Spring is Here! 2008
Dirt Doctor Weekly Newsletter - Spring is Here!
An equinox in astronomy is that moment in time (not a whole day) when the center of the Sun can be observed to be directly above the Earth's equator, occurring around March 20 and September 23 each year.
Translated literally, equinox means "equal night." Because the sun is positioned above the equator, day and night are about equal in length all over the world during the equinoxes. A second equinox occurs each year. This year it will be on September 22.
Our vernal equinox is the official first day of spring also marks the beginning of Nowruz; the Persian New Year a celebration lasts 13 days and is rooted in the 3,000-year-old tradition of Zorastrianism.
Modern astronomy aside, people have recognized the vernal equinox for thousands of years. There is no shortage of rituals and traditions surrounding the coming of spring. Many early peoples celebrated for the basic reason that their food supplies would soon be restored. The date is significant in Christianity because Easter always falls on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the vernal equinox. It is also probably no coincidence that early Egyptians built the Great Sphinx so that it points directly toward the rising Sun on the day of the vernal equinox.
Does it mean that it is time to plant the summer crops? Maybe. We in the South are very close but history does show that freezes after this date are certainly possible. Those of you in the North, don’t even think about it yet unless in greenhouses or cold frames.
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