It's Summer! Traditions from the Old Farmer's Almanac

dreamy woman walking in nature towards the sun

Summer Solstice traditions from the Old Farmer's Almanac

  • Tourists travel to Stonehenge in England to experience the solstice.
  • In Sweden, the first day of summer is marked by eating the first strawberries of the season.
  • In ancient Egypt the new year began on the summer solstice. It coincided with the annual flooding of the Nile.
  • Many cultures light bonfires to mark the arrival of the season. 

Summer Facts:

  • Summer's name comes from the Old English word sumor.
  • Solstice comes from the Latin words sol, meaning sun and sistere, which means come to a stop.
  • The “dog days of summer” take place from July 3rd through August 11th. Those weeks are named for the Dog Star, which the ancient Greeks blamed for the hot temperatures. 
  • The Eiffel Tower grows six inches in the summer.
  • The summer is when Hollywood releases blockbuster movies.
  • July is the hottest month in the Northern Hemisphere.
  • While we in the Northern Hemisphere are enjoying summer, the Southern Hemisphere is settling in for winter.


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