooler--not yet bitter. Somehow, taking harvest time as a time to begin a new year's cycle has much more appeal for me than our dead-of-winter January 1st date. This time of year feels to me more natural, celebratory, and sensibly organic.
Soon, we move from this time into Thanksgiving, another celebration that can remind us of all that is "begotten, not made." And for those many begotten blessings, it's always a good time to be glad and grateful, call the day whatever you like.