noun \ˈē-kwə-ˌnäks, ˈe-\
Either of the two times each year (as about March 21 and September 23) when the sun crosses the equator and day and night are everywhere on earth of approximately equal length
Origin: Middle English, from Anglo-French or Medieval Latin; Anglo-French equinocce, from Medieval Latin equinoxium, alteration of Latin aequinoctium, from aequi-equi- + noct-, nox night
First Known Use: 14th century
~ Merriam-Webster Dictionary
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On March 20th, our planet will once again experience an equinox, when day and night will be about the same length. In the Northern Hemisphere, the Equinox will herald the official coming of Spring; in the Southern Hemisphere, the Equinox will be ushering in Autumn.
Spring is a very special time anywhere on Earth, and most cultures celebrate the renewal and rebirth that Spring brings to the natural world.
Autumn is a time for harvest, for withdrawal, for reflection, as the natural world prepares for the quiet and rest of Winter.
All this week, our contributors will be celebrating the invigorating beauty of Spring as it slowly (or swiftly) begins. In some regions, snow still blankets the ground. In others, Spring is well on its way to full flowering.
We will also hear a friend in the Southern Hemisphere describe the end of their Summer and transition to Autumn.