Dreaming of pumpkin lattes, caramel apples, and turkey and mashed potatoes? So are we! It’s finally Autumn, a favorite season to many who enjoy the fun foods, festivities, and cooler weather. Western Union (WU) has 10 reasons why autumn is one of the best seasons, and why there’s much to be happy about this time of year.
Many people love Autumn for the changing colors of leaves. Trees that were once green explode into beautiful hues of gold, red, and orange. The colors are especially breathtaking in places like New England in the United States, the Douro River Valley in Portugal, and Bavaria in Germany, inspiring many people to travel to these spots to take in the scenery.
If you love pumpkins, then you’re in luck! Pumpkin flavors can be found everywhere in Autumn, particularly in traditional favorites like pumpkin pie and pumpkin bread, and in more modern treats like pumpkin-spiced teas and coffees. Be sure to get your fill before the season ends!
Autumn is one of the best times of year for sweets. Caramel apples, taffies, and candies can be found in abundance, as well as pumpkin pie, pecan pie, apple pie...basically any kind of pie your heart may desire. If you’re indulging in pumpkin pie this Autumn, don’t forget the whipped cream!
After the intense heat of the summer, it can be a relief when it finally starts to cool down. September is a great month weather-wise, as warm days start to give way to cool, crisp nights. After months of blasting the air conditioning, the beginning of Autumn often ushers in cooler breezes that allow you to finally keep the windows open.
When it’s intensely hot in the summer, fashion can sometimes go by the wayside in favor of coolness and comfort. However, Autumn ushers in new fashions like jackets, sweaters, and boots that tend to be more flattering than shorts and flip flops, and more fun to wear.
If you’re lucky enough to have a firepit on your property, or know someone who does, this is the ideal time of year to use it! There’s nothing like roasting hot dogs, brats, or marshmallows over an open fire. Be sure to take advantage now before winter comes and it’s too cold!
Arts and Crafts
Whether you’re carving pumpkins for Halloween, crafting an intricate sugar skull for Dia de Los Muertos, or stuffing a cornucopia for Thanksgiving, there are plenty of crafts to keep both kids and adults busy every Autumn.
Autumn is chock full of holiday festivities around the world, such as Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Dia de Los Muertos. Autumn holidays are particularly enjoyable because of the wonderful meals, tasty treats, elaborate costumes, and rich colors that go along with the celebrations.
Autumn wouldn’t be complete without Oktoberfests! Although the original Oktoberfest is held in Munich, Germany each year, cities around the world have followed suit with their own Oktoberfests, offering Bavarian-style food and drink, and fun for the whole family. Dancing (or watching others dance) to an Oompah band with a beer or brat in your hand is sure to bring a smile to your face.
Autumn is a popular time for festivals, carnivals, and parades. Diwali, a festival of lights held in Autumn, is an important celebration in Muslim countries, where cities celebrate with fireworks, and people decorate their homes with elaborate lanterns and light displays. Other unique Autumn festivals around the world include the Matchmaking Festival in Ireland, the Maskarra Festival (festival of smiles) in the Philippines, and Entenrennen, a rubber duck race, in Germany.
As you can see, Autumn is definitely one of the best seasons of the year, offering festivities that the entire family can enjoy. What Autumn activities do you like to do with your family? Let us know in the comments!