The first day of spring, or the Spring Equinox, also known as the vernal equinox, is today!
The feel-good factor about this day, however, is that the first official astrological day of spring hints that warmer temperatures are not far off. This will be good news for Virginians, who have awaited relief from the cold blasts and snow we have had this winter. Interestingly enough, this day is also International Day of Happiness. So there must be something really good about this day to merit a celebration, right?
Today is a day in which the sun’s rays directly cross over the Earth’s equator from the southern hemisphere to the northern hemisphere, slowly bringing the heat towards the north. The sun shines directly on the equator only twice a year – March 20/21 and September 22/23. These days are known as the vernal (Spring) equinox and the autumnal (fall) equinox respectively.
On the equinox, night and day are nearly exactly the same length – 12 hours – all over the world. This is the reason it’s called an “equinox”, derived from Latin, meaning “equal night”.
With all the facts out of the way, I love celebrating both the vernal and autumnal equinox, just because! I don’t know if it is the draw to howl at the moon or that there is more daylight (I suspect that is it!) but I love any reason to celebrate life!
It would appear, for now that Mother Nature is working with us and giving us a few days of not just sunshine but temperatures in the 60’s as well. She will also remind us that we have no control over the weather as we will get another
blast of arctic air and maybe some snow showers on Tuesday!
But for now, let us dance around the fire and sing songs of spring and summer! (I’m willing to admit that I am a little
Here’s to spring! Welcome, we’ve missed you!