March Equinox

By: Andrea Smith ’15

This past Friday marks the beginning of Spring, which is also the March Equinox. There are two equinoxes a year; one in September and one in March. The word equinox comes from Latin meaning “equal night”. An equinox is when the days are exactly equal. It marks the moment when the sun crosses the celestial equator; the imaginary line in the sky above the Earth’s equator. The length of day and night are exactly equal. In the Northern Hemisphere of the earth it is celebrated as the time of rebirth. Many societies used the equinox and the solstices to determine their calendar. There are many holidays that revolve around the Spring Equinox such as, Christian Easter and Jewish Passover. Iranian New Year is also celebrated for the March equinox. It is celebrated for twelve days and preparations start well in advance to get ready such as cleaning and buying new clothes. The Roman and Persian New Year also takes place on the March Equinox. Higan is a Buddhist holiday that is celebrated in Japan. Higan means “other shore” and celebrates spiritual move to one world to the other. Along with all of these holidays there is Earth day. People all over the world celebrate our Earth in many ways. People promote not polluting the Earth or protecting it. This one day has many holidays all over the world; who knew?

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