Get out your pumpkin spice latte, y’all. It’s finally fall. And it is glorious. Living in the south, the heat and humidity usually hang around until late into October or sometimes even November. The cool days we’ve been experiencing lately have been divine and are—in my opinion—a mercy. One that I didn’t expect from 2020.
Let’s celebrate, shall we? Raise your mugs and let’s toast… to cooler, cozier, and calmer days.
What is the Autumnal (Fall) Equinox?
According to an article on History.com, the fall equinox occurs between the September 21 and September 24. In the North Hemisphere, the September equinox corresponds with the fall harvest. Several ancient harvest celebrations take location on or around the fall equinox.
Equinox comes from the Latin words "aequi," which indicates equal, and also "nox," or night. On the equinox, night and day are almost perfectly divided—12 hours each. But that really depends on where you live in the world. As the Earth orbits the sunlight, it is slanted at an angle. For half the year, the North Pole is tilted somewhat towards the sun, bringing longer days to the North Hemisphere, while the South Pole is slanted somewhat farther from the sunlight, bringing fewer hours of sunshine to the Southern Hemisphere. In the Northern Hemisphere, the September equinox notes the initial day of autumn.
CUSTOMS AND RITUALS FALL EQUINOX