July 2017

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July is the seventh month of the year (between June and August) in the Julian and Gregorian Calendars and the fourth month to have the length of 31 days. It was named by the Roman Senate in honor of the Roman general, Julius C├Žsar, it being the month of his birth. Prior to that, it was called Quintilis.

It is on average the warmest month in most of the Northern hemisphere (where it is the second month of summer) and the coldest month in much of the Southern hemisphere (where it is the second month of winter). The second half of the year commences in July. In the Southern hemisphere, July is the seasonal equivalent of January in the Northern hemisphere.

In the Northern Hemisphere, "Dog days" are considered to begin in early July, when the hot sultry weather of summer usually starts. Spring lambs, born in late winter or early spring, are usually sold before July 1.

July is the traditional period known as "fence month" (the closed season for deer in England), the end Trinity Term (sitting of the High Court of Justice of England), taking place on July 31, and also the time in which the elections of Japanese House of Councillors, replacing half of its seats, held every three years (the latest one in 2016).

In Ancient Rome the festival of Poplifugia was celebrated on July 5, Ludi Apollinares on July 13 and for several days afterwards, but these dates does not correspond to the modern Gregorian one.
Flower of the Month
Larkspur or Water Lily


Birthstone of the Month
Ruby