Wednesday, 23 September 2015
The Autumn Equinox, or the first day of autumn occurs today.
This is when the north and south poles of the earth are not tilted towards or away from the sun, as at other times, but are aligned so as to give, the same amount of daylight in both of the earth's hemispheres.
The term equinox, derived from Latin, meaning equal night.
The full moon that appears in our sky nearest to the Autumn Equinox is called the Harvest Moon and this is when farmers would harvest their crops.
My only real recollection of this time is from my infant school days and the celebration of the Harvest Festival, where we all had to bring some form of food from home, a celebration of the food grown on the land. I can always remember, as I grew up, being disappointed that the vast majority of the food was tinned, and the school hall wasn't filled with baskets of apples, pumpkins or a couple of marrows, all nicely laid out on small bales of hay. My children were encouraged to bring tinned or packet food to all their Harvest Festival celebrations, and now, quite rightly, nothing goes to waste and the food that has been put on display is usually made into parcels and given to people in need.