Happy Spring Equinox. Today is officially the first day of spring, even if it doesn’t feel like it where you are. It is also the day I have my internet back. Still have no idea what was wrong. Tech people gave me nothing but the run around, and then suddenly, poof, I have the internet again. No explanation. No obvious reason. It was just back.
Since it is the first day of spring, I thought I’d blog a little about the spring equinox. For those who don’t know, the spring and fall equinox are the only two days in the year where day and night are the same length. Every other day, either the day or the night is longer. This is due to the fact that the sun is shining directly over Earth’s equator, equally illuminating both the northern and southern hemispheres.
Like the solstices, the spring equinox is a fairly consistent event and has been used in many ancient calendars to mark the beginning of holidays. In the persian calendar, the spring equinox was used to make the beginning of the year. Both Christians and Jews use it to determine one of their big holidays: easter for christians and passover for jews. One of the most impressive equinox displays is at Chichen Itza in Mexico. Built by the ancient Mayans, this city is home to the temple of Kulkulkan, a feathered serpent god. During the equinoxes, a shadow is cast along one of the stair cases that looks like a serpent winding down to the base of the stairs where a large, stone snake’s head is.
So, have a good spring equinox. Hopefully, you’re having good weather and can catch a little time to enjoy the day.