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All About The First Day Of Spring
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The first day of spring is March 20th (sometimes March 21st),
and it is also known as the vernal equinox. The vernal equinox
occurs usually around 1 AM EDT March 20th.

This means it is the exact day separating winter from spring.
Actually, to be more precise, it is the first day of spring
north of the equator - in the south it is the first day of
autumn.

Equinox is a Latin word, which means, "equal night." This is
the time of the year (and there are two days in each year)
during which the day and night are of equal length.

Spring is the time of year when winter is ending yet summer has
not yet begun. It is time to put away the winter coats and get
out the swimming trunks. Before long the flowers will bloom and
the air will buzz with insects.

Practically what spring means is that from this point until the
fall equinox your days will be longer and your nights shorter.

Traditionally, spring has been associated with the start of
life. This is the time when the earth wakes up from its sleep
(winter) and the world appears to be reborn.

This was a very important time in the past, as people stop
eating their winter stores and begin planting their crops.
In addition, the temperature was greater so people did not need
to spend much of their energies figuring out how to stay warm.

Eggs play a very important part in ancient myths regarding the
vernal equinox. Of course, birds begin to lay their eggs in
Spring, which was very significant to ancient folks.

According to folklore, this is the one time of each year when an
egg could be stood on end. If an egg can be balanced on it end
during this equinox, at exactly the say time when the day and
night are also in balance, then earth and nature are said to be
in harmony.

The Spring equinox was considered the start of the pagan new
year. This was the day of resurrection of the sun god from the
underworld of winter. He met his goddess, Eostre (which comes
down to us in the words East and Easter), who was a deity of the
dawn. She was associated with new life, and many of the
traditions of Easter (Easter eggs and rabbits  symbols of
fertility) are derived from these ancient pagan rituals and
beliefs.


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