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Spring Is Here! Celebrate the Vernal Equinox!

Spring Is Here! Celebrate the Vernal Equinox!

By Sara Jonsson

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You know that feeling of sluggish indifference you've had for the last month? That way you woke up every morning and looked out your window at bare, black tree branches, the unfriendly granite sky, and the piles of dirty mutated snow lining the streets? "Le sigh..." you'd say to yourself. "I guess this is my life now. No sun, no summer, just endless gloom and cold." Well snap out of it!! (Also, that sad feeling is called Seasonal Affective Disorder and it is real and is a major bummer, but it is temporary!) YOUR REIGN OF TERROR IS OVER, Punxsutawny Phil, you tubby, gloomy, bringer of bad news. Today is the day spring officially arrives to Planet Earth's Northern Hemisphere!*
*To those of you who have been living in beautiful climate all this time, please shhh and let us have this. It has been a long hard winter and we are weary.
Wait, so what exactly is the vernal equinox (or spring equinox, as it is often called)? Welp, apart from being the first day of spring in our calendar, it also marks one of two days a year that the sun shines directly on the equator, making night and day equal. It also happens again in September for the autumnal equinox. Today, that moment of near equality will be at exactly 12.57pm EDT!
This day is also known as the International Day of Happiness, so make sure you take advantage of it! Back in the day, the Mayans used to get super festive and sacrifice people in huge gory Equinox rituals! Not only that, but the Pyramid of Chichen Itza is built so that at the exact moment of the equinox, the sun makes the steps look like a giant Serpent of Light ascending the pyramid. Poooty cool.
Myth: You can stand an egg on its end at the exact moment of the equinox.
Fact: No you can't.
Myth: You can stand a broom on its end at the exact moment of the equinox.
Fact: No you can't.
Bummer! There is no scientific way the Earth's position could help stabilize any round object.
Myth: Gyms are affordable.
Fact: We will never be able to afford Equinox, and probably wouldn't even use it if we could.
It might still be freezing where you live, but try and find ways to celebrate! Buy daffodils! Have friends over for spring cleaning! Fall asleep in a sunbeam! Whatever you do, be happy knowing that the long dark is over, and it can only get warmer and brighter from here on out. Just like life!! Metaphors!!

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Topics: Life
Tags: spring, sun, seasons, vernal equinox, come out come out, the rise of the northern hemisphere

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Sara Jonsson

Sara Jonsson is a Brooklyn-based writer, storyteller, and comic-book-movie lover. She can sometimes be found hosting variety shows, or writing web series about girls waiting in bathroom lines. She is from Montana and and dreams of one day interior designing ranch houses for a living.

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