[ExI] Happy Solstice!

Alex Ramonsky alex at ramonsky.com
Sat Jun 23 09:30:00 UTC 2007

You're probably right [and thanks Amara for the super links] but that's 
not my question.  :  )
My question is, why is it _called_ "midsummer solstice" in cultures that 
believe it's the beginning of summer? It seems as foolish as saying 
"Please enter through the middle door"  meaning the one at the start, or 
"I'll meet you midweek" when one means Monday. This started because I 
heard a parent say "Midsummer solstice is the start of summer" to a 
child and I could see the confusion on the kid's face as he tried to 
work it out! These Romans are crazy!  :  )

spike wrote:

>Growing seasons would lag behind the solar seasons, which is the most
>critical schedule to most societies.  Those smart Celts, being astronomy
>minded, would perhaps be more likely ignore the air temperature and note the
>celestial cues.

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