Harvest Festivals

22nd May 2024 Mr Nandakumar & Beena


Hi everyone. Today, I want to immerse you in the captivating world of harvest festivals. In the two eastern states of Malaysia, Sabah and Sarawak, the natives are currently abuzz with preparations for these lively and colourful celebrations. I was fortunate enough to receive a stunning painting from Mr Nandakumar that not only captures the spirit and energy of these festivals, but also transports you to the heart of the celebration. I hope it sparks your curiosity and interest in these vibrant traditions. 

Once again, I thank Nandakumar for this painting. He prompted me to write about harvest festivals celebrated globally. These festivals, celebrated in different parts of the world, not only reflect how humans have respected nature for its bounty, but also hold deep cultural and historical significance. They are often a testament to the enduring relationship between humans and the land, and a celebration of the unique customs and traditions that have been passed down through generations. By understanding and appreciating these traditions, we can gain a deeper respect for the diverse cultures that have shaped our world. 

The rice festivals in Sabah and Sarawak, celebrated in Bali, Indonesia (May-June), are just the beginning of our global journey. The mid-autumn festival in China, Taiwan, and Vietnam (September-October) is a stark contrast, with its focus on the moon and family reunions. The Ewe people of Ghana celebrate the end of the rainy season and the first appearance of yam (August-September), a unique celebration of nature’s bounty. The people of Papua New Guinea and Nigeria also celebrate this festival, each with their own unique customs and traditions. Sukkoth, an eight-day festival, is celebrated by the Jewish people(September-October) as a time of reflection and remembrance. Tamils of South India celebrate Pongal for the rice harvest (January), a vibrant and energetic festival. For the Keralites, Onam is the most important harvest festival. In Korea, Chuseok is a harvest festival. In the US and Canada, they celebrate Thanksgiving as a harvest festival. These are just a few examples of the rich tapestry of harvest festivals celebrated worldwide, each with its own unique customs and traditions.

As we conclude our exploration of harvest festivals, I invite you, dear readers, to share your thoughts and experiences. Did you find the painting and the stories about the festivals as captivating as I did? Are there any other harvest festivals you believe should be highlighted? I eagerly await your insights.



7 thoughts on “Harvest Festivals

  1. A wonderful job done by both the artist and the writer in bringing the joy of the harvest season to the reader.

  2. The painting & writeup brings back the nostalgic memories of my childhood, when I used to spend part of my vacation at my aunt’s farm. One thing that stands out from the article is the common thread of how human beings are intricately connected to the nature irrespective of the geography, culture and beliefs. Thanks for rekindling of my memories.

    1. Hi Ramesh

      If only we could draw on that strength of connectivity, and respect the differences of varied culture, the world would be a better place. Thanks Ramesh.

      Warm regards


  3. The painting is a reminder of the rich and diverse cultures we share with the world.
    These festivals fortunately have stood the test of time and continue in its purity and purpose.
    Thank you Nandu and Beena for reminding us.

    1. Hi Anita

      It is the innate of people to hold onto our traditions as that brings us some solace. If the world could be united by that thread of solace, we will have a better world to live in.

      Warm regards


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