Celebrate Harvest 2020
There's one thing you'll notice as many decorate their homes during the harvest season: a basket full of seasonal fruits and vegetables. What are we talking about? The cornucopia, of course! The cornucopia is typically a hollow, horn-shaped wicker basket filled with various seasonal fruits and vegetables. Though most Americans associate the cornucopia with the Thanksgiving holiday, it was around long before Columbus sailed to America. In fact, the cornucopia dates all the way back to 5 B.C. It even shows up in Greek mythology.
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Help make this Harvest Celebration reach the households of our community by submitting videos and photos of this weeks projects. You can show us the arts & crafts you completed this week, or the let us hear you sing our weekly song - even a reading of our Celebrate Harvest story of the week. Send all photos and video to Sydney Roslin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Week 3 - Cornucopia
The word "cornucopia" is derived from the Latin "cornu" (meaning "horn") and "copia" (meaning "plenty"). That literally translates to "horn of plenty!" In one legend, the cornucopia was a source of endless food and drink, refilling itself with whatever its owner requested. Today the cornucopia serves as a symbol of abundance.
In the United States, it most commonly appears as a centerpiece at Thanksgiving. Some historians suspect the cornucopia's place at the Thanksgiving table was borrowed from the European harvest festivals, where farmers celebrated by filling a goat's horn with grain and fruit. The cornucopia not only appears as decor for dinner tables, it appears on the state flag of Idaho and the coats of arms for Panama, Columbia, Peru, and Venezuela as a symbol of prosperity.
This Week's Family Main Activity:
Create a cornucopia of harvest memories. Take photos and videos of harvest-like activities over the next few weeks, and create a physical or digital scrapbook.
This Week’s Harvest Performance
ILA ( India League of America) Indiafest 2017
Costick Center, Farmington Hills, Michigan
This Week Family Story
Hello Harvest Moon by Ralph Fletcher (Video Story - Read by Ready Read Alouds)
While tired farmers and their families are in bed, the harvest moon silently climbs into the sky and starts working its magic. For some, it is the nightly signal to rise and shine. It is time to hunt, to work, or to play in the shadows. For a little girl and her cat, it is an invitation to enjoy the wonders of the night and a last flood of light before the short days of winter set in. With an evocative text and radiant illustrations, this companion to Twilight Comes Twice offers a glimpse of nature’s nightlife long after bedtime.
This Week’s Family Arts & Crafts Activity
To most Americans, this bountiful horn is associated with the breaking of bread between the European pilgrims and Native Americans, or just simply the harvest season. But its history stretches back much farther than that. As seemingly all-American as this symbol of abundance is, the cornucopia has its roots in the mystery and magic of Greek mythology. What we generally see depicted today as a woven horn overflowing with flowers, fruits, nuts, grains, and all manner of wholesome symbols of domestic wealth, began as an animal horn. A magic animal’s horn. Read more...