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The Autumnal Equinox

"I cannot endure to waste anything as precious as autumn sunshine by staying in the house.  So I spend almost all the daylight hours in the open air.”
-  Nathaniel Hawthorne 

You would be hard pressed to find a better city in the country, if not the world, to spend daylight hours in the open air of Fall then in Philadelphia.

For those of you old enough to remember, and I can’t believe I just used that line, Philly’s own Hall & Oates actually have song entitled “Fall In Philadelphia.” It’s a tune from one of their earliest albums, Whole Oats.

The chorus goes something like this…

I've got to move myself out to the country
I'm lookin' out for any place at all
I'm gonna spend another Fall In Philadelphia.

And while the song itself doesn’t paint the best of pictures for Fall in Philadelphia, it does remind us just how special it is to spend Fall in a great American city. To see the leaves change as we cruise down Kelly Drive. And that unmistakable feel of chilly air that tells us it’s time for some Eagles football.

There’s nothing quite like it.

So get out there, take some deep breaths and fill your lungs with that clean, crisp fall  air. Throw on a sweatshirt or jacket and frolic in the leaves. Take a hay ride, visit a pumpkin patch.

In the meantime, here are some some fun facts about the Autumnal Equinox:

*On a day of the equinox, the center of the Sun spends a roughly equal amount of time above and below the horizon at every location on the Earth, night and day being of roughly the same length.

*The word equinox derives from the Latin words aequus (equal) and nox (night); in reality, the day is longer than the night at an equinox.

*The Autumnal, or Fall Equinox is also known as Alban Elfed, Autumn Equinox, Autumnal Equinox, Cornucopia, Feast of Avilon, Festival of Dionysus, Harvest Home, Harvest Tide, Mabon, Night of the Hunter, Second Harvest Festival, Wine Harvest, Witch's Thanksgiving, and the first day of autumn?


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1:20 PM
Mon Sep 21 2009
good read

Nice article and of course LOVE Hall and Oates reference!! Love this time of year!