Sunday, 1 June 2014



This is the best season of year!

What is a summer?

The date of the beginning of summer varies according to climate, tradition and culture, but when it is summer in the Northern Hemisphere it is winter in the Southern Hemisphere, and vice versa.

From an astronomical view, the equinoxes and solstices would be the middle of the respective seasons, but a variable seasonal lag means that the meteorological start of the season, which is based on average temperature patterns, occurs several weeks later than the start of the astronomical season.

Vladimir Ammon. The Summer Landscape

Summer extends for the whole months of June, July, and August in the Northern Hemisphere. Under meteorological definitions, all seasons are arbitrarily set to start at the beginning of a calendar month and end at the end of a month.

Isaak Levitan. Summer

The meteorological reckoning of seasons is used in Austria, Denmark and the former Soviet Union. It is also used by many in the United Kingdom. In Ireland, the summer months according to the national meteorological service, Met √Čireann, are June, July and August. However, according to the Irish Calendar summer begins 1 May and ends 1 August.

Days continue to lengthen from equinox to solstice and summer days progressively shorten after the solstice, so meteorological summer encompasses the build-up to the longest day and a diminishing thereafter, with summer having many more hours of daylight than spring. Reckoning by hours of daylight alone, summer solstice marks the midpoint, not the beginning, of the seasons.

Midsummer takes place over the shortest night of the year, which is the summer solstice, or on a nearby date that varies with tradition.

Reckoning by cultural festivals, the summer season in the United States is commonly regarded as beginning on Memorial Day weekend and ending on Labor Day weekend. The similar Canadian tradition starts summer on Victoria Day one week prior and ends, as in the United States, on Labor Day.

End of Summer

Also, a first day of Summer is the International Children's Day which was established by the Women's International Democratic Federation on its congress in Moscow in 1949.

Homeless Children

Have a nice summer! Enjoy it!