Goodbye cold and snow!
Spring is silently entering our lives. For most people spring is the most beautiful season of the year, the season when sun light returns to awaken dormant life.
Let’s celebrate the beginning of spring with these interesting facts:
Fact 1: The first day of spring is also known as the spring equinox, or the vernal equinox. This means that on this particular day, night and day are nearly 12 hours each. If you were standing on the equator, you would see the sun pass directly over your head. This occurs only twice a year.
Fact 2: On the first day of spring, a person at the North Pole would see the sun skimming across the horizon, which signals the beginning of six months of uninterrupted daylight. On the South Pole the sun skimming the horizon signals the start of six months of darkness.
Fact 3: The rate of fireballs, or bright meteors, goes up by as much as 30% for several weeks around every March equinox, says NASA. Why does this happen? No one is completely sure.
Fact 4: A lot of religious mysticism is involved with spring equinox in both the ancient and modern world. For example, Easter always falls on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the spring equinox.
Fact 5: The entire culture of India is attuned to the shift of the equinox. From this date onwards festivals begin, particularly those concerning the feminine energy. In this culture, spring is a time to release the past and rejoice in the rebirth of nature.
Fact 6: According to Chinese tradition, at the precise time that winter ends and spring begins, you can stand an egg on its end! Don’t get too excited. Truth is that an egg can be made to stand on its end any day of the year. All it takes is calm hands and patience.
Fact 7: Persephone, the Greek goddess of spring, spends winters as Queen of the Underworld but returns to earth in spring. In honor of her arrival, her father Demeter makes sure that the fields are green and scattered with blooming flowers. But, with every autumn, when Persephone returns to the Underworld, Demeter disregards the fields and the once green and lush flora begins to perish.
Fact 8: The Bulgarians welcome spring with an ancient trading. On the 1st of March they celebrate a holiday called Baba Marta (Grandma Marta). In Bulgarian folklore Baba Marta is a grumpy old woman whose rapid mood changes reflect on the March weather. By wearing red and white colors, the Bulgarians ask Baba Marta for mercy. They hope that this gesture will make her happy and bring on spring.
Fact 9: The term „Spring fever“ is used to illustrate psychological changes that an individual can experience with the arrival of spring. One might experience a boost in energy levels, a feeling of overall well-being and a heightened need for romance. Scientists explain that spring fever is not merely a state of mind, but a physical process that occurs due to hormonal and chemical changes in our body.
Fact 10: The Great Sphinx in Egypt points to the East and is aligned with the sunrise on the spring equinox.
Fact 11: According to a Facebook study, couples are most likely to break up just before spring begins, preparing for a fresh start in time for blooming flowers. One could say that in spring time pastures look greener in all aspects of life.