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This year, the Autumnal Equinox in Universal Coordinated Time is on
Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at 02:29 UTC

In Pagan tradition, it is a holiday of thanksgiving and a time to share and make an offering of our many blessings, symbolized by the harvest, to the God and Goddess in order to receive their help during the hard, winter months.

The use of the name Mabon for the holiday is dismissed by many Neopagans as unauthentic as it was invented by American poet and academic Aidan A. Kelly in 1970, referencing the Welsh mythological figure Mabon ap Modron.