Back in February, we all got some bad news when the beloved groundhog Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow, predicting that we’d have to wait a bit longer for the nicer weather and that winter would be sticking around for another six weeks. Despite Phil’s bad news of winter weather sticking around for a bit longer than wanted, the Spring Equinox has officially kicked off on Tuesday, March 20th.
So what exactly does the spring season have in store for us? And how long will it be sticking around?
Well for one, while those of us in the northern hemisphere will get to embrace the warmer weather, April showers and May flowers on their way. Folks down in the southern hemisphere will be experiencing cooler temps with it being autumn down south. For us, the spring equinox lasts approximately three months, beginning on the 2oth of March this year and ending just in time for the Summer Solstice which is usually around June 21st.
The first day of spring is also known as the vernal equinox. The term vernal is Latin for “spring” while equinox in Latin means “equal night.” For the first day of spring, we get approximately 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of darkness.
Before Spring was called Spring, it was originally called Lent. Beginning in the 14th century, that time of the year was called “springing time” in reference to the plants beginning to spring from the ground. In the 15th century, springing time was then shortened to “spring-time” before being shortened to just spring by the 16th century.
As for the environmental changes that occur, seasonal flowers like dandelions, daffodils, lilacs, lilies and tulips begin to take bloom. Because it stays light for longer in the spring, many birds begin to find mates by singing to each other. Wild herbivores or plant eaters also tend to have babies in the early spring, giving the babies the best chance of growing large and strong in time for winter.
As for popular holidays that happen during the spring months include Easter, Passover, April Fools Day, Earth Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and Cinco De Mayo.
While you get prepared for the warmer weather and flowers to bloom, take a look at these memes and quotes.