Buddhism facts

Fall Is Here: Facts and Folklore Surrounding the Season

On September 22, 2022, at 9:04 p.m. EDT, the autumnal equinox will usher in a new season and fall will officially begin, according to The Old Farmer’s Almanac.

An equinox, as defined by the National Weather Service, relates to the position of the sun relative to the Earth. As the Northern Hemisphere changes from summer to fall, the center of the sun and the axis of the Earth match, and both hemispheres have the same sun exposure.

When the sun crosses this midline, the northern part of the Earth sees less of the sun, causing shorter days and cooler temperatures, while the southern hemisphere enters spring with warmer weather and colder days. long.

Why does the first day of autumn change?

Autumn includes the latter part of September and lasts until December 21, when the winter solstice begins.

Most of the time, the autumnal equinox occurs on September 22 or 23, but can very rarely occur on September 21 or 24.

What does the first day of autumn mean in different traditions?

The amount of light plays an important role in many symbolic interpretations of the equinox and the passage into autumn.

Ancient Greece, according to history, celebrated the autumnal equinox when the goddess Persephone returned to the underworld to be with Hades, leaving the world a bit darker.

For Buddhists in Japan, the amount of light is not the important part. The west is considered the land of the dead and since the sun sets in the west during this time, ancestors are celebrated and time is spent remembering them, according to Higashi Honganji USA.

The Harvest Moon also occurs at this time of year, bringing even more traditions and celebrations.