The month of September is the last month of summer and the first month of autumn in the northern hemisphere and the first month of spring in the southern hemisphere. Historic names for September are autumn moon, Herb Sting, wood month and Engel month. In the Catholic religion, the month of September is dedicated to Our Lady of Sorrows.
In Ancient Greece, September was called Boedromion. As in some rituals of witches, the day of the equinox is a very powerful day for practitioners of occult sciences. In Liechtenstein is the Nativity of Mary on September 8, a public holiday.
In Switzerland is the Brother Klaus festival on 25 September in the canton Obwalden, a public holiday. In Austria the only holiday this month is the regional Rupertikirtag on 24 September. It is to commemorate the holy Rupert of Salzburg celebrated in Salzburg. However, it is a holiday after state law that only affects schools, as well as some offices and authorities.
Since 1993 on the second Sunday in September as part of the European Heritage Days is held under the motto Living history. More special days can be found in the list of commemoration and action days. In Munich begins traditionally since 1872, the Oktoberfest in the second half of September and Moon Festival more correctly called Mid-Autumn Festival.
In Colombia, the third Saturday of September is celebrated the Day of Love and Friendship. In Japan, the third Monday of September is celebrated as Respect Day for the elderly. In many countries of the northern hemisphere, in September starts the school year. In Canada and the United States, the first Monday in September is celebrated Labor Day. In Canada and the United States, the first Sunday after Labor Day is celebrated Grandparent's Day. United States celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 until October 15.
Every year, September begins the same day of the week as December. In 1752, the British Empire adopted the Gregorian calendar. That year, September 2 was followed by September 14. In Usenet it says that the month of September 1993 (Eternal September) never finished. The Second World War began and ended in September (1939-1945).
In Croatian, September is called rujan because the leaves turn red before falling in autumn. In Czech, September is called září (brightness). In Finnish, September is called syyskuu (autumn month). In Polish, September is called wrzesień (the month blooming Calluna flowers). In Turkish, September is called eylül which means grapes month.
In Amharic and Tigrinya, September is called Meskerem, because it is the month of blooming yellow flowers Meskerem, marking the beginning of the New Year according to the old Orthodox Christian calendars. For Eritrea and Ethiopia, is also the beginning of the great season of crops in both countries.