When the amount of daytime and nighttime equals in Autumn, it means the Autumn Equinox has come. This day is considered the first day of Fall, marking the point when the nights become longer and bring the colds and winter weather.
Before the world was united under one calendar system (more or less), ancient people celebrated the Fall Equinox and started fall season from this point. For example, the mysterious Stonehenge of England was constructed thinking of the Sun, equinoxes and solstices. The same is with the famous pyramids in Latin America.
Even Ancient Greek myths have one about the First Day of Fall. Demetra’s (Goddess of Harvest) daughter Persephone was abducted by Hades (God of Underworld) to become his wife and live with him happily (or not) under the ground. Demetra was devastated by her loss and started to pressure Hades to get her daughter back to her. They agreed on a compromise: for half a year Persephone lives above the ground with her mother.
But when the Day of Fall comes she has her fall too. Right under the ground to her husband's Underworld premises for the next 6 months. All these months without Persephone, Demetra mournes. Nothing grows, days shorten, nights become longer. It’s getting cold and wet, like Demetra’s heart. Right until the day her beloved daughter is back again. And the plants get back to their life too.
Leaves are getting pretty and multi-coloured. In all possible and impossible shades of orange, red, yellow, brown and green. It’s a perfect time for a walk in the park or in the forest, instagramming like never before. Selfie with a bunch of leaves? Done! Jumping in big piles of leaves? Done! Insta Story with leaves rustling underfoot? You bet!
If you have a cabin in the country with an orchard or an old apple tree in the backyard, go for a symbolic harvest gathering today. Just to celebrate fall. Or have a nice walk to a grocery store and buy a few seasonal fruits and vegetables.
Some people take the First Day of Fall seriously and go into the woods for a mushroom hunt. There are a lot of edible mushrooms in the forests that pop up after fall rains. So embrace the dull weather and then enjoy the gifts of nature. Just make sure you can tell the good mushrooms from the bad ones. And then thoroughly cook them before eating.
Fall is a great time to go way-way North and experience the magic view of Northern Lights up in the sky. Not a bad way to charge your battery before sunless winter comes, huh?
Go visit festivals to get fall-festive! Fall Equinox Sunset Celebrations are very popular. Oktoberfest has just started—grab a beer! Or get prepared for the busy times of Halloween and Thanksgiving ahead of everybody else.
Gifts of nature are the perfect material for tons of useless but adorable kids' craft. Leaves, pinecones, nuts, acorns, chestnuts, sticks, moss, pumpkins, berries—these are the treasures for DIY and craft lovers. Get creative, take the most out of the holiday.
If the weather is not so warm and welcoming, stay inside. Who said that couch-potato is not a symbol of the harvest festival? Get yourself a great book, movie or a playlist on a theme and fall into the arms of a perfect fall.
Reminder in Social Media
Stay alert and be the first one to inform the social media about the First Day of Fall, that precedes all the holiday fun including Halloween and Thanksgiving days. Be leafy and generous. Use design templates for a fancy and professional look.
Run a small flash-sale as a warm up before the busy Halloween and Thanksgiving days and ridiculously busy Black Friday. Get all the early-birds.
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