Spring into the Beauty of the Season!

The Spring vernal equinox is the beginning of the spring season. It’s a lovely time of the year, a time of renewal and regeneration.

The Vernal Equinox occurs on March 20, 2014. The word equinox is derived from the Latin words aequus or equal and nox or night. We love knowing that like the name says, that yes, the day time and the night time are approximately equal in length. The term vernal equinox comes from the Latin ver for spring.

Did you know that concept of the vernal equinox originated when Julius Caesar established a calendar in 45 BC? The time was set as March 25, but as the Julian calendar is slightly longer at 365.25 days, the calendar moved the date forward. By 1500 AD, the equinox was March 11. Then Pope Gregory XIII created the Gregorian calendar to restore the date of Easter, which itself is affected by the lunar cycles. The equinox is now four days earlier than in Caesar’s time taking into the equation the effects of leap years. We love springtime, and adore learning new facts and sharing them.

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