August 30, 2021

The History of September

By Eloise Graham

At one time, September was the seventh month of the calendar year. This was when the original Roman calendar was used. The first month of the year ran from New Years Day until mid March timeline. The month derived its name from the Latin word septem meaning seven. But because of the addition of two months earlier in the year, September became the ninth month.

In 1752, the British changed from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar. They needed to adjust some of the days to get the seasons to align with the months. They took eleven days from the month of September, September 3 through September 14 and deleted them. September now consists of 30 days and is the transitional time from summer
to autumn.

September is known as the Harvest Month, a great month to harvest in preparation for the coming winter. Some of the best crops to harvest are onions, apples, raspberries and tomatoes. The Anglo-Saxons also called this month Great Month, meaning barley month. This was the month they harvested their barley crops. September is also often associated with fire, since it is the month of the Roman god Vulcan, the god of fire and force.

Some of the best known September holidays include Labor Day, Grandparents Day, Patriot Day, Constitution Day (and Week), Rosh Hashanah, Native American Day and Talk Like a Pirate Day.

Foodies love this month because so many days are set aside to honor foods. They include: World Bread, International Bacon, Cheese Pizza, Salami, Nut Bread, Chocolate Milk Shake, Fortune Cookie, Peanut, International Crab Fest, Cream-Filled Donut, Apple Dumpling, Cheeseburger, Butterscotch Pudding, Pepperoni Pizza, Fruit Punch and Cherries Jubilee.

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