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The Season of Autumn
I remember growing up on the banks of the river, spending many-ah-hour sitting by the rivers edge just watching the wind blow the Autumn leaves from the trees into the water. The fall winds would take the leaves and glide them smoothly across the smooth slilent waves until they were no longer in sight.

Autumn is the season during which most crops are harvested.  The thought of pumpkins start to enter our heads and walks through deciduous trees become our favorite pass time. Theres nothing like walking through a park or forest as we shuffle our feet through the fallen leaves of Autumn. The nice cool weather blows across our face and we know that the Holiday season is here.
Pam Svoboda

What's the definition of Autumn?
"Autumn (also known as Fall in North American English) is one of the four temperate seasons. Autumn marks the transition from summer into winter, usually in late March (southern hemisphere) or late September (northern hemisphere) when the arrival of night becomes noticeably earlier."

"In theory, astronomically, the equinoxes ought to be the middle of the respective seasons, but temperature lag (caused by the thermal latency of the ground and sea) means that seasons appear later than dates calculated from a purely astronomical perspective. The actual lag varies with region, so some cultures regard the autumnal equinox as "mid-autumn" whilst others treat it as the start of autumn."

Autumn starts on or around 15 September and ends on about 20 December in solar term.

"In Ireland, the autumn months according to the national meteorological service, Met Éireann, are September, October and November. However, according to the Irish Calendar which is based on ancient Celtic traditions, autumn counts throughout the months of August, September, and October."

"In the Southern Hemisphere, autumn begins around 21 March and ends around 21 June."

"In Australia Autumn officially begins on 1st March and ends 31st May.
The vast diversity of the ecological zones of the Australian continent renders the rigid European seasonal calendar an imposed cultural concept rather than relevant to climactic conditions. The seasonal cycles as named and described by the various indigenous Aboriginal peoples of Australia differ substantially from one another according to their local geographical and ecological environment and are intricately dependent on local environmental events and resources."

"The word autumn comes from the Old French word autompne (automne in modern French), and was later normalized to the original Latin word autumnus. There are rare examples of its use as early as the 12th century, but it became common by the 16th century."

"Before the 16th century, harvest was the term usually used to refer to the season. However, as more people gradually moved from working the land to living in towns (especially those who could read and write, the only people whose use of language we now know), the word harvest lost its reference to the time of year and came to refer only to the actual activity of reaping, and fall, as well as autumn, began to replace it as a reference to the season."

"The alternative word fall is now mostly a North American English word for the season. It traces its origins to old Germanic languages. The exact derivation is unclear, the Old English fiæll or feallan and the Old Norse fall all being possible candidates. However, these words all have the meaning "to fall from a height" and are clearly derived either from a common root or from each other. The term came to denote the season in the 16th century, a contraction of Middle English expressions like "fall of the leaf" and "fall of the year"."

"During the 17th century, English immigration to the colonies in North America was at its peak, and the new settlers took their language with them. While the term fall gradually became obsolescent in Britain, it became the more common term in North America, where autumn is nonetheless preferred in scientific and often in literary contexts."

"Autumn in poetry has often been associated with melancholy. The possibilities of summer are gone, and the chill of winter is on the horizon. Skies turn grey, and people turn inward, both physically and mentally."

"In North America, autumn is also associated with the Halloween season (which in turn was influenced by Samhain, a Celtic autumn festival), and with it a widespread marketing campaign that promotes it. The television, film, book, costume, home decoration, and confectionery industries use this time of year to promote products closely associated with such holiday, with promotions going from early September to 31 October, since their themes rapidly lose strength once the holiday ends, and advertising starts concentrating on Christmas."

"Since 1997, Autumn has been one of the top 100 names for girls in the United States."

"Although color change in leaves occurs wherever deciduous trees are found, colored autumn foliage is most famously noted in two regions of the world: most of Canada and the United States; and Eastern Asia, including China, Korea, and Japan."

"Eastern Canada and the New England region of the United States are famous for the brilliance of their autumnal foliage, and this attracts major tourism (worth billions of US$) for the regions."

Traditional Foods of Autumn

Yes in deed Fall means it's Apple Season.  National Apple Month is the months of September October and November and the perfect fruit for the Autumn Season. Apple Pie has long been the #1 favorite pie for many years and not just during the Fall Season either.  The second most favorite pie is pumpkin followed by         ,         then cherry.

Apple Pie Recipes
Apple Dumplings
Pumpkin Soup
Pumpkin pie
Sweet Potato Souffle
Cranberry Sauce
Potato pie
Dressing in the Southern United States
Corn Casserole
Sweet Corn Relish

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