Spring Equinox

Spring Equinox

Welcome Spring!

On the 19th of March 2020, we welcome the Spring season in the Northern hemisphere. In Spring flowers start to bloom, trees begin to grow and produce. The days get longer and in a lot of areas of the world the temperature increases. This season makes room for change, a new start and new beginnings. For many of us, this means time for a big cleanse. Some change their wardrobe, clean their living space, and get rid of all unnecessary items. Others like to reset their bodies, reflect on their diet, exercise patterns and mental state.

What is the Spring Equinox?

The change from Winter into Spring we call Spring Equinox. An equinox only happens twice a year; the day we embrace Spring and 21st of October when we enter the Autumn season. On these days, the Sun is exactly in line with the equator. The word equinox is a Latin word which means “equal night”, that means the length of the day and night is nearly the same in all parts of the world.

In the Northern hemisphere, Spring lasts from the 20th of March until the 21st of June, when we go over into Summer. In the Southern hemisphere, the seasons are the other way around. Spring lasts from the 21th of September until the 22nd of December, for that reason some people believe it’s better to talk about the March equinox and the September equinox.

Often, the equinox is confused with the solstice. A solstice however, happens when we enter Winter or Summer and the Sun is at its greatest distance from the celestial equator. The word solstice comes from the Latin solstitium, which roughly translates to “frozen sun”.

This Spring’s equinox, on the 19th of March, occurs earlier than it has in more than 100 years. The last time Spring arrived that early was in 1896.

Worldwide Spring Celebrations:

1 . Songkran Water Festival – Thailand (Thai New Year)
Songkran is the start of the Thai New Year. The word Songkran derives from Sanskrit and means “astrological passage”. On this day, people go to Buddhist monasteries, they visit the elderly, and hold water fights. Songkran is celebrated with water fights arranged all over the country, especially in Chiang Mai where this festivity takes up to six days.

2 . Holi – Northern India
You might have seen or heard about it before; Holi is celebrated by Hindus across Northern India and is probably the most colourful celebration of the world. On this day, people throw coloured powder at one another. This in honour of the many hues of the Spring season, and Hindi mythology.

3. Nowruz – Middle East
Nowruz means No (new) and rouz (day). It’s celebrated on the first day of the Iranian calendar and usually matches with the spring equinox (around March 21st). This “new day” symbolizes new life, new beginnings, and the rebirth of nature.

All over Central Asia Nowruz is celebrated and often starts with people cleaning their homes where after it escalates into a multi-day festival of bonfires, costumes, and family celebrations, until the 13th day of “the New Year”.

3. Nowruz – Middle East
Nowruz means No (new) and rouz (day). It’s celebrated on the first day of the Iranian calendar and usually matches with the spring equinox (around March 21st). This “new day” symbolizes new life, new beginnings, and the rebirth of nature.

All over Central Asia Nowruz is celebrated and often starts with people cleaning their homes where after it escalates into a multi-day festival of bonfires, costumes, and family celebrations, until the 13th day of “the New Year”.

4. Spring Equinox in Teotihuacán – Mexico
Between the 20th or 22nd of March, thousands of people gather at the Teotihuacán Pyramid to celebrate the spring
equinox. Traditionally dressed in white, they start the morning climbing 360 steps to the top of the Pyramid to get closer to the gateways of energy. Once they’ve arrived they raise their arms towards the sky to “soak up” the Sun’s energy for the coming year or celebrate the Return of the Sun Serpent.

5. Dionysian Festival in Athens – Greece
In ancient Greece, Dionysian was celebrated as the god of fertility, wine, flowering plants, and rebirth — which makes him an obvious choice to be associated with Spring. The Dionysian Festival was held in Athens every March to showcase the best theatrical poets. Nowadays, people like to welcome the Spring equinox, opening new wines.

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