About Vernal Equinox
The word equinox comes from the Latin words aequus, meaning “equal,” and nox, meaning “night.”
The sun rises exactly in the east and sets exactly in the west on this day, making day and night equal in length. From this day forward, the sun crosses over the equator to the Northern Hemisphere, meaning it rises and sets in the Northern Hemisphere, meaning that the days will begin to become longer than nights in the Northern Hemisphere, heralding the arrival of Spring.
The equinox is also important in many parts of the world as a key part of cultural practices. The equinox marks the first day of the Iranian calendars, and the Nowruz holiday is celebrated by some people in Iran, Afghanistan, and the Kurdish regions of Iraq, Turkey and Syria, and throughout Central Asia. Traditions differ between places, but it’s a New Year celebration of the spring equinox.
In Japan, it’s observed as a national holiday, known as Shunbun no Hi.Find out more