The Autumn Equinox – 22nd September 2020
The Autumn Equinox this year falls on Tuesday 22nd September. It is the day in which the daytime hours are the equal length as the night time hours. Visually, it’s always beautiful, with the colours of the leaves turning various shades of orange and brown, whilst the skies are rolling grey. It is time to start digging out the warmer clothes!
Whilst we head toward the cooler days and nights, we can still enjoy the days of good weather with long walks and socially distanced time with friends and loved ones. It has been more than a challenging year and I’m sure we’re all than a little bit frustrated, but we’ve got this far! Keep your spirits up of cosy times indoors with creature comforts, think box sets, duvet days and bubble baths!
Speaking cooler days ahead, don’t forget to set your clocks backwards an hour on Sunday 25th October! Even though it’s over a month away, it’ll be here before you know it!
What is the Autumn Equinox?
The Autumn Equinox will mark a transition period where the days begin getting shorter in the Northern Hemisphere and longer in the Southern Hemisphere. This is because Earth’s poles create a maximum tilt away from the Sun in the Northern Hemisphere and maximum tilt toward the Sun in the Southern Hemisphere.
The word Equinox is Latin which translates as “equal night”, as the day and night of the first day will be of equal length. Over time the tilt will continue up to the point where the nights get darker earlier and the weather turns colder. This will carry on right up until the Winter Solstice.
How is the Autumn Equinox celebrated?
Stonehenge in the UK is usually a popular destination for those looking to acknowledge the Autumn Equinox. It is popular among Pagans and Druids. The equinox is known as Mabon to the Pagan beliefs or Alban Elfed which marks a Thanksgiving for the harvest.
Among some rural communities, it is customary for them to drink Burdock or Dandelion cordials in preparation for the upcoming Autumn season. There is also an urban legend that involves balancing an egg! It was believed to be possible on the day of the equinox – Unfortunately, it is not!
The astronomical seasons occur as the Earth’s axis is on tilt from The Sun, so different parts of the world receive more solar energy than others. The seasons are based on the Earth’s journey around the sun, with the four quarters of the orbit determining our four seasons. This, in turn, creates the seasons
Spring (March, April, May)
Summer (June, July, August)
Autumn (September, October, November)
Winter (December, January, February)
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