63 Fall Equinox Recipes to Celebrate Mabon

Make any one of these to enjoy on Mabon

Mabon Recipes for the Fall Equinox

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Mabon is the pagan holiday that celebrates the Fall Equinox, which occurs between September 20th and September 24th in the Northern Hemisphere. The holiday marks the beginning of Fall.

It also honors the harvest season and the time when the day and night are about equal, making it a great time to enjoy fall foods. So, here are some Mabon recipes for the first day of Fall, like pumpkin pasta with browned butter and sage.

What Is Mabon?

Mabon is the Wiccan and pagan holiday that celebrates the First Day of Fall. It is one of the Lesser Sabbats or quarter holidays. It is the second harvest holiday and represents the Fall Equinox (also known as the autumnal equinox), which is one of the two times of the year when night and day are the same length. (The other is Ostara.)

Some ways you can celebrate the holiday include eating recipes that include apples, pumpkins, and pomegranates.

You can also decorate your altar with fall foliage and images of animals connected to Mabon such as the fox, squirrel, and crow. Or, even go apple picking. Mabon is also a good time to work on balance, giving thanks, and for harvesting the fruit of intentions you set earlier in the year.


What Are the Traditional Foods of Mabon?

Humans have been celebrating the Fall Equinox for thousands of years, but Mabon itself is relatively new. Mabon is the name that was given to the holiday in the 1970s by Wiccan author and scholar Aiden Kelly when he was working on a calendar and noticed Mabon, Litha, and Ostara did not have pagan names.

So, for the purpose of this post, here are some seasonal Fall foods that you can seek to incorporate into your celebration. Any of the recipes below would also be appropriate to use for your feast.

One notable exception, however, is the pomegranate. The pomegranate not only is in season in the Fall, it is also connected to Persephone, the goddess of the flowers, death, and the Queen of the Underworld. It represents her return to the Underworld for the next six months until she emerges at the Spring Equinox.

Some Seasonal Fall Foods to Use In Your Recipes Include:

  • Apples
  • Pumpkins
  • Pomegranates
  • Cinnamon
  • Grain
  • Squash
  • Corn
  • Cinnamon
  • Cider and Wine
  • Root Vegetables


Fall Equinox Recipes for Mabon

1. Apples

This fruit is best during the fall, just as long as you don’t pick Red Delicious as your variety of choice.


2. Pumpkins

Though I typically think more of pumpkins during Samhain, they’re great to serve during Mabon as well.

Mabon Recipes for the Fall Equinox - Pumpkin Ravioli with Browned Butter
Photo Credit: Oh Sweet Culture Shock

3. Pomegranates

Honor Persephone with one of these recipes.


4. Cinnamon

This warming spice is perfect for fall dishes and welcoming colder months. And, for welcoming abundance into your home every month.


5. Grains

Grains are one of the strongest symbols of harvest season and can be enjoyed in at any meal.

Mabon Recipes for the Fall Equinox
Photo Credit: Happy Kitchen

6. Squash and Eggplant

Where the summer is for zucchini, fall is the time to enjoy delicata and butternut squashes.


7. Cider and Wine

Toast to Fall with spirits made from fruits that ripened in late summer and early fall.


8. Root Vegetables

Winter is the toughest season for most animals and plants. We can look to these hearty vegetables for inspiration.

Mabon Recipes for the Fall Equinox - Pumpkin Soup
Photo Credit: Francine’s Place

9. Sweet Potatoes

These vitamin A-rich potatoes feel like Fall, thanks to their color and the fact that they pair so beautifully with warming spices like cinnamon.

Mabon Recipes for the Fall Equinox - Sweet Potato Kale Salad
Photo Credit: The Cinnamon Jar