The world is full of amazing things and phenomenon. From the rising of the sun to the riping of the crops, from the stars to the moon and from the revolution of the earth around the sun, to the earth’s gravity. Everything adds wonder to this amazing world. One such phenomenon is the Equinox. Here we will specially talk about the Vernal Equinox.
Insight on the Phenomenon of Equinox – equal day and night
Equinox is a time when the duration of day is equal to the night. In other words we have equal day and night hours on this day. In winters the nights are longer and in summers the days are longer. But, whenever the sun is exactly above the equator, that is, the imaginary line which divides the earth into two equal halves, the phenomenon of equinox occurs. This happens only on 20-21 March and 22-23 September and these days are known equinoxes.
Vernal Equinox or Spring Equinox
The timing of the Vernal Equinox is around March 21. Generally, the March Equinox is also called as the Spring Equinox. After this day, there are longer days and shorter nights and the spring season starts. The Vernal Equinox is celebrated, mainly in the villages, because this is the time when their crop flourishes and their revenue increases. This will usually be the best time of the year for farmers.
The term ‘Vernal’ refers to fresh or new. The Vernal Equinox is welcomed warmly as it the season when food is grown and there is greenery all around. In some religions, the Vernal Equinox is considered sacred and viewed with respect. Some believe it will serve them with more wealth if the day is welcomed warmly.
Different Celebrations on Vernal Equinox
Egypt built great sphinx to symbolize the Vernal Equinox. The Christians celebrate the Easter soon after the start of the Vernal Equinox. Indians celebrate Baisakhi or Holi. There is celebration with flowers in different countries to welcome the spring. In short, the Vernal Equinox is welcomed all around the world by celebrating different festivals.
There are also some myths that are attached to the Vernal Equinox. Some people relate it to the balancing of eggs. But the truth is that the Vernal Equinox has nothing to do with egg balancing or it does not involve any other magical phenomenon. It’s just a natural process for seasonal change.