Interesting Facts about September
September begins on the same day of the week as December every year because there are 91 days separating September and December. 91 is a multiple of 7 (the number of days in a week.) There is no particular significance to this. It's just interesting.
The season of Autumn begins in September! Here are a few Autumn fun facts:
The more red in the leaf, the more sugar that leaf is storing. That is why Maple trees are so vibrant. Evergreens don't change because their leaves have a thick wax covering that protects the chlorophyll (green) in the leaves.
Along with birds, Monarch butterflies make autumn a migratory season, flying south from America to the relative warmth of Mexico and parts of California. Traveling at speeds of between 12 and 25 miles per hour (that's just shy of Usain Bolt's average 27.8 mph foot speed), they are the only insect that migrates up to 2,500 miles for nicer weather.
September Holidays and Observances
Labor Day is celebrated on the first Monday of September each year, this year falling on September 2nd. Labor Day is the National holiday honoring its workers, citizens and their economic and public achievements over the past 200 plus years to make our country strong. We deserve a day’s rest and take it in many different ways to celebrate the holiday. For some, like firemen, doctors and police officers, Labor Day is an ordinary working day, which makes us appreciate them all the more!
Sunday, September 8th is National Grandparent's Day. In 1978 a proclamation was signed by then President Jimmy Carter proclaiming the first Sunday after Labor Day as National Grandparent's Day. The proclamation says that the day’s purpose is to honor grandparents and give them an opportunity to show love for their children’s children.
Finally, Autumn begins on September 23rd at 3:50 am EDT.
Did you know that the Mayflower departed for America in September of 1620?
102 passengers and a small crew set sail on a 66 day voyage landing in what is now Massachusetts. The Mayflower was a merchant ship that was chartered for the voyage. After spending their first winter on the Mayflower, the remaining 53 passengers settled at the nearby site of Plymouth. Though they battled many challenges and trials during their first year here, they ended up with a bountiful harvest thanks to the Native Americans. To celebrate this harvest and thank the Native Americans, the people of Plymouth held a 3 day festival of thanks. This festival is now commemorated with the holiday of Thanksgiving and is celebrated on the third Thursday of November each year!
A full-scale reproduction of the ship, named Mayflower II, is currently undergoing a restoration for the 400 year anniversary next year, but it should be back in port soon at Plimoth Plantation in Plymouth, MA.
From The Almanac
What are Ember Days?
Ember days are religious holidays that are typically set aside for prayer and fasting. They are found in each of the four seasons and are based on the Church calendar. While the date of the Ember Days will change from year to year, they will always fall in clusters of threes on a Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.
Ember Days in September: 18, 20, 21
So what does this have to do with the Almanac?
According to folklore Ember Days are excellent days for destroying unwarranted growth - regardless of the moon phase or sign.
Ember Days are also said to predict the weather. There are two different lore theories on how Ember Days predict the weather.
The first theory states that the weather on the first of the Ember Days foretells the general weather until the next set of Ember Days.
The second theory states that the weather on each of the Ember Days foretells the weather for each month over the next season. For example the Winter Ember Days will tell the weather for January, February, and March. This means that for the Ember Days in December, Wednesday’s weather foretells the weather for January, Friday’s weather foretells the weather for February, and Saturday’s weather foretells the weather for March.
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