Vernal Equinox

Potted Pansies
Potted Pansies

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?

7 thoughts on “Vernal Equinox

  1. It’s been an unusally warm winter where I am. I’m going to take my dog for a walk and enjoy the beautiful flowers and trees that have been blooming for weeks now.


  2. Happy Vernal Equinox!

    “Through the weeks of deep snow
    we walked above the ground
    on fallen sky, as though we did
    not come of root and leaf, as though
    we had only air and weather
    for our difficult home.
    But now
    as March warms, and the rivulets
    run like birdsong on the slopes
    and the branches of light sing in the hills,
    slowly we return to earth.”
    ~Wendell Berry

    Today I am going surfing to enjoy one of my last days of freedom before I start up work again on Monday. Then I plan on going to Ocean State Job Lot to try to find inexpensive gardening tools.


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