Mabon is not necessary an ancient festival in date or name. The Autumn Equinox was not celebrated in Celtic countries and the Anglo-Saxons had September as a haleg-monath or “Holy month”. The term Mabon is a very recent name applied to the Autumn Equinox coming from Aiden Kelly in the 1970s. Gardnerian Wicca uses the term Autumn Equinox and some neo-pagans use the term Aban Efed, a term created by Iolo Morgannwg. The name was chosen to give the festival a more Celtic feel, as Autumn Equinox was the only one still known by its technical name. Mabon was rather randomly taken for Welsh Myth.
August 19, 2013