Vernal Equinox – March 20th or 21st

What is the Vernal Equinox?

The Vernal Equinox, or Spring Equinox, marks the beginning of Spring in the northern hemisphere and Fall in the southern hemisphere. On the Vernal Equinox, the sun shines directly on the equator and the length of day and night are nearly equal – the only place with exactly 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of night is on the Equator.

When is the Vernal Equinox?

The Vernal Equinox occurs around March 20 or 21 at a specific time. In 2011, the Vernal Equinox will occur on March 20 at 11:21 p.m. The Vernal Equinox will continue to fall on March 20 until 2044.

Do people celebrate the Spring Equinox?

Learn about celebrating the Vernal Equinox here. Then check out National Geographic’s slide show of Vernal Equinox rituals around the world.

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