12 Fun Facts about Fall
It’s fall! Or at least it will be tomorrow. To mark the occasion here is another of our roundups of fun facts.
- September 22 is the autumnal (fall) equinox. There are two equinoxes each year and the other is in March at the start of spring.
- On this date the day and night are each about the same length. The term equinox comes from the Latin for “equal night”.
- Several cultures have ancient traditions that take place around this time.
- In Greek mythology this was supposed to be the time when Persephone rejoined Hades in the underworld.
- The Chinese celebrate the Moon Festival around this time with particular emphasis on being thankful for the success of the summer harvest.
- In Japan, this is a time to remember the dead and if there is a week of Buddhist services during this period.
- One of the visible signs of fall is the changing color of the leaves. This happens because photosynthesis stops during this period so leaves do not stay green.
- Favorite fall fruit and vegetables include apples, spinach, squash, bell peppers and, of course, pumpkin.
- The custom of bobbing for apples originates from Roman times.
- Evergreen trees remain green through the winter because they have waxy leaves which do not freeze.
- During this period birds prepare for winter migration. One of the longest migrations is the 11,000 mile journey by the Arctic Tern. However, the bar headed goose is also impressive reaching heights of 28,000 feet to skim over the Himalayas.
- While we call this season ‘fall’, the British call it ‘autumn’. Both words date from around the same period in the 16th century. Before these terms came into use, this period was called ‘harvest’.
What’s your favorite thing about fall?