Why is March 20th is Called ‘The First Day of Spring..Fun Facts?

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 Do You Know Why March 20th is Called ‘The First Day of Spring…Fun Facts?

 

The first day of spring is also called the vernal equinox. “Vernal” and “equinox” are Latin terms meaning “spring” and “equal night”

 

Why is March 20th is Called ‘The First Day of Spring..Fun Facts?

 

Do You Know Why March 20th is Called ‘The First Day of Spring…Fun Facts?

First Day of Spring--Above and Below the Equator
The vernal equinox, which occurs on March 20 or 21 each year and signals the start of spring in the Northern Hemisphere, is also the autumnal equinox—the first day of autumn—in the Southern Hemisphere. Conversely, the autumnal equinox in the north, which occurs in late September, is the first day of spring south of the equator.

·        If you were standing on the equator during either the vernal or autumnal equinox, you would see the sun pass directly overhead, the only two times in the year when that is true.

·        The two equinoxes are also the only times during the year when the sun rises due east and sets due west.

·        In spring, the Earth’s axis is tilted toward the sun, increasing the number of daylight hours and bringing warmer weather that causes plants to bring forth new growth.

·        When I was younger, I believed that you could stand an egg on its end and it would stay. I am sure we used to try this at school. I wonder now if this is a myth. Has anyone tried this?

·        My mom used to tell me this was the day that the Easter Bunny starting getting ready to deliver his baskets? Interesting urban legend?

·        This day is also considered the dying off of winter and the rebirth of the spirit of spring. I like this legend and it is a positive belief.

 

I love spring as the birds come home and all the trees and flowers bloom and make me happy. Do you like to see Spring come?

 

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We were just discussing this at Toastmasters and no one knew, Now I know Thanks

March 20, 2013 09:03 AM #25
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Kristin Hamilton
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Hi Charles,

I am glad I gave you the answer you needed. I have become very inquisitive and so I am always looking up why we do this and why we celebrate that and where did that name come from. I have found some interesting answers and like to post them for all of us to read. Happy Spring.

March 20, 2013 09:17 AM #26
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I love Spring too, Kristin. I love to watch the birds building their nests in my bushes and trees.

March 20, 2013 11:12 AM #27
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Great collection of fun facts about the spring equinox here on this post, Krstin.

March 20, 2013 02:24 PM #28
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Endre Barath, Jr.
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Kristin loved your explanation and the fun facts I love your Mom's explanation best:) When the Easter Bunny starts delivering.....

March 20, 2013 05:31 PM #29
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Hi Toni,

It is so exciting to see the first signs of spring with buds and little flowers and birds flying around making nests. I have noticed more couples in my area and saw a pair of red tailed hawks yesterday. That was so exciting but alas I only had my iPhone so no way to get up that high in a 200+ year old tree. Another day.

March 20, 2013 09:34 PM #30
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Hi Michelle,

Glad you enjoyed my post and I had forgotten the facts about the earth on its axles twice a year. It was interesting to read it and glad to share it. We take so much for granted. Little kids ask why but we do not so I have started looking facts up to find out why.

March 20, 2013 09:37 PM #31
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Hi Endre,

I was a child who even believed in the stork. Yes all the typical ones and that the Easter Bunny has to get his baskets ready just like Santa does. Happy Spring.

March 20, 2013 09:39 PM #32
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Hey, Kristin! I included this post in Last Week’s Favorites.  Please drop by and check it out, and enjoy the rest of your weekend.

March 24, 2013 11:16 AM #33
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Hi Patricia,

Thanks so much for the honor of being included in your group. I will check it out right now. Happy Spring and Happy Sunday too.

March 24, 2013 11:22 AM #34
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Kristin - This is really interesting trivia.  Now, I'm just hoping that the warm weather comes.  (The weather report is predicting snow today).

March 25, 2013 03:16 AM #35
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Hi Debbie,

I am glad you liked my post on why we call March 20 or 21st, the first day of spring. Did you hear they an Ohio Prosecutor is indicting Punxsutawney Phil for fraudulantly predicting the weather wrong. Of course it is just a joke but has been all over the news as this has been such a harsh winter. Hope you warm up soon Debbie.

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They oughta lock up that groundhog. Wait, he probably already lives in a cage!

Can't wait to wear one of my hats for Easter!  Hope it's not the wool one!

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Hi Kristin~I just discovered your post thanks to Patricia Kennedy's "Last Weeks Favorites" (which I also just discovered...LOL).  Anyway, I thought you might enjoy this poem:

May you be like the soil.
Become ready for turning,
And welcome new life.

May you be like the bud.
Recognize your potential,
And expand into color.

May you be like the river.
Receive the new waters,
And move forward with power.

May you be like the sun.
Go forth into spring
And bring light to the world.

 

          -Teo Bishop

 

Happy spring! 

Joy

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Hi Carolyn,

Yes, I wouldn't put the cold weather clothes away just yet and the wool hat is definitely a maybe? But I am certainly going to have a positive attitude that your Easter will be warmer than it is today. Happy Spring.

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Hi Joy,

I really do like this poem and I am so glad you stopped by. I will check out your blog shortly. Happy Spring.

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Lovely photos Kristin, thank you for sharing.  I love everything about Spring, it is a time of renewal, rebirth and regrowth; however, today in South Central PA, we saw a few inches of snow, and school cancellations!  I agree with the Ohio Prosecutor who is indicting Punxsutawney Phil!

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Hi Bette,

I love spring and nature; the birds, bees, flowers, shrubs, trees, animals, critters and landscaping. Phil was definitely off base this year and the joke about the indictment is funny.

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Nicely done, Kristin. Interestingly, in some countries spring does not start at vernal equinox .

In Russia Spring started March 1, Summer - June 1, Autumn - September 1, and Winter - December one. We learned about equinox but  the seasons were going by the calendar, and they still do. Actually, it was a surprise for us when we immigrated to US that it was different here

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Hi Jon,

Your comments are very interesting as I just assumed we were all on the same schedule. Thanks for sharing and have a great week.

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