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Dog Days of Summer
The Dog Days of Summer
What are the “Dog Days of Summer”—and when are they? The answer might surprise you. Enjoy this page about the meaning and origins of the “Dog Days of Summer.”
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Gardening by the Moon's Sign Dates May 2016
Use the May 2016 dates shown in the Moon’s Astrological Place list below to find the best days for...
Best Days for the Month of May 2016
Here is a snapshot of the Best Days for the month of May 2016—from Best Days to quit smoking to...
Best Days for the Month of April 2016
Here is a snapshot of the Best Days for the Month of April 2016—from best days to quit smoking to...
July Birth Flowers
July’s birth flowers are dramatic head-turners, one being the star of water features and the other...
May Birth Flowers
The sweet flowers of May embody the hopes and dreams of those who give them. What is the Flower...
September Birthstone: Color and Meaning
The September birthstone, the sapphire, was once thought to guard against evil and poisoning. It...
Best Days for the Month of March
Here is a snapshot of the Best Days for the month of March 2016—from Best Days to quit smoking to...
Gardening by the Moon's Sign Dates
Use the March 2016 dates shown in the Moon’s Astrological Place list below to find the best days...
Calendars and How We Count the Years
Why do we start the calendar year in January? How do we determine when a calendar year begins? Eras...
Unique, American-crafted, and trusted by the editors of The Old Farmer’s Almanac! All of the below...
How to Preserve Herbs, Vegetables and Fruit in Vinegars
Preserving crops in vinegars is a great way to capture the aromas of herbs and other home-grown...
Thanksgiving: Slow Food, Slow Down
Everyone has heard of fast food but Thanksgiving is a time to think about slow food. No, I don’t...
Wedding Photos and Images
Enjoy these winning wedding photos—and we thank our readers for sharing their pictures with the...
Halloween is Pumpkin Weather for Zoos!
It’s getting close to Halloween. Time to give a pumpkin to—to a polar bear. Isn’t it obvious? Even...
Best Days Timetable
With the Almanac’s Best Days timetable, find out when to plant vegetables, start a diet to lose...
Enter your birthday to find your Zodiac sign! Discover your personality characteristics.
Our daily calendar showing significant events (births, deaths, holidays).
Complete Moon phase calendar, showing Moon’s age, percentage illumination, and major Moon phases...
Perk up salads, marinades, sauces, and other dishes. Flavored vinegars are easy to make and can be...
Spring has arrived—late! Here it is May and we have already had a snowstorm that dumped 5 inches as...
Chow Time: Autumn and the Munchies
Days are getting shorter. Temperatures are getting cooler. Leaves are falling. And appetites are ...
An Almanac Minute: Valentine's Day
Got a minute? What’s the story behind Valentine’s Day—and how it came to stand for love? Watch this...
An Almanac Minute: The Winter Solstice
Got a Minute? Learn about the Winter Solstice–facts, folklore, and more! NOTE: In the year 2013,...
Full Corn Moon: September
Each month, we will explain the traditional full Moon names along with some fascinating Moon...
When you think of June, you think of summer weather and weddings. The two are definitely related....
Wanna Fool Around With the Calendar--Again?
If you are one of the many people who have trouble remembering what comes after “Thirty days hath...
Garlic's History of Healing
You might know garlic simply as your favorite fall crop, but it also has a long history of healing...
How To Have A Baby
(Here's an article from the Almanac archives with some tongue-in-cheek advice about having a baby...
Weird, Wacky, and Wicked Fun Contests
We searched for some of the most obscure contests held throughout North America. Bored at a family...
Best Days: When's The Best Time to Castrate Your Bull and More
From the beginning, The Old Farmer's Almanac has been calculated on astronomy, not astrology. But...
In Appreciation: Andrew Rothovius
As mentioned in The 2011 Old Farmer’s Almanac, long-time contributor Andrew E. Rothovius died on...
Seasonal Crafts: Apple Heads
The Native American art of making apple heads is both easy and fun. Follow these instructions for a...
How to Make a Bird Seed Wreath
Learn how to make a bird seed wreath with these simple instructions, and create something very...
Cycles: Nature's Time Clocks
Our lives are ruled by cycles—night and day, the seasons, a biological rhythm within our own bodies...
Why the Week Has Seven Days
No more logic supports seven days than, say eight or five, yet the seven-day week has resisted any...
Change of Season Celebrations
For centuries, people have watched the sky for the changes of season and then celebrated with...
Holiday Folklore and Facts
You may know about the major holidays but here are some facts, folklore, and traditions to...
Some Famous Weddings
The following are some historically notable wedding events, listed by month. January January 14,...
The wedding tradition is an old one, so there is much lore and age-old wisdom surrounding it. Read ...
Best Bet Wedding Gifts
Picking the perfect wedding gift that is both useful and pleasing to the couple can be a difficult...
How to Find the Day of the Week
It’s easy to find out the day of the week for births, weddings, and other historical events. Follow...
Wedding Cakes and Recipes
The wedding cake has a long history and is still a very popular custom. Read on to learn more about...