What happens on the Vernal Equinox?

From the Farmer’s Almanac…always a wise source…
The vernal equinox signals new beginnings and nature’s renewal in the Northern Hemisphere. Many cultures celebrate spring festivals, like EasterPassover and Norooz.  Here are some ideas for you to take full advantage of the equinox:
Observe nature around you!

  • Worms begin to emerge from the earth. In fact, the March Full Moon is called “The Full Worm Moon” for this reason.
  • Notice the arc of the Sun across the sky as it shifts toward the north. Birds are migrating northward, along with the path of the Sun.
  • Speaking of birds, did you know that the increasing sunlight is what triggers birds to sing? Cool, eh? Enjoy our Bird Songs page.
  • Trees, shrubs, and flowers are sensitive to temperature and day-length, too! Since ancient days, people have used them as indicators of when the weather is right for planting. For example: Blooming crocus are your cue to plant radishesparsnips, and spinachSee more of nature’s signs.
  • Of course, the longer days bring warmer weather! Both we and the animals around us strip off our clothes and heavy coats!  
  • Ready, set, plant! March is time to start gardens and sow seeds in many regions. See the Best Planting Dates according to your local frost dates.  

Some additional ideas to make the most of this powerful time from the Chopra Center.

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