Warmer weather and longer days are here! March 20 officially marks the first day of spring in 2017 — here’s everything you need to know about the Vernal Equinox!
It’s been months of cold weather and snow, but the end is in sight now that the first day of spring has arrived. Sure, we’ll still have chilly weather in the coming weeks, but summer is officially in reach as of 6:29 a.m. ET on March 20, the official start of spring.
Spring begins on March 19 or 20 in the Northern Hemisphere. This date marks the Vernal Equinox, which is when the sun crosses the celestial equator, tilting the Northern half of the planet toward the sun, and the southern half away from the sun. On this day, day and night is approximately the same length of time all over the world (the same goes for the Autumnal Equinox in September, which marks the start of fall). In the coming months, the Northern Hemisphere will experience longer days, as the sun rises earlier and sets later, while the Southern Hemisphere’s days will get shorter.
There is a longtime legend that says that on the vernal equinox, you can balance raw eggs on their ends, although it’s been proven that, with focus, determination and patience, this can actually be done at any time — there’s nothing special about the spring equinox in that sense!
Of course, there’s a lot more you can look forward to with spring here, though! Aside from the nice weather, flowers and trees will start blossoming, and the birds will be coming out. Unfortunately, we’ll also have to suffer through the whole ‘April Showers’ thing, but May Flowers aren’t that far away, you guys!
HollywoodLifers, are you excited that spring is finally here!? What will you be doing in the warmer weather coming up?