Michaelmas

Aster dumosus

Aster dumosus

Michaelmas, the feast of Saint Michael the Archangel, takes place on 29 September. This festival – an important one in the Christian calendar – falls a few days after the autumn equinox, which pagans celebrate on 22 September, and has similar themes. It is celebrated as the end of the harvest, the start of autumn and the time when the days became noticeably shorter. Michaelmas daisies bloom at this time of year, offering a bit of much-needed colour as the days get gloomy.

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