VERNAL EQUINOX 2021
MARCH 20 2021
09:36' AM (GMT) / 11:36' AM (Greek time, UTC + 02:00)
An Equinox is the instant of time when the plane
of Earth's equator passes through the geometric center of the Sun's disk.
In other words, it is the moment at which the center of the visible Sun is directly above the equator.
Systematically observing the sunrise, people discovered that it occurs between two extreme locations at the horizon and eventually noted the midpoint between the two.
Later it was realized that this happens on a day when the duration of the day and the night are practically equal and the word "equinox" comes from Latin "aequus", meaning "equal", and "nox", meaning "night".
In the Northern Hemisphere, the Vernal Equinox (March) conventionally marks the beginning of Spring in most cultures.
The Vernal Equinox takes place on March 20 2021, at 11:36 AM (Greek time, UTC + 02:00) / 09:36' AM (GMT).
Then, the day grows and shrinks the night, until the day reaches its zenith during the Summer Solstice of
In contrast, in the Southern Hemisphere, the March Equinox marks the beginning of Autumn, hence it is called Autumnal.
Thereafter, the night grows and the day gets shorter, until the night reaches its zenith, during the Winter Solstice of June 21st.
In the Southern Hemisphere, the Vernal Equinox takes place on September 22 2021.
- The Vernal Equinox is considered the start of the New Year in the Assyrian and the Persian or Iranian Calendars.
Thus, it coincides with the New Year for the Iranians (نوروز, Nowruz), but also for other peoples of the Middle East and Central Asia.
- In Hindu astrology, Vernal Equinox is known as Vasant Vishuva (वसंत विशुवा) or Vasant Sampat (वसंत संपत).
The following day is the first day of various Hindu Calendars (ओरिया, Oriya / तामिल, Tamil / मलयालम, Malayalam / बंगाली, Bengali) and New Year (नया साल) for many Indians.
Due to precession Hindu equivalent of Vernal Equinox has drifted apart and celebrated on April 14 2021, on Mesha Sankranti (मश संक्रांति / महा विशुव संक्रांति, Maha Vishuva Sankranti), the day when the sun enters Aries (माशा राशी, Mesha Rashi), according to Hindu astrology.
In the State of Kerala (केरल), it is celebrated as Vishu Kani (कानी कानी / मलयालम नया साल, Malayalam New Year) and is believed to be the most auspicious time of the year.
- The Vernal Equinox is the starting point for calculating the feast of Easter, for the Jews and the Christians.
- The Vernal Equinox is a holiday of special importance for the Neopagans, as it symbolizes the rebirth of nature.
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