Spring Equinox Meaning
What is Spring Equinox:
The spring equinox is the time of the year when the length of day and night are equal as a consequence of the position of the Earth's axis with respect to the Sun, which allows the sun's rays to strike both hemispheres in the same way. As such, it is an astronomical event that marks the entrance of spring.
During the spring equinox, the Sun, in its journey through the sky, crosses the celestial Equator. Also, during this event, we can see the Sun perpendicular to us.
The spring equinox takes place between March 20 and 21 in the northern hemisphere, and September 22 and 23 in the southern hemisphere. As such, the vernal equinox only occurs once a year in each hemisphere. Parallel to it, in the opposite hemisphere the autumnal equinox occurs.
See also Autumn Equinox.
The spring equinox also has other consequences for life on Earth. The days, for example, begin to have more and more minutes of sunlight; the sun rises earlier in the morning and sets later every day.This results in the need to alter the time at the end of March to enjoy the sunlight for a longer time. This trend continues until the summer solstice, when we experience the longest day of the year.
See also Summer Solstice.
On the other hand, the spring equinox says goodbye to winter, which means that from then on the days will gradually become warmer. During this season, nature begins to green and reaches its fullness. Hence, spring has been associated with rebirth since ancient times. It is at this time that Easter is celebrated, a holiday whose elements, eggs and rabbits, symbolize fertility.