Autumn Solstice

22nd September 2021

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.

  1. 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.
  2. No film with Autumn in its title has ever won an Oscar; all the other seasons have
  3. In North America, autumn is known as ‘fall’
  4. During an equinox, day and night are at equal length around the world.
  5. 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.
  6. In Australia and New Zealand, Autumn officially begins on 1 March and ends on 31 May
  7. Until 1500, Autumn was called ‘harvest’ in Britain
  8. 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!