Bring on the sweaters, pumpkin spice flavored everything, football games and cozy blankets. The cooler weather generally promotes activities such as pumpkin patches and chili cook offs but do most know the real meaning behind the Autumnal Equinox? The name Equinox means equal night; night and day are nearly the exact same length. This happens when the sun crosses the equator; "at this moment, the Earth's axis is neither tilted away from nor towards the Sun."
If you would like an excuse to celebrate, here are a few events from around the world.
Alba White Truffle Festival, Italy- Music, farmers markets and wine are some ways the locals celebrate. It's name comes from the famous white truffle that grows among the poplar trees.
Diwali, India - Oil lamps decorate India during this festival; "Diwali" means " rows of lighted lamps." This celebration marks the end of the harvest season for farmers.
Halloween- This holiday is celebrated October 31st and thought to have begun in Celtic Britain. Costumes and pumpkins come to mind; and trick-or-treating is a family favorite. This event possibly comes from the Christian feast of All Hallows.
Bonfire Night, UK- People in London watch fireworks and a torch lit parade to celebrate a failed attempt to blow up Parliament in 1605.
Thanksgiving- This is a North American tradition that falls on the fourth Thursday in November. Families gather around large meals to replicate the first feast between Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians in 1621. A lot of football is watched and the Macy's day parade is a must see.
Happy Fall Y'all!