Why summer bare?
"Indian summer" is not a scientific term, but a phraseological turnover. There are several versions of its origin.
First – historical. According to her, India Summer comes twice and has certain boundaries associated with the calendar of peasant work. The life of the peasant was very regulated, every day carried some duties, to postpone which "for tomorrow" was impossible, since the climate in Russia did not differ in a constancy or generosity.
Young Indian Summer began on August 28, on Assumption. Previously, the harvest was completed by this time, and exceptionally began to work. It does not mean that they rested before. No, they are, of course, shook bread. Just in India, the summer began precisely female work, because men definitely did not stop Len and did not spin cucumbers. This period ended on September 11. There is even a saying: "Ivan Lachy – Autumn Father Cross".
The second period, the old grandee summer, also marked with female work: Flax drying. September 14, seeds day, called the seed with a seed. According to the folk view, the Indian summer could last until 21, and then until September 24, when the final meeting of autumn took place. Now these boundaries are more suspended, but also people people follow not so accurate.
The second version of the origin of this expression says that the early warm autumn was so called because women in the old days were attributed to the power to return the seasons and influence the weather. Indeed, scientists confirm an annual increase in air temperature for several September days.
The third theory dates back to the name of the fine web, which, flying around the fields and forests, foreshadows dry autumn – the web is also called "Babi Summer". It is associated with the barely noticeable gray strands in women, and the time of warm and robs – with the age of her age, which is preceded by the elderly and is characterized by relative flourishing.
In other languages, too, have idioms that characterize the period of warm autumn. Thus, in German the word has a similar meaning Altweibersommer (literally – "summer of elderly women"), the English – Indian summer ( «Indian Summer"), the French – the combination l’été de la Saint-Martin ( «Summer of St. Martin" ). True, the summer of St. Martin can be called Babii only with the stretch, since they are usually labeled at the end of November. Each of these expressions have their own etymology.