September Holidays – Overview
The ninth month of the calendar year ushers in a host of Autumn loving holidays. In the Northern Hemisphere, September is the end of summer and the beginning of fall. It also means the start of a brand new school year.
Well before the Julian and Gregorian calendars, September was the 7th month of the Roman calendar. Septem means seven in Latin. At the time, there were only 10 months. In 700 BC, Numa Pompilius added January and February to the calendar. This change more accurately reflected the length of a year on Earth. As a result, September became the 9th month on the calendar.
Glittery, blue sapphires are September’s birthstone. If you’re born in September you might share a birthday with Herman Melville, Gloria Estefan, Keanu Reeves, Salma Hayek, Harry Connick Jr., Lance Armstrong, H.G. Wells, or Anne Burrell. Celebrate your September birthday by finding the holiday you share.
Speaking of birthdays, did you know that September’s birth flowers are the aster and the morning glory? While morning glories bloom almost all summer long, the aster shines in September.
September Holidays to Warm You
While September sees a downtick in the number of outdoorsy days, that doesn’t mean you can’t get outside and enjoy the waning days of summer. Labor Day kicks off the trend giving many in the United States a three-day weekend. National Hunting and Fishing Day, National Ghost Hunting Day, and Public Lands Day wrap up the month. As the days cool, expect the holidays in September to draw you inside. Bowling, dancing, gymnastics, reading books, and kids taking over the kitchen all happen in September. Add hot beverages to the coziness of the September holidays, too. National Chai Day and National Hot Mulled Cider Day check off that list.
Thirty days hath September as the poem goes. And that means 30 days to celebrate holidays, too! Like many months on the calendar, September is full of food holidays. Since the autumnal equinox is one of the holidays in September, we begin to see fall-themed holidays – National Tailgating Day, National Spice Blend Day, Acorn Squash Day, and National School Picture Day come to mind.
What are your favorite holidays in September?