The Autumnal Equinox

By: Elly

This month we will see the Autumnal Equinox. Many holidays and celebrations are centered around this yearly event. In the northern hemisphere, the Autumnal equinox not only marks the beginning of fall, but also the time of year when our days begin to grow shorter, and our nights longer.

This year the autumnal equinox will take place on September 22nd, at roughly 1:04 PM (EST)

This event is the lead into cooler months and the promise of family gatherings and warmth of the heart. Equinox is Latin for “equal night” and this day of nearly equal day light and night time is also roughly, the beginning of the harvest season for items such as pumpkins.

Several faiths celebrate different holidays at this time of year, in the Jewish faith it is the beginning of Tekufot, in Greek mythology this is the time of year Persephone returns to the underworld to live with Hades. In Japan Buddhists celebrate Higan, in Pagan cultures is is Mabon, and in China the moon festival is celebrated. What holidays will you be observing this equinox?


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