Autumn is my favorite time of year. Autumn is my favorite time of year. Autumn is my favorite time of year. Autumn is my favorite….. do you get the idea? I LOVE the fall. I love the weather, I love the changes in the atmosphere, I love the start of a school season, I love the squash (oh goodness, do I love squash!) and I absolutely love the pending holiday seasons! Maybe it is because I am cheesy, but I say the cheesier the better when it comes to holidays, so you bet your bottom dollar that I plan mine way, way in advance, starting with the beginning of fall! Anyways, with the first “official” day of autumn coming in just a matter of days I thought I would do a random post and share some fun/interesting facts about the season for all you other fall-lovers out there!
1- According to superstitious beliefs, to catch a falling autumn leaf brings good luck!
2- Did you know birds are not the only ones who migrate in the fall? So do monarch butterflies, some even migrate over 2,500 miles south in the fall.
3- Leaves possess the bright oranges, reds, and golds we see during the fall all year round, but are overpowered by green coloring due to high amounts of chlorophyll the rest of the year. In fall, when the sun is farther away and days are shorter, the amount of chlorophyll decreases, letting the other bright colors through and causing the changes of color in leaves.
4- In Greek mythology, autumn is the period of time when Demeter was grieving and upset about the loss of her daughter, Persephone, when she was abducted by Hades. Persephone’s return brought the world back to life in springtime.
5- Most of us have heard that tomatoes are actually fruit, but were you aware that pumpkins (and most other squash) are also fruits?? And they were even once believe to cure snake bites and get rid of freckles!
6- Dia de los Muertos takes place on November 1st and 2nd, the same days as All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day.
7- Autumn has also been known as, “the hectic beauty of death.”
8- Geomagnetic storms (aka the AURORA BOREALIS!!!!) happen twice as frequently in the fall as they do any other time of year!
9- The first Native American tribe that attended the first Thanksgiving were the Wampanoag, and the celebration feast lasted three days.
10- Some studies show that with the changes and cooler weather, people are more likely to fall in love during the autumn.
11- The term “equinox” comes from the Latin words for “equal” and “night.”
12- The phrase, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away,” is not without merit as apples are considered some to have some of the healthiest food benefits of all foods, but apples also contain malic acid which helps to clean and whiten teeth naturally, as well as work as a stain remover.
If you have a fun fact about autumn, PLEASE share with me! 🙂