The festival is said to have been originated in America, a number of other countries also celebrate harvest related festivals. The festival is observed with different names and in different seasons. In Australia we can see a number of harvest festivals.
Lavender Harvest Festival – The annual Lavender Festival is organized by the farm’s owner, Evan and Jill Allanson. In Lily Dale, the first three weeks of the month January is the time for the harvesting of the lavender flowers. Peoples who visit to this festival can learn about the differences between varieties and they learn the uses and properties of lavender. The Mittagong Lavender festival is held at the Farmgate Statford Park, Pearson’s Lane, and Wildes Meadow.
Hops Festival – The month of February and March is the time for the harvesting of Hops. Hops are dried in kilns, bleached with sulphur dioxide and pressed into bales.
Apple Festival & Grape Festival – The harvest for Apples and Grapes takes place in the month of March in Australia in the granite belt. During the festival, various cultural and fun events are organised. Activities like Grape crushing competitions, apple competitions, street carnivals, grand parade are also part of the festival. Fireworks are another feature of the festival.
Renmark Orange week Festival – In August or September, the large orange growing area along the Murray River in South Australia holds a festival in Renmark which is called the Renmark Orange Week. The two varieties that are being harvested in Australia are the Valencia which is from October to May and the Navel which is from May to October.
Cane Festival – The cane is harvested from June to December in Australia. Most of the cane crop is grown in Queensland and some in Maclean, New South Wales. And thus it becomes time for sugar or cane festivals. Just before harvest, the cane is burnt to remove dead leaves and to drive out pests.
Wheat Festival – Wheat is harvested in the month of December and is usually finished by the end of January. Harvesting is done by Machines. A new harvester invented by Headlie Taylor makes easier to harvest crops which get flattened or damaged by bad weather.
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