Student reflects on fall traditions

Commentary by
Jimena Pacheli

August is gone, we’re halfway through September and October will be coming really soon. These are more than just three months in the year. These months bring an important aesthetic of golden and orange leaves as well as sweaters, Ugg boots, scarves and Starbucks pumpkin spice lattes.

However, there are a lot of other things that revolve around autumn that you probably don’t even think about!
Haust is the Old Norse word for harvest. It means “to gather or pluck.” With the coming of industrialization, and people’s migration to the cities, the word “harvest” fell out of use and people began to use “fall of the leaf,” which was later shortened to “fall.”

According to Greek mythology, fall begins when Persephone, the only daughter of the gods Zeus and Demeter, returns to the underworld and to her husband, Hades. Heartbroken for the loss of her daughter to Hades, Demeter, goddess of harvest and agriculture, allows the crops and harvest to die until the return of Persephone to Earth, which marks the beginning of spring.
Oktoberfest is a celebration that began in 1810 as a result of the marriage of King Ludwig I to Princess Therese of Saxe Hildburghausen.

During the celebration, to which the citizens of Munich were invited, there were horse races, festivities and spectacles. The decision to repeat the festival next year is what led to what we now know as Oktoberfest.
Halloween’s origins date back to the tribes of the Celts, who held the festival of Samhain. The Celts celebrated New Year on Nov. 1 because this day marked the end of summer and harvest and the beginning of winter. This date was associated with human death, and it was believed that on the night of Oct. 31 the spirits of the dead returned to Earth.

It was thought that the presence of the spirits helped Druids- Celtic priests- to make accurate predictions about the future.
Fall is the time in which a lot of animals migrate. Monarch butterflies migrate from the U.S. to Mexico and fly at a speed of 12 miles per hour during their migration.

They roughly travel about 50 miles per day. Monarchs are the only insect that travels up to 3,100 miles to find a warmer climate.

The people who live closest to the equator have never experienced fall! You heard right. The weather of the countries near the equator is consistently warm.

According to ancient legends and superstition, catching a falling leaf during autumn means good luck. For every leaf you catch, you’ll have a lucky month next year. So go out and get those leaves!

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