Fall begins (Northern H.)

Fall begins (Northern H.)

Fall begins (Northern H.) History

Fall begins in the Northern Hemisphere when the Sun is perpendicular to the equator.  This day has equal hours of day and night.  The first day of Fall is also called the Autumnal Equinox.  In many areas it coincides with harvests.  The first day of Fall happens between each year between September 22 and 24.

Fall begins (Northern H.) Facts & Quotes

  • The Harvest Moon is the full moon which occurs closest to the autumnal equinox.
  • The Fall Equinox is also known as: Alban Elfed, Cornucopia, Feast of Avilon, Festival of Dionysus,  Harvest Tide, Mabon, Night of the Hunter, Second Harvest Festival, and Wine Harvest.
  • The Earth takes 365.25 days to make one complete revolution around the Sun.  This results in the first day of Fall beginning 6 hours later each year, and moving a full day backwards on Leap Years.
  • During the Fall, the leaves on many trees die and fall to the ground. 500 years ago, expressions like fall of the leaf and fall of the year were quite common in the English speaking world.  The term Fall as the name for this season comes from these early expressions.
  • How beautifully leaves grow old.  How full of light and color are their last days - John Burroughs

Fall begins (Northern H.) Top Events and Things to Do

  • Take a hike and enjoy the colorful leaves.
  • Visit a Nature Center or Nature Museum near you.
  • Plant cold weather plants or begin to protect your summer plants from the winter elements.
  • Rake leaves into piles and then jump in them.
  • Visit an apple orchard and pick some fresh apples. Use some of them to make a delicious apple pie or apple crisp for dinner.

Fall begins (Northern H.) References and Related Sites

earthsky.org
www.religioustolerance.org: Fall Equinox

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