The name September comes from the Latin word “septem” which means “seven”. According to the Roman calendar, the first month was March and so September was the seventh month. Later it became the ninth month with the introduction of January and February most probably around 153 BC. But the name was not changed.
According to the Julian and Gregorian calendars, September is the ninth month of the year. In the beginning it has twenty-nine days until the Roman reforms that added another day making September a month with thirty days in all. It is an outstanding month and is celebrated in different ways by people following various traditions. September is also the start of school year for some countries when students return to school after their long summer vacation.
Fact 2 – Tradition
The month of September had various names according to traditional beliefs. The Anglo-Saxons called it “Gerst Monath” meaning Barley month because they harvested barley at this time. They used this barley to prepare their favorite drink – barley brew. They also called September as “Haefest monath meaning Harvest Month. The Romans believed that September was taken care of by Vulcan, their God of fires, volcanoes and earthquakes.
Fact 3 – Weather Variations in Different Parts Of The World
The climates of the Northern and Southern Hemispheres always vary. September in the Northern Hemisphere is same as the season in March in the Southern Hemisphere. Southern United States has the warmest months of the year while the Northern States enjoy very cool nights. It is harvest time in Switzerland. The beginning of September is the start of meteorological autumn in the Northern Hemisphere but it is spring time in the Southern Hemisphere.
Fact 4 – Interesting Facts
The birthstone for the month of September is Sapphire. It represents intuition, clarity of thoughts and peacefulness. It was used to treat fever and reduce inflammation in traditional medicine. Sapphire is considered to bring luck to the wearer and reduces anxiety and procrastination.
Every month is related to some flower. September has three birth-flowers namely the Forget-Me-Not, the Morning Glory and the Astor. Each flower expresses certain specific feelings as Forget-me-nots represent love and memories, Morning Glory expresses unrequited love and Asters too speak about love. All the three are passionate flowers and are really beautiful.
The zodiac signs for September are Virgo for those born between August 23rd and September 23rd; and Libra for those whose birthdays fall between September 23rd and October 22nd.
September starts on the same day of the week as December every year but does not end on the same day. Moreover September has thirty days while December has thirty-one days.
Fact 5 – Worst Events Witnessed In September
September witnessed the worst event that no one can ever forget. 9/11 was the day when terrorism was at its peak that led to the ghastly act.
On 11th September 2001, nineteen militants who were associated with the Islamic extremist group al-Qaeda hijacked four airliners and carried out suicide attacks against targets in the United States. Two of the planes were flown into the towers of the World Trade Center in New York, a third plane hit the Pentagon just outside Washington D.C. and the fourth crashed in a field in Pennsylvania.
Fact 6 – Effects of The 9/11 Attacks
The 9/11 attacks resulted in extensive death and destruction. Innumerable innocent people lost their lives. The 9/11 Memorial Museum collection contains personal items and artifacts accompanied by accounts of the day and stories of courage, heroism and loss. This incident triggered U.S. to take initiatives to combat terrorism. More than three thousand people were killed during the attacks in New York City and Washington D.C., including more than four hundred firefighters and police officers.