Harvest Festival Dance

The last days of summer have passed and we’re in the final moments of the harvests. All over the northern hemisphere this is the time to celebrate, to thank the Earth and the vegetation gods, before hunkering down for the long winter.

It was so cold yesterday, I brought in a pot of basil and the rosemary, the rex begonias and the geraniums, just in case. I picked what I thought might be the last patty pan squash. And to warm myself I thought I’d explore worldwide harvest songs and dances. Here is a selection.

Mind you, Purcell isn’t exactly danceable, but nevertheless grab a wheat sheaf and hop and stomp and sing along for appreciation of full bellies and the land that — if we let it — gives us clean crops to bring to our tables.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4nBoItkUsAk — Tamil Harvest Dance

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E1OElFH5utQ — Armenian Harvest Song

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OXVsJJpe1Nc — Tiwa Harvesting Dance

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c_XfmC3TwoY — “Your hay it is Mow’d, and your Corn is Reap’d,” Purcell, King Arthur

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tQuZ-uLW4LU — Blue Harvest Blues, Mississippi John Hurt

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AoSjzIVAtEo — Orisha oko- Danza a los orishas, Cuba

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1SBTkt18Tjo — “Harvest Home,” Irish traditional, The Dubliners

Harvest Festival Nepal