Today is the first day of Spring!
The vernal equinox happens every March 20 or 21.
- The vernal equinox is the first day of the year when we have 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of night.
- “Vernal” is Latin for “spring” and “equinox” is Latin for “equal night.”
- There are two equinoxes every year – vernal and autumnal. Those two days are the only times during the when when the sunrise is due east and the sunset is due west.
- According to superstition, today is the only day you can stand a raw egg on its end.
- Ancient Egyptians built the Great Sphinx to point directly East toward the sunrise on the vernal equinox.
- Stonehenge in England also marks the position of the rising sun on the vernal equinox.
- In Central America, the ancient Mayans built Chichén Itza to align with the sun’s movement on the equinox. While the sum moves across the sky, the pyramid’s shadows look like giant serpant slowly moving down the stairway.
- To many cultures around the world, the vernal equinox signals the time to start planting crops.
- According to studies by the US Department of Transportation, Daylight Savings Time saves about 1% of electricity a day. It doesn’t sound like much, but when you consider it covers most of the nation (except Arizona and Hawaii) that adds up to a significant amount!
Music to Listen to Today:
“Suddenly It’s Spring” by Frank Sinatra
“It Might as Well Be Spring” by Nina Simone
“Some Other Spring” by Billie Holiday
“Celtic Spring” by Van Morrison
“You Can Never Hold Back Spring” by Tom Waits
Quote of the Day:
“Spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s party!'” ~ Robin Williams