There is cause for much celebration because today is the Vernal Equinox! It is the first day of spring.
Each year the vernal equinox happens this time of year on either March 19, 20 or 21st. The date is decided by the path of the sun. When the sun shines directly on the equator the length of day and night are almost equal all over the globe. This happens only twice a year, on the spring equinox and the autumn equinox. In the Northern Hemisphere today we celebrate spring, while in the Southern Hemisphere today they are celebrating the autumnal equinox.
It is traditionally a time of new beginnings. Ver is the Latin word for spring, so officially the day is known as the vernal equinox, but is more commonly called the spring equinox.
Although this is an unusually cold spring and there is still a lot of snow covering my garden, I will be celebrating today’s first day of spring by potting up pansies and keeping an eye on the temperature to see when I can put them outside. What are you doing to celebrate?