Today Is The First Day Of Spring: Here Are Five Weird Traditions To Celebrate The Vernal Equinox In 2017

Although the recent weather might have been up and down, we are now officially past winter, and have entered spring 2017.

The nights are drawing out and before long the clocks will go forward and we will get an extra hour of daylight.

The official beginning of spring in the Northern Hemisphere is known as the Vernal Equinox, which admittedly, is a somewhat sinister name for something that is the complete opposite.

So what exactly is the Vernal Equinox, and has it ever been celebrated? Yes, and in so pretty… different ways.

Here’s everything you need to know, courtesy of The Mirror .

Why does the Vernal Equinox happen?

The equinox occurs because of the tilt of the Earth in relation to the Sun. This is what causes the seasons.

The Earth's tilt is 23.5 degrees relative to the plane of its orbit and means that, although one revolution of the planet takes 24 hours, it's different depending on the time of year.

During the summer time, the Northern Hemisphere is tilted towards the Sun, so we get longer days as more light falls on this part of the planet.

In the winter time it's the Southern Hemisphere that gets the majority of the light.

'Equal night'

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