What is summer?

What Does summer Mean

The etymology of estío leads us to the Latin word aestīvum . The term refers to summer : the hottest season of the year.

Summertime, on an astronomical level, begins with the summer solstice and ends with the autumn equinox . This means that the season begins around June 21 in the Northern Hemisphere and December 21 in the Southern Hemisphere , while it ends around September 23 in the Northern Hemisphere and March 21 in the Southern Hemisphere .

Due to the climatic conditions that it usually presents, it is usual that the summer encourages outdoor activities . The summer season also favors beach tourism .
It is interesting to mention that, although today it is understood that summer and summer are synonymous (as indicated in the dictionary of the Royal Spanish Academy ), long ago they were different seasons. In some regions , until the 18th century , five seasons were recognized : the hottest was summer, which followed summer and preceded autumn. Miguel de Cervantes wrote about the five stations in “Don Quixote” , for example.
It is known as summer wine , on the other hand, a cleansing drink that is prepared with dandelion (the plant whose scientific name is Taraxacum officinale ). The recipe includes flowers of this species, water, sugar, lemon and orange, among other ingredients.
Finally, “El vino del estío” is the title with which the novel “Dandelion Wine” , written by the American Ray Bradbury, was translated into Spanish. It was published in 1957 and had a continuation in 2006 .

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