National Aries Day is celebrated yearly on March 21. Aries is the first of the 12 astrological signs. Like the other zodiac signs that make up the horoscope, Aries was named after a constellation by ancient Greek astrologists. Aries is portrayed by the symbol of the ram, which is the reason why those who fall under this sign — those born between March 21 and April 19 — are thought to be impulsive and energetic. These people are known as Arians or Ariens. Aries is associated with the color red because of its ruling planet, Mars. People celebrate this holiday by sharing and engaging with friends on social media. They also post horoscopic predictions for the day.
History of National Aries Day
Aries is the first of the 12 zodiac signs. Like the other zodiac signs that make up the horoscope, Aries was named after a constellation many years ago by Greek astrologists. Astrology itself studies the movements and relative positions of celestial bodies, which are thought by astrologists to be able to influence human behavior in the natural world.
The practice of Astrology dates back to Mesopotamia, third millennium B.C., where people believed that the stars held influence over the destinies of humans. By 1500 B.C., the Babylonians had segmented the zodiac into 12 equal signs, bearing similar constellation names to the ones we’re familiar with today, such as The Great Twins, The Lion, and The Scales. These Babylonian horoscopes eventually caught on with the Greeks and became part of their divination rituals.
Through the conquest of the Persian empire, astrology traveled to Egypt. In 332 B.C., Alexander the Great conquered Egypt and founded the city of Alexandria. He died a few years later and was succeeded by Ptolemy, his close companion, and army general, as Pharaoh of Egypt. During the third and second centuries B.C., the Ptolemaic scholars of Alexandria combined Babylonian astrology and Egyptian tradition of Decanic astrology to create Horoscopic astrology.
During the middle ages, astrology was considered an academic practice, which ironically led it to become a potent driving force behind the development of astronomy, the actual scientific approach to understanding space and celestial bodies. This made astrology the author of its own undoing, for it lost its standing as an academic field by the 17th century due to it being proven to be pseudoscientific by the very field it helped bolster.
During the 20th century, astrology resurged in popularity through the influence of mass media products such as newspaper horoscopes. Statistics show that 21st-century Millennials and Gen-Zs are those who are drawn to horoscopes the most — to the point that it’s now usual to see astrological signs displayed on people’s social media profiles. Some more youth-oriented platforms like Snapchat even display them by default.
The origin of National Aries Day is unclear. It’s very likely, however, that the holiday emerged from International Astrology Day — it being the first day of the astrological sign of Aries and therefore also the first day of a new astrological cycle.
Furthermore, the dates of holidays coincide, but they are not to be interpreted as one holiday, as International Astrology Day celebrates all twelve horoscopes whereas National Aries Day celebrates just one.
National Aries Day timeline
People begin practicing Astrology.
Greek Astrologists form the Horoscope.
Astrology loses its academic standing in society.
Due to the influence of mass media, horoscopes resurge in popularity.
National Aries Day FAQs
When is National Aries Day?
March 21 is National Aries Day.
When can the Aries constellation be seen?
The constellation Aries is visible from the northern hemisphere during late winter and early spring.
Who is an Arien?
An Arien is someone who is born under the zodiac sign of Aries.
National Aries Day Activities
Participate in the social media celebration
Use the hashtag #NationalAriesDay to connect with others celebrating the holiday. You could mention other Ariens you know and wish them a Happy Aries Day.
Organize an Aries meet-up
You could plan an Aries meet-up with friends of the same sign. You could also attend any Aries meet and greet at your location.
Learn about your horoscope
The holiday is a perfect occasion to learn more about your zodiac sign. There are many articles and books online to help you with that.
5 Interesting Facts About Aries
Named after a constellation
The sign Aries is named after a constellation visible from the Northern Hemisphere.
Created by Greek astrologists
The western horoscope was formed by greek astrologists who combined Babylonian and Egyptian astrology.
Famous pop icons
Famous pop icons such as Elton John and Lady Gaga have Aries as their birth sign.
The first zodiac sign
Aries is the first of the 12 zodiac signs of the horoscope.
In past centuries, astrology inspired astronomy
People's belief in celestial bodies affecting human destinies drove the science of astronomy.
Why We Love National Aries Day
Astrology is a coping mechanism
Research shows that astrology may help some people deal with adverse life events. It could also help those going through a phase of uncertainty.
Celebrate loved ones
We get to celebrate loved ones who are born in the Aries season. Ariens get to celebrate themselves.
It’s an opportunity for Ariens to bond
The holiday presents an opportunity for Ariens to bond and form relationships. It helps them share relatable experiences.
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