Bizarre push to change Australian SEASONS because they are a relic of British colonialism and we should all be using SIX Aboriginal ones instead
- Indigenous weather calendar’s range between two to six different seasons
- Australia and New Zealand rely on the meteorological system to define seasons
- The meteorological system was criticised as being ‘arbitrary for convenience’
- The system orders each season starting on the first day of the calendar month
Australia’s seasons are inaccurate relics of colonialism and should be replaced with Aboriginal ones, politically correct rabble rousers claim.
Melburnians complained online they were still shivering through near-freezing weather despite it being days into spring, with 2.4C recorded.
Some Australians pointed out that the country is one of the few countries in the world that changes seasons on the same date every year.
Other countries use solstice dates that shift slightly every year and actually correspond with the timing of the seasons.
Melbourne resident shared his frustrations on Reddit (pictured) over near freezing temperatures during Spring. Users argued Indigenous weather calendars, which range from two to six seasons depending on the area, should be used across the country
Reddit users said the meteorological system was ‘arbitrary for convenience’ while astronomical timing – which determines the beginning of a new season based on solstices and equinoxes – worked for Europe and the United States.
‘A lot of countries don’t divide seasons by calendar months like we do, they divide them by the equinoxes and solstices. Which makes a lot of sense,’ one user wrote.
‘The reason people always complain about the weather in Melbourne is because they’re measuring it against the norms of traditional European seasons from the other side of the globe,’ another user wrote.
Others argued Australia should adopt an indigenous weather calendar, which is guided by the environment in a specific area of the country.
‘The Wurundjeri people followed seasons based on actual observation of conditions, rather than trying to shoehorn the weather into categories that apply to Western Europe,’ one wrote.
‘Many indigenous groups had six seasons – seems like they make a lot more sense for our climate and I wish we’d use them instead,’ another added.
The Bureau of Meteorology lists 17 seasonal weather calendars across the country (pictured) based on traditional First Nations weather knowledge for the region. The systems, developed over thousands of years, are based are land and ecological factors
There are six distinct weather periods recognised in the Gariwerd seasonal cycle. These are genuine seasons which relate to climatic features as well as referencing environmental events such as plant flowering, fruiting and animal behaviour patterns (pictured)
‘I grew up in the bush and the Indigenous people lived by and knew the local seasons,’ a third wrote.
This debate has bubbled away for some time. Two years ago left-wing academic Hayden Moon claimed the seasons were nothing more than ‘colonial labels’.
‘On the first day of “spring”… allow me to remind you that the four seasons are colonial labels that don’t actually correlate with the weather in so-called “Australia”,’ he wrote.
Seán Holyoake, a social worker in Western Australia, demanded Perth residents stop saying it was spring.
‘You are halfway through Djilba season. Noongar Country has six seasons. You’re not in Europe, you’re on Aboriginal land, therefore, Aboriginal seasons apply,’ he wrote.
The Bureau of Meteorology lists 17 seasonal calendars across the country based on traditional First Nations weather knowledge for the region.
Melbourne is in Petyan – wildflower season – which begins towards the end of September to November and is marked by tempestuous weather, warmer days and the bush bursting into life (pictured, Melbourne residents enjoying a picnic)
Over thousands of years, Aboriginal peoples measured the seasons guided by the land and ecological factors, with the number of seasons ranging from two to six.
The Gariwerd calendar, which covers the Grampians and Gariwerd region in Victoria. lists six seasons with Petyan – wildflower season – beginning towards the end of September.
Petyan is marked by tempestuous weather, warmer days and the bush bursting into life.
The D’harawal calendar, which extends from the southern shores of Sydney Harbour to the the Shoalhaven River in NSW, also observes six different seasons.
According to the calendar, the region is in the time of Ngoonungi. A period from September to October characterised as cool but getting warmer.
Whereas the months of November and December are warm and wet under the Parra’dowee season.
The difference between season calendars
Australia and New Zealand follow the meteorological system.
In this system, each season rolls over on the same date every year at the beginning of the calendar month.
Summer: December 1
Autumn: March 1
Winter: June 1
Spring: September 1
The United States and many countries in Europe follow the astronomical timing for seasons.
The beginning of a new season is based on solstices and equinoxes.
Spring: begins on the Spring equinox when days become longer than nights.
Summer: begins on the Summer solstice when days begin to get shorter.
Autumn: begins on the Autumn equinox when days become shorter than nights.
Winter: begins on the Winter solstice when days begin to get longer.
Indigenous weather knowledge
Over thousands of years, Australia’s First Nations peoples measured the seasons guided by the land and ecological factors, with the number of seasons ranging from two to six depending on the region.
The Bureau of Meteorology lists 17 seasonal calendars across the country
Two season calendar: Walabunnba
Three season calendar: Tiwi, Maung and Miriwoong
Four season calendar: Kaurna, Masig, Wardaman and Wunambal Gaambera
Five season calendar: Ngoorabul, Yirrganydji, Yanyuwa and Jawoyn
Six season calendar: Nyoongar, Gariwerd, D’harawal, Banbai and Yawuru