1. Take a trip to China Town. Somewhat confusingly, the Chinese 'Mid-Autumn Festival', or 'Moon Festival', actually falls sometime in September or early October – on the Autumnal equinox. This is one of the most important holidays in the Chinese calendar. It is celebrated with brightly lit lanterns, burning of incense, fire dragon dances, and the consumption of special 'moon cakes'. This year it is on 12th September.
2. Have a cocktail. European settlement of Manhattan, New York, began on 3rd September, 1609. Celebrate with a Manhattan cocktail, made from whiskey, sweet vermouth and bitters. I'll drink to that.
3. Hold a party. September 15th is Agatha Christie's birthday. Get into the detective spirit by holding a 'How to Host a Murder' party. These are great fun, and you can pick the kits up really cheaply on ebay - I'm talking less than $10.
4. Re-discover your inner child. September 18th is Play-Doh Day. What better reason to take a trip down memory lane? Play-Doh is easy to make, and you'll be surprised how much fun it still is all these years later.
5. Talk like a pirate. Ahoy thar, me hearties. SeptembARrrr 19th be International Talk Like a Pirate Day. Wear an eye patch. Pillage a trusty parrot. Drink copious quantities o' spiced rum. Seek buried treasure. Most importantly demand all ye come across address ye in scurvy pirate lingo.
6. Read a book. September 21st is H.G. Wells' birthday. Honour the father of science fiction by delving into the genre at your local library.
7. Drink German beer. Germany's Oktoberfest – known as the 'Largest Volksfes (People's Fair) in the World' – attracts over 6 million people, who between them consume almost 7 million litres of beer. The festival begins in late September and continues through to the first weekend in October.
8. Watch a Bollywood movie. The Hindu festival of Navaratri begins on September 28th this year. The nine-night festival is dedicated to Durga (the mother goddess) and symbolises the triumph of good over evil. Check out the 1966 film of the same name.
9. Call your Grandma. In Japan, 'Respect for the Aged Day' falls during September, as does 'National Grandparents Day' in Northern America. Wherever you're from, maybe it's time to call your old Gran for a chat.
10. Watch a movie. In September 1985, the wreck of the Titanic was finally located. If you can't bring yourself to sit through all three hours of the DiCaprio / Winslett film (1997), maybe you should seek out earlier cinematic versions of the story released in 1943 and 1953. Or you could really flirt with fate by taking a memorial ocean voyage.
Book a weekend in Sydney for that weekend in September, so you can have fun away from the AFL crowds.
By Jody Kimber - senior reviewer Tuesday, 30th of August @ 03:37 am
you and your ideas are great i love it
By diala1 - reader Wednesday, 31st of August @ 05:04 am
Host a Spring into September party! Get your friends together and celebrate everything you love about Spring. The warmer weather, the balmy evenings, the sounds of the birds early in the morning, the fresh smell of newly mowed grass. Everything that's beautiful starts in Spring! And Spring starts in September!
By gigin0 - reader Wednesday, 31st of August @ 10:50 pm
Come to the Sydney Underground Film Festival, which is on from 8-11 September at The Factory Theatre, Marrickville!
By kath0 - reader Thursday, 1st of September @ 06:29 am