The Autumn Equinox, the start of the autumn season, falls on September 21st, a date that is peculiar for a number of reasons: the sun rises exactly in the east and sets exactly in the west, while the lengths of day and night are absolutely the same. Although at our latitudes the effects cannot be perceived, at the North Pole a night lasting six months begins while, at the South Pole, a day lasting half a year also begins. It is a date loaded with symbolism and fertility rituals, insofar as autumn is the time of harvests and the preservation of foods in preparation, both physically and emotionally, for the coming winter.
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