Citing from here

There is a famous Mishnah that is cited towards the end of Masechet Ta’anit (4:6) that states:

“Mishenichnas Av, Mema’atin Besimcha”

“When the month of Av arrives, we decrease our happiness”.

It seems that once Tish'a B'Av is over (well, in a sense, the afternoon of the 10th) joy increases significantly. People resume eating meat and drinking wine; people bathe / swim; people listen to music. Essentially, it seems that people resume all activities that they did prior to the start of the Three weeks.

Is there anything that says or implies that the statement from the Mishnah doesn't apply to the entire month? It does explicitly state when to start, namely the beginning of Av. But, there is nothing that states when the lessening of joy should end.

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    It would be hard to have Tu B'Av if we continued to be sad.
    – rosends
    Commented Jul 31, 2018 at 14:18
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    possible answer here judaism.stackexchange.com/a/93351/1362
    – rosends
    Commented Jul 31, 2018 at 14:23
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    @rosends Good hint, thanks. Actually, the discussion seems to be toward the bottom of Taa'nit 29b. I don't have the time, currently, to compose my own answer. Maybe, later.
    – DanF
    Commented Jul 31, 2018 at 14:41


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