For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, today is a special day. There will be supposedly almost 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of night. Why? Because Spring is here!
Spring is the season of renewal, regrowth, rebirth. I don’t know about you, but at least for me, when I think about spring, I think of happy things, cheerful colors, pleasant thoughts, peaceful lively days.
With these posts, I will weekly share with you things I think will get you in the Spring-ish mood.
Feed your brain:
- The word equinox is derived from the Latin words meaning “equal night.” All over the world, days and nights are approximately equal.
- On the equinoxes, the Sun rises exactly in the east and sets exactly in the west in the northern hemisphere.
- In the Northern Hemisphere, the March equinox is known as the vernal, or spring, equinox and marks the start of the spring season. In the Southern Hemisphere, the March equinox is known as the autumnal, or fall, equinox and marks the start of the fall season.
- Astronomically speaking, the March equinox occurs when the Sun crosses the celestial equator on its way north along the ecliptic.
- If you stand on the equator today, you would see the sun pass directly overhead. It only happens twice a year in spring time and autumn.
- Metereologically speaking, in the Northern Hemisphere the official spring season always begins on March 1 and continues through May 31.
- Severe weather most often occurs during the spring, when warm air begins to move up from the lower latitudes and cold air pushes down from the polar regions.
- Hurricane season begins in late Spring.
- Spring equinox is the ideal moment to recharge and start with the right foot and a lot of energy, that is why some people like to wear white on the first day of spring. White is a color of purity, peace and comfort, it alleviates emotional shock and distressing emotions. It’s the ideal color to forget everything and start again.
- In Mexico, the first day of spring is ideal to go and get yourself cleansed in pre-Hispanic rituals. People also visit high places, such as the Aztec or Mayan pyramids, in order to be closer to the sky and absorb all the energy from it.
- Persephone was the Greek goddess of spring. She spent winters as Queen of the Underworld but returned in spring to preside over rebirth.
- The early Egyptians built the Great Sphinx so that it points directly toward the rising sun on the spring equinox.
- Easter always falls on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the spring equinox.
- The first day of spring marks the beginning of Nowruz (“The New Day”), which is the Persian New Year.
- Birds sing more during spring because they sing to attract mates and warn away rivals.
- Studies show that there is regular seasonal variation in sperm quality. Specifically, sperm concentration was highest in the spring and lowest in the autumn.
- Children actually grow faster in the spring than during other times of the year.
- Every year on the first day of spring, people in Poland gather to burn an effigy and throw it in the river to bid winter farewell.
the series spring-ish was first published on bloggeretterized
Fact sources: almanac.com, kidskonnect.com, wdtn.com, facts.randomhistory.com, 22facts.com, express.co.uk