Everyone knows that Spain provides a pleasant climate throughout the whole year. Besides that, the summer also returns for a short period during the Michaelmas in Spain. This is right…! We live in a country that, especially in the South, is blessed with a good weather climate.
Nevertheless, autumn reaches the peninsula, too. Namely in September, when the temperatures drop. But at the end of that month, a very strange phenomenon takes place, widely known as ‘Indian Summer’. Temperatures rise again and reach the 28-30 degrees. For a few days the summer is back, the autumnal ambience disappears.
That phenomenon, which occurs every year around the same date, is also known under the name ‘El veranillo de San Miguel’, because it corresponds with the celebration of Saint Michael (On the 29th of September). According to the Catholic religion, Saint Michael is the third Archangel together with Gabriel and Raphael. He symbolizes strength and solidity.
Because of this phenomenon, the most typical clothing at this time of the year is the lighter summer clothing. The world is dunked into a typical summer shade, terraces are fully occupied again and the most most brave people even dare to go back to the beach!
The phenomenon does not affect all Spanish regions in the same way, but at least in Donostia and Almeria it occurs every year. And not all of the Indian summers happen at the exact same date every year, but it mostly starts around that time.
Such situations do not only affect our country. In the Unites States, for example, there is a similar period simply called “Indian Summer”. In the northern countries of South America, particularly in the Republic of Ecuador, this period is known as the “Indian Summer of Souls.”
Although our countries are separated by thousands of miles, it is interesting to discover the many parallels we have in this huge house, our house…. Planet earth…
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