TODAY IS THE 1st DAY OF AUTUMN
jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG Wednesday 22nd September 2021
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
TODAY IS THE 1st DAY OF AUTUMN
Yes, today is the first day of Autumn. That is good news and bad news.
First the bad news. The nights will start drawing in and the days and daylight time gets shorter. The weather will get colder.
But as usual, lets hear the good news and look on the bright side. Autumn brings glorious colours as the trees and nature changes colour. The leaves eventually fall to reveal the intricate patterns their branches create against the backdrop of the sky be it blue or grey. we also look forward to the colourful festivities of Halloween, Bonfire Night and the joys that Christmas brings. It’s a good time to sit cosily and comfortably at home at night curled up on the sofa, reading a good book whilst eating toasted crumpets covered in melted butter and sipping hot steaming tea.
Go ahead and enjoy Autumn!
The Four Seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
When do the four seasons start—and why do the dates change for the start of spring, summer, fall, and winter? Here are the equinox and solstice dates for 2021.
WHEN DO THE SEASONS BEGIN?
Each season has both an astronomical start and a meteorological start. It sounds complicated, but trust us, it’s not!
The astronomical start date is based on the position of the Sun in relation to the Earth.
The meteorological start date is based on our 12-month civiil calendar as well as the annual temperature cycle.
THE FIRST DAYS OF THE SEASONS
Seasons of 2021 Astronomical Start Meteorological Start
SPRING Saturday, March 20, Monday, March 1
SUMMER Sunday, June 20, Tuesday, June 1
AUTUMN Wednesday, September 22, Wednesday, September 1
WINTER Tuesday, December 21, Wednesday, December 1
We often talk about it beginning to feel like autumn when the nights start to draw in and temperatures start feeling cooler.
Usually, when we talk about the first day of autumn we are referring to the astronomical autumn which is defined by the Earth’s axis and orbit around the Sun.
This year autumn begins on 22 September 2021 and ends on 21 December 2021.
The astronomical calendar determines the seasons due to the 23.5 degrees of tilt of the Earth’s rotational axis in relation to its orbit around the Sun. Both equinoxes and solstices are related to the Earth’s orbit around the Sun.
Meteorological seasons consist of splitting the seasons into four periods made up of three months each. These seasons are split to coincide with our Gregorian calendar, making it easier for meteorological observing and forecasting to compare seasonal and monthly statistics. By the meteorological calendar, the first day of autumn is always 1 September; ending on 30 November.
The seasons are defined as spring (March, April, May), summer (June, July, August), autumn (September, October, November) and winter (December, January, February).
Autumn equinox 2021 – the key date that marks end of summer and start of autumn.
The autumn equinox – also known as the September equinox – occurs when the earth’s equator passes the centre of the sun. This means the north and south poles aren’t tilted towards or away from the sun but are aligned in a straight line.
This theoretically allows the same amount of daylight in both of the Earth’s hemispheres.
On the date of the equinox, at any location, the lengths of day and night are roughly equal.
When exactly is the autumn equinox this year?
This year, the autumn equinox in the Northern Hemisphere will occur on Wednesday, September 22.
The exact moment of the equinox, in Universal Coordinated Time, will be 7.21pm (8.21pm BST).
After the equinox, days start to get shorter and the nights longer as we dip toward winter.
Traditionally, farmers would bring in the harvest around this time.
This is why the full moon in September is called the Harvest Moon.
This glorious Moon appears bigger than usual due to the earth’s position around the equinox.
You’ll be able to spot the Harvest Moon from September 20.
How is the equinox celebrated?
Just as they gather for the spring equinox and the summer solstice, druids meet at Stonehenge to greet the equinox with song and music, though celebrations will be muted this year as Covid continues.
People are also known to meet on London’s Primrose Hill to usher in the new season.
Food festivals are ubiquitous at this time of year, and seasonal feasts are held all over the world.
For most, however, the best way to celebrate the turning seasons is to get out and appreciate Mother Nature’s beauty.
Autumn brings with it the changing of the leaves when trees burst into shades of red, orange and brown.
A nice long country or park walk is a great way to celebrate this time of year.
All around the world, the September equinox is celebrated in similar ways.
In China, a mid-autumn festival relating to the harvest is celebrated.
In South Korea, Chuseok – a type of thanksgiving – is held.
In Southern California, meanwhile, the Chumash, a Native American tribe, celebrates Hutash, a sun ceremony that coincides with the autumn equinox.
In Japan, Autumnal Equinox Day is a public holiday called Higan.
Higan is a Buddhist holiday exclusively celebrated by Japanese sects during both the Spring and Autumnal Equinox.
TOP THIRTY OF THE DAY
TOP THIRTY NOVELTY RECORDS
- They’re Coming To Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa – Napoleon XIV
- Monster Mash – Bobby “Boris” Pickett & the Crypt-Kickers
- Charlie Brown – The Coasters
- The Purple People Eater – Sheb Wooley
- Alley Oop – The Hollywood Argyles
- Witch Doctor – David Seville
- Open The Door, Richard – Dusty Fletcher
- Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah – Allen Sherman
- Grandma Got Run over by a Reindeer – Elmo & Patsy
- Does Your Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavor – Lonnie Donegan
- Mr. Custer – Charlie Drake
- The Flying Saucer (Pts 1 & 2) – Buchanan & Goodman
- King Tut – Steve Martin
- Time Warp (from Rocky Horror Picture Show) – Transylvanians
- The Streak – Ray Stevens
- The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don’t Be Late) – The Chipmunks
- Disco Duck – Rick Dees and his Cast Of Idiots
- Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini – Brian Hyland
- Transfusion – Nervous Norvus
- Ahab The Arab – Ray Stevens
- My Boomerang Won’t Come Back – Charlie Drake
- The Ying Tong Song – The Goons
- I’m Walking Backwards For Christmas – The Goons
- Ernie (The Fastest Milkman In The West) – Benny Hill
- My Old Man’s A Dustman – Lonnie Donegan
- A Hard Days Night – Peter Sellers
- Don’t Jump off the Roof Dad – Tommy Cooper
- Goodbyeee – Peter Cook & Dudley Moore
- Pop Go The Workers – Barron Knights
- There’s a Guy works down the Chip Shop swears he’s Elvis – Kirsty MacColl
REMEMBER: The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.
– Nicolas Chamfort
INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE FOR THE DAY
“Be not afraid of going slowly, be afraid only of standing still.” –Chinese Proverb
Happiness is…the first day of Autumn.
GRANDAD’S ONE LINER JOKE OF THE DAY
Pig says: My name is bacon. Chris P. Bacon
Love is…getting the message.
A time for the 1st day of Spring… A time for the 1st day of Autumn.
©2021 Phil M Robinson