Thursday, March 20, 2014

In Celebration of the Vernal Equinox

Happy Spring Everyone!!!

Finally its here Spring the vernal equinox.  I know many of you in the East and Midwest are looking out your windows at a winter scene and wondering Where?.  Nevertheless Weve hit March 20 and Spring has sprung.
In honor of this day, I am sharing some facts and myths about the vernal equinox enjoy!

This year, the vernal equinox takes place exactly at 13:57pm EDT in America. In India it will take place at 10:27pm

This day is also the UN-declared International Day of Happiness

The sun shines on the directly on the equator only twice a year March 20/21 and September 22/23.

Though day and night are nearly exactly the same length on equinoxes, it is not entirely true because equinoxes dont have exactly 12 hours of daylight.

One of the most famous ancient Spring equinox celebrations was the Mayan sacrificial ritual by the main pyramid in Chichen Itza, Mexico.

The myths that you are able to balance an egg or a broomstick on their ends on the equinoxes are just that…… myths.

And now, a favorite spring poem: 

I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud 

by William Wordsworth

I wandered lonely as a cloud

That floats on high o'er vales and hills,

When all at once I saw a crowd,

A host, of golden daffodils;

Beside the lake, beneath the trees,

Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

Continuous as the stars that shine

And twinkle on the milky way,

They stretched in never-ending line

Along the margin of a bay:

Ten thousand saw I at a glance,

Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

The waves beside them danced, but they

Out-did the sparkling leaves in glee;

A poet could not be but gay,

In such a jocund company!

I gazed-and gazed-but little thought

What wealth the show to me had brought:

For oft, when on my couch I lie

In vacant or in pensive mood,

They flash upon that inward eye

Which is the bliss of solitude;

And then my heart with pleasure fills,

And dances with the daffodils.


  1. Thanks for that breath of Spring. Loved learning a few facts...and loved rereading one of my favorite poems. Wordsworth put it perfectly. As I look out my window and see parts of the yard peeking out from the snow...the sky is blue...and I know that you are right...spring will arrive! Jackie

  2. Please spring come to my world! I am longing to see some of those daffodils. Glad the sacrifices on this day have stopped. :-)

  3. Fascinating fats. I knew about the Happiness Day. The others were new to me. As was the poem. A beautiful poem.