The First Day of Fall - September 22
Sun, Sep 22, 2024

The First Day of Fall

The First Day of Fall occurs when the Sun passes through the celestial equator, a line that runs perpendicular to the Earth’s equator in a north-south direction. Every year on September 22, the autumnal equinox occurs in the Northern Hemisphere, and the spring equinox occurs in the Southern Hemisphere. On this day, the Sun is directly on the equator, and the length of day and night is the same. Beginning September 23, the nights in the Northern Hemisphere become longer, and the days in the Southern Hemisphere become longer.


It turns out that the word ‘autumn’ has ancient Etruscan roots. It was used by the Romans and later entered the Latin lexicon as ‘autumnus’. During the Middle Ages, the word lost popularity until the 16th century. Later, this term in England began to refer to the harvest season. In North America, the term ‘fall’ is used today.

Interesting Facts

  • Many people associate the fall period with Thanksgiving, Halloween, and numerous traditions related to these holidays.
  • Fall is a period of tourism, as nature in different parts of the planet acquires amazing, bright colors.
  • Druids associated the autumn equinox with the end of the harvest and the beginning of preparations for winter.

How to Take Part

Spend this day in the countryside, pick apples, or gather pumpkins or other crops to appreciate how generous nature is around us. If you like to travel, consider several interesting options for a trip: Kyoto, Vermont (New England), Iceland, Chicago, Ontario, or Bavaria (Germany). Watch films with a fall mood and enjoy football matches, as fall is football season.

When is The First Day of Fall in 2024?

The First Day of Fall is observed on September 22 each year.


Weekday Month Day Year
Sunday September 22 2024
Monday September 22 2025
Tuesday September 22 2026
Wednesday September 22 2027
Friday September 22 2028
Saturday September 22 2029