September marks the beginning of the academic year in many countries and it is highly associated with the harvesting period. September is called the “harvest month” in numerous countries across the globe.
In Greece , one of the traditional customs during the month of September was the hanging of fruit and pomegranate branches in different parts of the house. The breaking of the pomegranates, as nowadays, was considered to be luck and happiness for all members of the family. During the first day of September the mother of each family collected water from a fountain or a well, and homes, crops and animals were sprayed with the water before the sun rose. People also drank the remaining water believing that it would give them good health and save them from the Devil, who, according to the custom, chose on that day those who were “going to be taken” that year. In some areas, they call this water “immortal water”.