This year, Saturday, March 20 marks the first day of spring, or spring equinox. This day denotes the astronomical event of the Sun resting directly above the equator, causing the hours of daylight to roughly equal the hours of darkness. Read complete article
It is one of two days of the year that the Sun spends a roughly equal amount of time above and below the horizon at every location on Earth, hence the use of the term “equinox,” derived from the Latin words “aequus” (equal) and “nox” (night).
The spring equinox is a day that symbolizes dawn, youth, birth, and rejuvenation. Accordingly many ancient and modern spring celebrations involve an egg as a symbolic representation of the day. Seeds are also sometimes used as a symbol of the day.
People have been marking the significance of the spring equinox for thousands of years. Egypt’s Great Sphinx, which was constructed over 4,500 years ago, faces due east on the spring equinox, and the monoliths located at Stonehenge, which are estimated to be over 3,000 years old, mark the position of the rising sun on the spring equinox.