4 Karmic Ways to Celebrate the Fall Equinox in Denver

September 22 is the first day of fall – and the time when things usually start to get colder and definitely darker. Sure, you can mark the occasion by putting on your comfiest sweater, burying yourself in the couch, and indulging in all things pumpkin spice, but to help you transition and earn points karma in the process we rounded four amusement and philanthropic ways to mark the 2022 fall equinox in Denver.

Also known as the Mid-Autumn Festival, this Chinese holiday (versions of which are widely celebrated throughout East and Southeast Asia) technically fell on September 10 this year. However, the harvest-centric festivities will continue this Sunday, September 25, from 1 to 6 p.m., during the Full Moon Family Festival at Improper City in RiNo. In a show of support for Denver’s AAPI community, the giant indoor/outdoor venue will host more than a dozen local Asian businesses, from global pop-up snack supplier Conbini to Colorado Sake Co. to Bánh & Butter Bakery Café, while funk band Lavender Jones provides the soundtrack.

Fall Lovers Combo by KarmaLit. Photo courtesy of KarmaLit

A flickering flame is a classic cool weather setting – what if the candle it comes from emits such an autumnal aroma? It’s just a bonus. Denver-based KarmaLit’s Fall Lovers Combo contains six of these mood boosters: Fall Festival, October, Favorite Hoodie, Hazelnut Drip, Apple Picking, and Flannel Shirt. The sale of each eight-ounce soy candle also helps support owner Sejal Parag’s Smell Good, Do Good initiative, which funds classroom needs (such as books and science experiment supplies) for teachers at across the country.

As darkness descends earlier and earlier, it’s a great time to review how you illuminate the outdoor spaces of your home. Light pollution is increasingly recognized not only for obscuring the stars, but also for confusing and disturbing migrating birds and other nocturnal animals. Lights Out Colorado, launched in April 2021, is an initiative that asks Coloradans to protect outdoor light sources and turn them off before midnight (especially during peak migration in April, May, August, and September). Timers, motion sensors and reflective paint are all easy fixes to reduce your impact, as is replacing bright blue-white bulbs with warmer, more yellow colors rated at 3,000 Kelvins or less, which are considered as less disruptive to human and animal health. .

People gather on yoga mats for one of the Habitual Roots events
Photo courtesy of Habitual Roots

Habitual Roots, a nonprofit based in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Denver, is hosting a celebration of the fall equinox on Oct. 8 with a yoga class, ceremonial cocoa circle, and dance session. ecstatic; the group’s fee-based community events support its mission to provide underserved youth and seniors with the skills they need to integrate their emotional and mental health. Until then, co-founder Kevin J. Wong suggests families implement a practice the group teaches the students it works with: After everyone gets home from school and work, sit down. you with your children and decompress with a box breathing exercise: inhale for four beats. , hold for four counts, exhale for four counts, and hold the exhale for four counts. Then, be curious and encourage conversation with questions such as: How did you play today? What made you laugh today? What do you need to forgive yourself for today?

Jessica Larusso

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