Spring Equinox / Start of Spring

Quick Facts

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2019 Date:March 20, 2019
2020 Date:March 20, 2020
Spring Begins (Northern Hemisphere)

Spring Begins History

Spring traditionally marks the end of winter and the beginning of a season that signifies longer days and warmer temperatures.  The first day of Spring is also known as the Vernal Equinox.  This marks the day that the Sun's path is directly over the equator.  This day also contains equal amount of day time and night time.  This day typically occurs each year on March 20, and on March 21 on some years.

Spring Begins (Northern Hemisphere) Facts

  • The First Day of Spring is also called the Vernal Equinox.
  • The Vernal Equinox is the day of the year where there are exactly 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of dark in the Northern Hemisphere.
  • On the vernal equinox, the Sun crosses the equator into the Northern Hemisphere.  This has the effect of making the days longer in the Northern Hemisphere until the Summer Solstice occurs.
  • The Egyptian Great Sphinx points directly at the Sun on this day.

Spring Begins Top Events and Things to Do

  • Visit a nursery and purchase seeds or plants.
  • Start your Spring cleaning.
  • Plan your flower beds and garden.
  • Put away winter clothes and prepare summer clothes.

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