Why The Dog Days Of Summer?
Oh we know you're hot and bothered around this time of year. The humidity levels are rising as well as the mercury, and you might even start to feel a little crazy? We already covered why you don’t want to shave that beard right now so don’t lose your mind and grab a razor.
But where does the phrase "Dog Days” come from anyway? Well as with many of our names you can look to the Greeks and Romans. Dog Days are considered to be from July 3rd through August 11th, when the Dog Star, Sirius, rises and lines up pretty close in conjunction with the Sun.
Sirus is called the Dog Star because it is the brightest star in the constellation Canis Major, it also happens to be the brightest star in the sky!
(Sorry we aren’t talking about Keanu’s 90s Alt Band)
Anyway with it lining up with Sun, and it being such a bright star, and the time of year being so hot some people kind of put the two together and you get the whole “Dog Days Of Summer” thing.
Another thing that pushes the Dog Days phrase further into public consciousness in history is related to Saint Roch, a dude who survived the plague but was beaten and pushed out into the woods by villagers and survived after a dog brought him some bread and licked his wounds, thus he is considered the patron saint of dogs, among other things.
Anyway there are many festivals in mid-August, Feasts of Saint Roch or Rocco as the cool kids call him, so maybe this helps feed the notion of the Dog Days of Summer. Saint Roch also happened to have a great beard that helped to distract from the plague sores he loved to show off by lifting his pant leg (or robe or what ever he was wearing back then) to anyone who cared to look. Seriously, Saint Roch would have been perfect in a Judd Apatow movie.
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