What is the Spring equinox?
The Spring Equinox is a celebration that marks the beginning of spring and the end of winter. It occurs when the sun passes through the equator, resulting in equal amounts of night and day. This usually takes place around March 20-21 in the northern hemisphere and September 22-23 in the southern hemisphere. The science behind the spring equinox is that it marks when the Earth's axis tilts neither toward nor away from the sun. This makes it one of two moments in the year where day and night are nearly equal lengths all over the world. These two points in time, collectively called the vernal equinox, have long been seen as a cause for celebration and reflection, with countless cultures throughout history creating rituals to honor this special moment. March equinox focuses on the return of the sun, and its associated energy of growth and renewal.
These can include planting seeds, decorating doorways with flowers, celebrating and honoring ancestors, or creating art. The Spring Equinox is often seen as a time to let go of old patterns, habits, or struggles and make space for growth and new opportunities. It's also a time to appreciate the beauty of nature and recognize our connection with it. People around the world are renewing their commitment to healing themselves and their environment by taking part in meaningful spiritual practices that draw on ancient traditions.a