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The Autumn equinox is the first day of autumn. Equinox refers to the time of year when night and day are exactly the same length; as well as the autumn equinox, there is also a spring (vernal) equinox.¬† The autumn equinox marks the start of a series of autumn festivals, often associated with harvest, and the death of the old year as a precursor to winter. These occur all around the world, and include the harvest and rice festivals of Asia, India’s celebrated Festival of Lights (Diwali), the Thanksgiving festivals in North America¬†and western European remnants of pagan festivals such as Halloween.

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