First Day Of Autumn For 2012 Is September 22—What Is Fall?
September 22 is the first day of fall for 2012.
(Above–The 1890 painting Autumn Rain by Julian Alden Weir.)
What exactly is fall?
From that defintion–
“The autumnal equinox marks the first day of the fall season. On this day, the Sun is again directly over the earth’s equator, and daylight lasts 12 hours in the Northern Hemisphere and decreasing. This day is typically recognized as September 22 in the Northern Hemisphere. In the Southern Hemisphere, the first day of spring is recognized on September 23.”
Though I imagine we all get the idea no matter the specific definition. Even if it is our own idea of fall that we get.
The seasons mean different things to different people and the seasons mean different things depending on where you live.
The seasons may also mean something totally different from what we take them to represent in everyday thought.
Martin Luther King once said this—
“The sweltering summer of the Negro’s legitimate discontent will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality.”
Here is the link to my 2012 Martin Luther King Reading & Reference List. This is the best such resource on the web.
Metaphor gives life substance.
Above is a picture taken by Wing-Chi Poon of the Lost Maples State Natural Area in Texas.
This park is in Bandera and Real counties in Texas. It is yet another resource provided by government for the good of the general public.
I turned 45 a few days ago. I don’t suppose that it is yet the autumn of my years. Maybe it is mid to late summer.
For those who don’t want summer to ever end—No need to worry.
Houston is often very hot and first day of fall does not mean so much. It’s greatest meaning may be that hurricanes rarely strike this part of the country after the third week of September.
How should we note the first day of fall? Should we conduct a sacrifice?
No. I think that would be somewhat severe.
Instead, let us mark the new season by being kind to others.
I think that would be best for all seasons of the year.
(Below—Autumn at Tsaritsyano Park in Moscow. Picture taken by Корзун Андрей.)
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