20 March 2006

Spring is Sprung!

Although you'd never know by the temperature outside, today is the first day of the astronomical start of Spring.

Pagan festivals and mythologies from all over the world celebrated rites on this day symbolizing new life.

Far from being an arbitrary indicator of the changing seasons, March 20 (March 21 in some years) is significant for astronomical reasons. On March 20, 2006, at precisely 1:26 P.M. EST (18:26 Universal Time), the Sun will cross directly over the Earth's equator. This moment is known as the vernal equinox in the Northern Hemisphere. For the Southern Hemisphere, this is the moment of the autumnal equinox.
~ www.infoplease.com


Today's date is significant in Christianity because Easter always falls on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the vernal equinox. It is no coincidence that early Egyptians built the Great Sphinx so that it points directly toward the rising Sun on the day of the vernal equinox.

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