by extramarks - Academics - September 30, 2019 Curtains Down on September 2019 Curtains come down on another month, as 2019 races towards its close. Yes, today is the last day of September, and we have successfully closed the 9th month of the year, with lots of triumphs and step-ups in our journey. This was a special month for us since we launched a host of new features, led by #Alex, our own AI-based studybot, in Extramarks – The Learning App. September, however, was not always the 9th month of the year. The word September, in fact, comes from septum, which means seven in Roman. This was because September was originally the 7th month of the Roman calendar. This is not the only interesting fact about this month. Here are a few more for you to chew on. According to the Romans, the month of September is looked after by Vulcan – the Roman god of Fire. They, hence, expected the month of September to be full of fires, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. The month of September is the northern hemisphere has a weather similar to the month of March in the southern hemisphere. In Old English or Anglo Saxon, September was Gerst Monath (Barley Month) or Haefest Monath (Harvest Month), marking the end of harvest and beginning of winters. September is the transition month between monsoon and winters, generally considered to be the first month of fall or autumn. Notice that gentle nip in the air? This lowering of temperature is what heralds the onset of autumn. September is the 9th month of the calendar and has 9 letters in its spelling – it is the only month with such a coincidence to its name. Here are a few important celebrations which take place in the month of September. 5th September – This day is celebrated as Teacher’s Day in India, marking the birth anniversary of the great educationist, Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, who was also the first Vice-President of India. 8th September – This is observed as the International Literacy Day. It is a day for countries, governments and individuals to revisit challenges to education and formulate tangible policies to bring about an improvement in literacy rates across the world. 16th September – This day is recognized as a very important one in global ecological initiatives and is called International Day for the Preservation of Ozone Layer. 21st September – This day is marked as the International Day of Peace. The United Nations General Assembly has stated that it is a day devoted to ‘strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples’. 27th September – It is a day to celebrate travel and exploration, and is recognized as the World Tourism Day. The 2019 World Tourism Day theme, as declared by UN, was ‘Tourism and Jobs – A Better Future for All’. So much to absorb, just by shifting our focus to learning about a month. As this month closes and another one starts, we wish you luck and motivation to learn!