The Month of September

September History

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September History

Now You Know...

According to the Georgian calendar, September is the ninth month. But, on the Roman calendar, it was the seventh month. September has had 29 days, and 31 days; but, since the time of the emperor Augustus, it has had only 30 days.
The Autmn Equinox is September 22

September Gemstone:
September Flower:
Morning Glory
More peopel are born in September than any other month!

Baby Safety Month
Better Breakfast Month
Blueberry Popsicle Month
Chicken Month
Classical Music Month
Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month
National Hispanic Heritage Month
Honey Month
Leukemia and Lymphoma Awareness Month
Mushroom Month
National Ovarian Cancer Month
National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month
Papaya Month
National Piano Month
Potato Month
Rice Month
Self Improvement Month
Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month

June is often considered a "summer month", whereas September is not. This is despite the fact that September has twice as many summer days as June.

To many ancient people, the waning of the light signaled death. For example, in Welsh mythology, this is the day of the year when the God of Darkness, Goronwy, defeats the God of Light, Llew, and takes his place as King of the world.
To this day in Japan, the equinox is celebrated by visits to the graves of family members, at which time offerings of flowers and food are made and incense is burned. The three days preceding and following the equinox are called "higan," or the "Other side of the River of Death.
- Folklore

The definition of a Harvest Moon is: the full moon closest to the fall equinox. The Harvest Moon was thus named because it rises within a half-hour of when the sun sets. In early days, when farmers had no tractors, it was essential that they work by the light of the moon to bring in the harvest.
This moon is the fullest moon of the year. When you gaze at it, it looks very large and gives a lot of light throughout the entire night. No other lunar spectacle is as awesome as the Harvest Moon.

"The tale of Mabon of Modron, the Welsh God, (the "great son of the great mother"), also known as the Son of Light, the Young Son, or Divine Youth, is celebrated. The Equinox is also the birth of Mabon, from his mother Modron, the Guardian of the Outerworld, the Healer, the Protector, the Earth.
Mabon was taken after he is a mere three nights old (some variations of the legend say he is taken after three years). Through the wisdom of the living animals -- the Stag, Blackbird, Owl, Eagle and Salmon -- Mabon is freed from his mysterious captivity. All the while Mabon had rested within his mother's womb; a place of nurturing and challenge.
With strength and lessons gained within the magickal Outerworld (Modron's womb), Mabon is soon reborn as his mother's Champion, the Son of Light, wielding the strength and wisdom acquired during his captivity."
- Joyous Mabon

September is one of the warmest months in the Southern United States. Northern states have warm September days, but the nights get much cooler. It is also harvest time for crops. And, in Switzerland, it's called Harvest Month.

What is the Moon Festival?

Every year on the fifteenth day of the eighth month of the lunar calendar, when the moon is at its maximum brightness for the entire year, the Chinese celebrate "zhong qui jie." Children are told the story of the moon fairy living in a crystal palace, who comes out to dance on the moon's shadowed surface.
The legend surrounding the "lady living in the moon" dates back to ancient times, to a day when ten suns appeared at once in the sky. The Emperor ordered a famous archer, Hou Yi, to shoot down the nine extra suns. Once the task was accomplished, the Goddess of the Western Heaven rewarded the archer with a pill that would make him immortal. However, his wife, Chang Er, found the pill, took it, because Hou Yi was a tyrant, and was banished to the moon as a result.
Legend says that her beauty is greatest on the day of the Moon festival. Today, Chinese people celebrate the Mid-Autumn festival with dances, feasting and moon gazing. Not to mention mooncakes. While baked goods are a common feature at most Chinese celebrations, mooncakes are inextricably linked with the Moon festival. Roughly the size of a human palm, these mooncakes are quite filling, meant to be cut diagonally in quarters and passed around.

September Quotes

"By all these lovely tokens September days are here
With summer's best of weather and autumn's best of cheer."
"Try to remember the kind of September
When life was slow and oh so mellow
Try to remember the kind of September
When grass was green and grain so yellow
Try to remember the kind of September
When you were a young and a callow fellow
Try to remember and if you remember
Then follow--follow, oh-oh."
- Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt in Try to Remember
"Happy we who can bask in this warm September sun, which illumines all creatures, as well when they rest as when they toil, not without a feeling of gratitude; whose life is as blameless, how blameworthy soever it may be, on the LordÂ’s Mona-day as on his Suna-day."
- Henry David Thoreau

"September's Baccalaureate
A combination is Of Crickets - Crows - and Retrospects
And a dissembling Breeze
that hints without assuming -
An Innuendo sear that makes the Heart put up its Fun
And turn Philosopher."
- Emily Dickinson
"Do you remember the 21st night of September?
Love was changing the minds of pretenders
While chasing the clouds away
Our hearts were ringing
In the key that our souls were singing.
As we danced in the night,
Remember how the stars stole the night away."
- Maurice White, Charles Stemney and Verdine White (Earth Wind and Fire) in September
"September morn,
Do you remember how we danced that night away
Two lovers playing scenes from some romantic play
September morning still can make me feel this way."
- Neil Diamond and Gilbert Becaud in September Morn'

September Is:
Chicken Month (National, US)
Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
Children's Good Manners Month
Cholesterol Education Month
Food Education Safety Month
Little League Month (National, US)
School Success Month (National, US)





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