The first day of Spring 2016 knocks the door and people are enjoying this beginning. It’s also known as Vernal Equinox. Actually Vernal and Equinox are two Latin Words which stand for “Spring and Equal night” respectively. Equinox itself a combination of two words, Equi + Nox which indicates the equality of day and night timings, exact 12 hours and as we know it comes twice an year, in March and September. The Vernal Equinox usually comes every 20th March (rarely 19th or 21st). Let’s talk about this that why and how it happens, the distinct ways of celebrations and how people welcome the spring.
A beautiful and joyful morning followed by placate noon, a peaceful evening and relaxed night. Trees get refreshment as new leaves come out and flowers also bloom to please the surroundings. Clean sky with some singing birds, fresh wind blows around. Earth looks green. Every single natural thing reacts and feels special. Yeah! 🙂
That’s what a spring season is. This season is considered to come in March but also depends upon country to country.
Vernal Equinox Scientifically
Season cycle relays on earth’s tilt to sun, as our planet moves around the sun by following an invisible axis. Earth tilts at an angle of 23.5 degree to its orbit plane. While moving around, two times a year, a particular moment comes when the axis of earth exactly points parallel to the sun.
This moment is known as Equinox. By relating it to seasons, Vernal and Autumnal are these 2 times. For the Northern hemisphere Vernal Equinox happens on March 20 and for the southern hemisphere, the same takes place on 20 September. At the exact opposite times, 20 September at Northern hemisphere and 20 March at Southern hemisphere are celebrated as the Autumnal Equinox.
Celebrations around the world
People enjoy this season change, the balanced duration of day and night. People see March month as rebirth or renewal of northern hemisphere and it gets celebrated around the world in many different ways. There are many traditions connected to this. Some People from different countries and places have religious believes also. Eventually, they worship their god and organize the religious festivals as well. Some simply gain the love spread by nature and enjoy the moment in their own style. Let’s discuss about this differences among people all around the world with respect to Vernal Equinox.
As the people see Vernal Equinox as a rebirth of Northern hemisphere and celebrate it with a scientific reason as we discussed earlier, some heathen Christians relate this with their religious believe. They say on this day, Jesus had died and reborn. Aside, Easters enjoy Vernal Equinox as a break from colleges and plan the parties as well.
There’s one Hollywood movie released in 2012, “Spring Breakers” starred by Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens and James Franco, which is all about the joy of spring.
The ancient belief of the people from china is that on the very first day of spring we can stand the eggs on their ends.
But the theory is that some special gravitational forces act here because of the sun’s position (between the poles) at the time of Vernal Equinox. This belief doesn’t make any sense but at least they have something to enjoy. Let them do. 😀
Holi is the festival of colors. It’s a traditional Hindu Festival. It’s very much popular in India and gets celebrated with enough excitement. To spread the happiness of the beginning of spring, people throw colored powder on each other.
This festival has the significance for Hinduism as they celebrate this by considering the victory of Virtuous over the evil. It doesn’t get celebrated on the same day of Vernal Equinox but always comes near to March 20 and ultimately as a welcome gift to the spring season. This year Holi is going to take place on March 23.
Wearing Shamrock & Planting Seeds
People consider shamrock or trefoil as a symbolic plant to the equinox. People wear this plant on St. Patrick’s Day. The three leaves of this plant are examined as “Three Morgans” and these heart shaped leaves are the sign of regenerative nature power and were associated with Celtic mythology’s triple goddess.
Traditionally in Italy, women used to plant seeds on this day. Women plant the seeds of the grains, fennel, lettuce or other flowers in the garden of Adonis. On Good Friday the flowers are placed on the tombs. It’s their way to salute them and to remember the victory of life over death.
Visit to a memorial
People visit the astronomical memorials at the time of Equinox. As there were many monuments built to know more about universe, especially sun.
For example, Stonehenge in Wiltshire where we can see pleasant morning as the sun rises between two stones.
The day Lord created hope was probably the same day he created spring. Yeah! Isn’t it? The thing pleases us is, it gets celebrated all around the world but in different-different ways. Well! Let’s enjoy the equality and biodiversity together. 😀
In the end, we wish you a very happy spring ahead and want you to spread the happiness too. As they say, “Plant a seed of smile, big joy will bloom”. 🙂