Today, February 2, is our First Fruits Festival.
It is exactly half-way between Summer Solstice and Autumn Equinox.
While there is still plenty of light, the darkness is increasing.
This is the time (in the Southern Hemisphere) of the Celtic Festival of Lugnasad, held in honour of the grain god Lugh, who was sacrificed with the reaping of the crop.
The Christian harvest festival of Lammas followed Lugnasad, retaining the age-old flavour of celebration of harvest.
Berries and fruit are abundant now, and the grain is ripe. But for Maori, their staple food the kumara still needed time in the ground, so this was Te Waru, the lean time.
Reflecting on these discrepancies, I am reminded how abundance is still not distributed evenly in our world, and even as I celebrated the fullness of First Fruits, there are many others for whom times are lean.