Monday, June 21, 2010
Maybe you remember when I told you all about the Winter Solstice. Well, the Summer Solstice is the opposite of that because now the top part of the earth is leaning toward the sun, and this means that it's hot outside and also that there is more daylight, so you can mow your grass at 8 p.m. and still mostly see what you are doing.
The real solstice is on June 21, but a lot of Midsummer celebrations are on June 23 and 24. The reason for this is because the solstice was a very ancient pagan festival, and it had to do with scaring away all the evil spirits and also with making all the crops grow. But when Christianity came to Europe, the solstice got made into more of a celebration of St. John the Baptist, who was supposedly born on June 24. So the pagan stuff and the religious stuff got kind of mixed up together, and that's why not everybody has parties on the exact same day.
Anyway, for dogs and other animals with fur, what the summer solstice means is that it's time to get busy shedding your old winter coat and growing in your new one. And this is because before you know it, cold weather will be here again, and you will want a nice, thick coat to keep you warm!