Last week we shared an apple pie recipe to celebrate being so close to autumn. Well, we’re now not close to autumn – it officially is autumn! Today, the 22nd of September is the autumn solstice, so we thought we’d share some fun facts about the day.
- The autumn solstice, like the beginning of all seasons, can only happen because the Earth is rotating on a tilted axis, meaning that we don’t get sun for a long in the day at certain times of the year.
- No film with Autumn in its title has ever won an Oscar; all the other seasons have
- In North America, autumn is known as ‘fall’
- During an equinox, day and night are at equal length around the world.
- Leaves turn orange/red in autumn because during winter there is not enough light for photosynthesis to occur, meaning there is no green chlorophyll left in the leaves.
- In Australia and New Zealand, Autumn officially begins on 1 March and ends on 31 May
- Until 1500, Autumn was called ‘harvest’ in Britain
- According to superstition, when a person catches a falling leaf during autumn, good luck will come to them
Feel free to let us know if you know any more fun autumn facts. Happy autumn solstice!