Midsummer's Day: a conundrum

AliceWhite_01Hey, here’s a question for you:  Why, in the northern hemisphere, do we call 21st June ‘Midsummer’s Day’ when 21st June actually marks ‘the start of Summer’?  Aha…

Did you know that in meteororololololgical terms Spring begins on 1st March, Summer on 1st June, Autumn – 1st September and Winter – 1st December?  Those dates make more sense to me in terms of what the weather is actually doing, certainly where I live, and in my own mind this is closer to how I think of the year. (That still doesn’t make ‘Midsummer’s‘ day on 21st June mind you).  Confusing, innit?

Well, just who went and confused things by willy nilly declaring the start of the seasons as the 21st of March, June, September and December?  I bet it was those pesky Christians (no hate mail please – to all intents and purposes I’m one of them …which doesn’t necessarily mean that I’m currently a fully paid-up member of the club).   If you know the answer, do tell.


Happy Fathers’ Day to all the Dads out there.  If you haven’t already, check out the videos I posted yesterday:  A funny (and wincingly painful) clip from the brilliant Paul Merton’s trip to India, and maybe my favourite ad of all time (well…so far), the Guinness surfers and white horses ad.



Filed under Home, modern life, Smile / Humour

8 responses to “Midsummer's Day: a conundrum

  1. Olman

    One reason i could think of is that the 21 st of June corresspond to the Summer solstice as the 21st of December mark the Winter solstice. As for the 21st of March and the 21st of September, each one mark the Equinoxe, when day and night are about equal in time.
    Maybe that last cup of tea made me write that 😀

  2. I did not know that we referred to June 21 as Midsummer’s Day! You learn something new every day, I guess!

  3. Ostara

    I found info on the web that 24th June is the mid point between sowing and harvest, therefore thought of by the farmers as “midsummer”. Just another thing to throw into the pot!

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