12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of darkness
The 21st of March has always been known as the Vernal or Spring Equinox but did you know that the date can change? By the way equinox basically means equal night.
The Spring Equinox is sometimes referred to as the Vernal Equinox vernal means spring so together the Vernal Equinox means Spring Equal Night and Day. This is the start of the Astrological year when the Sun enters 0* of the Sign of the Ram (Aries). The famous Egyptian priests built their Great Sphinx to point directly toward the rising Sun on this day every year.
The Vernal or Spring Equinox happens when the sun shines directly on the equator and the day and night are nearly equal, as in 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of darkness. This happens in the southern and northern hemisphere. In the northern hemisphere it is the Spring Equinox and in the southern hemisphere it’s the Autumnal Equinox.
Did you know that the the Celtic Wheel of Festivals are based around the shortes and longest day’s of the year and the equinox?
This year the Vernal or Spring Equinox will happen in Waterford on Monday the 20th of March 2017 at 10.29am (GMT).
If you want to find out when it will happen where you are living then click HERE.
Don’t forget that the clocks are going forward on the morning of Sunday the 26th of March by one hour to official summer time!