Spring Equinox: The Days Are Getting Longer!

Festivals + Holidays

Today is the Spring Equinox, a.k.a. the Vernal Equinox. That means the day time and night time are roughly the same length, and the days are going to continue  getting longer until we reach the Summer Solstice.

Today is the Spring Equinox in the Northern Hemisphere and the Autumn Equinox in the Southern Hemisphere. An equinox usually falls on around 20 March or 22 September.

On an equinox, the length of day time and night time is roughly – but not exactly – the same. The date of an equinox also varies a bit by location. While it falls on 20 March this year in the United States, it falls on 21 March in Japan.

The Spring Equinox is also known as the Vernal Equinox; the Autumnal Equinox, the Fall Equinox. The Spring Equinox marks the first day of spring; the Autumnal Equinox, the first day of fall.

The days get progressively longer after the Spring Equinox until the Summer Solstice, which marks the first day of summer. It is also the longest day of the year.

The days get progressively shorter after the Autumnal Equinox until the Winter Solstice, which marks the first day of winter.

A solstice usually falls on around 21 June and 22 December. It is also the shortest day of the year

Many important religious or cultural feasts, festivals, and holidays are celebrated on or near these 4 dates in various societies around the world.

 

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