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Spring Begins – March 20, 2023

Spring Begins falls on March 20 this year, with the arrival of the vernal equinox, spring equinox, or March equinox lasting till about June 22. The first day of spring varies slightly yearly, depending on the tilt of the earth in relation to the Sun, an uneven number of days, and seasons among other factors. In the Northern Hemisphere, we mark the beginning of spring when the Sun crosses the equator line as it tilts towards the Sun bringing an increase in daylight hours and warmer temperatures recording about equal length in day and night (12 hours). During winter, the earth shifts away from the sun.

History of Spring Begins

Springtime; heady scents, vibrant splash of breathtaking colors, oh so refreshing rustling of leaves, spring blesses us with colorful brighter days, making us feel more alive than ever. One of four seasons including summer, fall, and winter, each accompanied by a change in weather, spring is characterized by warmer, brighter temperatures, increase in rainfall, the bloom of flowers, and the grand return of certain animals (bears, bats hedgehogs, wood frogs, among many others); sometimes spring also is characteristic of storms and tornadoes.

Marked by the astronomical definition, spring which occurs between the spring equinox and the summer solstice is dependent on equinoxes (‘equinox’ — Latin for ‘equal night.’) One of the two times of the year when daytime and nighttime are almost the same lengths) and solstices, — ‘solstice’ — derived from the Latin word ‘sol’ meaning Sun, and ‘sistere,’ translated to make stand. Solstice is one of two moments yearly when the Sun is farthest from earth’s equator. During spring, the earth’s axis is not tilted toward or away from the Sun.

In the Northern Hemisphere, spring kick-starts when the vernal equinox blesses us with her presence and the sun crosses the equator line, heading north. (‘vernal’ from the mid 16th century Latin ‘vernalis’ derived from the Latin word ‘ver’ — ‘spring’ and ‘equinox’ from the Latin words ‘aequi’ — ‘equal,’ and ‘nox’ — night.’) In contrast, at that very moment, the Southern hemisphere begins tilting away from the sun, officially signaling the ushering in of cooler temperatures autumn (fall). In the Southern Hemisphere, spring, associated with September, October, and November, occurs on September 22. During the first day of spring, the Sun rises in the east and sets in the west.

Spring, dubbed the season of new beginnings, rebirth, rejuvenation, and transformation is eagerly embraced with lots of excitement, melting our hearts with endless possibilities which lie ahead.

Spring Begins timeline

46 B.C.
Julian Calendar Proposal

March 25 is the date of the Spring Equinox by Roman Emperor Julius Caesar based on the Sun.

1543
Earth Rotating Around the Sun Theory Introduced

This was suggested by Polish scientist Nicolaus Copernicus.

1582
Establishment of the Gregorian Calendar

Pope Gregory XIII introduces his Gregorian calendar to fix discrepancies of the Julian Calendar.

1718
“The Four Seasons” Get First Mention

Antonio Vivaldi’s classical “The Four Seasons” — a group of violin compositions, is composed.

1923
Last Country Adopts Gregorian Calendar

Greece becomes the last country to adopt the Gregorian calendar.

Spring Begins FAQs

Where does the word ‘spring’ come from?

Spring traces its roots to the old English word — ‘Lent’ is derived from ‘lencten,’ meaning ‘spring.’ By the 1300s, ‘lent’ was replaced by ‘springing time’ about plants springing and blooming, which got shortened in the 15th century to ‘spring-time,’ the 16th century finally sealed it up with ‘spring.’

What does spring symbolize?

Joy, love, hope, fertility, growth, rebirth renewal are often associated with the spring season.

What’s one fun spring tradition in the world?

Northern India’s ‘Holi’ — also known as ‘Festival of Colors.’ Dubbed one of the world’s most colorful traditions, as celebrated by the Hindus, this marks the glorious arrival of spring and the end of winter. It normally involves a playful splash of colorful hues of paint, water, and powder at each other, symbolizing the spring season.

Spring Begins Activities

  1. Take a walk

    So winter sort of put a dampening on your fitness routine? Well, this is the time to get to work. Hit the outdoors and burn off those extra calories, plus socializing comes in the mix too. Sounds fun, right?

  2. Throw a mini party

    What better way to launch spring than with delicious food? An intimate family cookout with some fresh spicy grilling and fresh air gives the perfect ambiance to spend good quality time catching up on the good times, ushering in the happy vibes.

  3. Reset and relaunch

    Spring symbolizes new beginnings and fresh starts, the perfect opportunity to launch a better you. Now you have longer days — maximize them! What dream do you want to see manifest in reality? Work towards it. Embrace a positive mindset and launch big.

5 Fun Facts About Spring Begins

  1. Spring lives up to its name

    Spring was called ‘lent,’ derived the Old English ‘lengten,’ translated — ‘to make longer in length.’

  2. Birds start chirping

    Male birds sing to attract mates and establish their territory.

  3. Animals come back from hibernation

    Animals such as bears, bats, squirrels, and many others come back from hibernation.

  4. Central Asia celebrates coming of spring

    ‘Navruz’ — ‘Coming of Spring’ in West Asia is celebrated in Uzbekistan on March 21.

  5. The White House ushers in spring

    Since April 22, 1878, on Easter Monday there’s been the White House Easter Egg Roll to date.

Why We Love Spring Begins

  1. It colors our world

    Warmer temperatures bless us with the exciting outdoors, flowers bloom splashing an array of beauty, plants, and trees, sunlight, longer days, and is a great mood booster. It’s a wonderous time.

  2. It inspires us to push harder

    The thrill of embracing new challenges, mapping uncharted territories, exploring new depths, and discovering a whole new you, spring, associated with rebirth, rejuvenation, and positivity, fills us with hope and challenges us to do better. One great confidence booster.

  3. It lifts our mood

    The welcoming temperatures encourage us to socialize more which helps tons with depression and anxiety. Good old heartfelt conversations accompanied with a shoulder to lean, on lift our moods and make us feel happier.

Spring Begins dates

YearDateDay
2022March 20Sunday
2023March 20Monday
2024March 19Tuesday
2025March 20Thursday
2026March 20Friday

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