Finally tomorrow is Spring! The season that brings increased daylight, warmer temperatures and blooming flowers. The word equinox is derived from the Latin words meaning “equal night.” Days and night are approximately equal everywhere and the Sun rises and sets due east and west. At the equinoxes, the tilt of the Earth relative to the Sun is zero, which means that Earth’s axis neither points toward nor away from the sun.
According to folklore, you can stand a raw egg on its end on the equinox. Is this true?
The editors at the Almanac tried this trick. For one full workday they tested this on 24 eggs. 17 out of the 24 eggs stood standing. They also tried this again three days later and found similar results. Was it still too near the equinox? Give it a try yourself and let us know your results.
Other signs of spring include chirping birds, green buds and blooming flowers. If you pay attention to animal behavior you will also notice other signs of spring.
Spring Folklore and Verse
One swallow does not make a spring.
Bluebirds are a sign of spring; warm weather and gentle south breezes they bring.
In spring, no one thinks of the snow that fell last year.
Don’t say that spring has come until you can put your foot on nine daisies.
The whole Earth smiles, thy coming to greet.
Regardless of the signs we follow to let us know spring is here, it’s the start to a new season and new beginnings. A great time to do some spring cleaning of your home inside and out. Clean out those gardens, wash some windows and check your home for any signs of wear from the winter months. Enjoy the fact we can spend more time outdoors and help relieve those winter blues.
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