FIRST DAY OF SPRING
The first day of Spring is a day we all look forward to, especially after a rough winter. Spring officially begins with the Spring Equinox, on the same day every year, March 20th. This event marks the astronomical first day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere. During the Spring Equinox, the earth’s two hemispheres are receiving the sun’s rays equally because the tilt of the earth is zero relative to the sun. This means, on this day, there are 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of night.
How is The First Day of Spring Celebrated?
- One way to celebrate spring is with music. Antonio Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons” is one of the most popular and most recognized pieces of classical music in the world.
- Try to balance an egg – according to folklore, it is believed that you can balance an egg on its end on the vernal equinox.
- Gather wildflowers if they are blooming in your area, and bring them indoors to brighten your home.
- Splash in a puddle (or watch your kids do it!)
- Make spring rolls.
First Day of Spring Trivia/Facts:
- Equinox is derived from the Latin word meaning “equal night”. · Many cultures celebrate spring festivals and holidays around the March equinox, like Easter and Passover
- There’s a lot more sunlight in spring compared to fall, but much of the sun’s energy goes toward heating the ground and large bodies of water first. That’s why spring can actually be cooler than the fall
- It is thought that the Anglo-Saxon Goddess of Spring, Eostre, had a hare as her companion, which symbolized fertility and rebirth (Easter Bunny)
- ·In earlier times, the vernal equinox was considered the beginning of the new year
Celebrities who celebrate their birthday on March 20th:
- George Godfrey – Boxer
- Hal Linden – Actor/Deceased
- Paul Junger Witt – TV Producer
- Ovid – Roman poet
- Ozzie Nelson – Actor
- Abraham Beame – NY’s 1st Jewish Mayer
- Pat Riley – NBA Coach
- Fred Rogers – Children’s TV host
- Spike Lee – Movie director
Popular Social Media Hashtags:
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Other interesting holidays celebrated in March include National Cereal Day, National Joe Day and National Potato Chip Day.