WHAT IT IS AND WHEN
When Equinox Is On The Ehoah Year Wheels
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For the Gregorian calendar the date it falls on is
September 22 for Borealis (Northern Hemisphere)
March 20 for Australis (Southern Hemisphere)
What Equinox Celebrates
This is considered the year's dusk as it is when night and day are even going into longer nights. It is during this time of year that the harvest is in full swing with food in abundance. Before the ground freezes sand is sculpted into festive images, stones are artfully stacked as sculptures around the perimeter of the festival grounds, leaves and pine cones are laid out in various festive patterns, and additional leaves are artfully hung as mobiles, curtains or window dressings to decorate. Participants adorn themselves in leaf masks and crowns, and could go so far as to make cloaks, bracers, shin guards, and shoes from leaves as well. Squashes are hollowed out to serve the feast fare with the tops becoming plates, and apples are hollowed out to hold drinks. Competitions revolve around harvest and preservation skills (how did last year's harvest preserve to today?). Care is taken to harvest and store the seeds from this year's harvest, and plant what vegetation that requires over wintering, and excess seeds are used in a community seed exchange.
All to celebrate the earth and the abundance that it provides.
More activity information will be added over time
AFTER OPENING CEREMONY
THE MAIN EVENTS
Stone Sculpture Contest
Each team of 3-5 members make their sculpture. Construction begins after opening ceremony, at the end of the day the sculptures are judged. Each individual stone cannot exceed 1 stones weight (6.3 kg)(14 lb). The entire sculpture cannot exceed 1.5 meters high (4.9 ft), but can be as wide as 3 meters diameter (10 feet). Each construction area and team member is clearly marked so that the sculpture is not disturbed. Each perimeter stake having a flag with the team marking, and each member having an armband, headband, scarf, shirt or other visible item with the team marking. The biggest factor in the judging is the stability of the sculpture and if it will be fit enough to still be standing when Equinox comes round again.
Stones can be collected from the area and are constructed around the perimeter of festival grounds.
The resulting sculptures are left to stand all year long, leaving only the elements to take them down.
GAMES & COMPETITIONS
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