Spring Day is a holiday marking the coming of the Spring Season, which takes place in different countries, on varying dates. We've all heard the term 'vernal equinox'. Vernal means 'spring' and equinox means 'equal night'. Both words are from Latin. Despite the term, the day when there are 12 equal hours of daylight and darkness usually happens before the first day of spring. The astronomical Spring began Wednesday, 20 March 2013, and ends Thursday, 20 June 2013.
The first day of spring, also known as the vernal equinox, marks the first of two days during the calendar year when the sun shines equally on both the northern and southern hemispheres. Occurring March 20-21, the vernal equinox has symbolized the renewing of the earth and inspired traditional celebrations since the birth of human civilization.
Historians credit Greek astronomer Hipparchus, in 120 B.C., with observing the two times when the sun shines directly on the equator. However, solar and lunar cults that predate pagan religions are thought to have celebrated the end of winter as long as 8,000 years ago.
The first day of spring has become the highly anticipated date of such varied celebrations as gardening fairs, arts festivals and kite-flying contests.
Some fun and interesting facts about the season.
• In spring, the Earth