Here are holidays, facts, and folklore for the month of September.
September, in Old England, was called Haervest-monath (Harvest Month). This is the time to gather up the rest of the harvest and prepare for the winter months.
There are flowers enough in the summertime,
More flowers than I can remember—
But none with the purple, gold, and red
That dyes the flowers of September!
—Mary Howitt (1799-1888)
September’s name comes from the Latin word septem, meaning “seven.” This had been the seventh month of the early Roman calendar, which is why its name means “seven.”
This year, Labor Day (the first Monday in September) falls on the 5th. Canadians also observe Labour Day.
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Patriot Day is observed in the United States on September 11, or 9/11.
Did you know that Grandparents Day is celebrated on Sunday, September 11 this year? Honor your grandparents today—and every day!
The month wraps up with Michaelmas, on September 29; this is an ancient Celtic “Quarter Day” which marked the end of the harvesting season and was steeped in folklore.
Recipes for the Season
For more recipes, use our Recipe Search.
Correct any soil deficiencies you’ve noticed; healthy soil is crucial to healthy plants. See more on soil amendments and fixes.
Compost should be watered during dry periods so that it remains active. Learn more about composting.
Onions are nearly ripe when the tips of the leaves turn yellow. See our onion page for harvesting tips.
Sunflower seeds are best dried while still in the plant. See more about how to harvest the seeds.
If you’re running out of ideas on where to store your crops, try using a root cellar.
If you’re planning on baking some apple pies, try consulting our chart of the best apples for baking to help you.
Do you still have herbs left over? If so, use them to make your own herbal remedies.
Try this fun fall craft using apples: Apple Heads.
Help out the birds this coming winter by preparing some bird food for them.
The Full Harvest Moon in September falls on the 16th at 3:05 P.M. EDT. Get the details.
What makes the Harvest Moon different? Find out here.
Check out our Sky Watch for the month’s best night sky events.
Folklore for the Season
- Heavy September rains bring drought.
- September blow soft, till the fruit’s in the loft.
- Married in September’s golden glow, smooth and serene your life will go.
- If the storms of September clear off warm, the storms of the following winter will be warm.
- Fair on September 1st, fair for the month.
Birth Flowers and Birthstone
September’s birth flowers are the aster and the morning glory. The aster signifies powerful love, and the China aster expresses variety or afterthought in the language of flowers. The morning glory symbolizes affection. It can also mean coquetry, affectation, or bonds in the language of flowers. Find out more about September’s birth flowers and the language of flowers.
The September birthstone is the sapphire, which was once thought to guard against evil and poisoning. Find out more about September’s birthstone.