Mar 192017

The March equinox — first day of Spring — is Monday, March 20, 2017 at 6:29 a.m. EDT.

Before Spring was called Spring, it was called Lent in Old English. Starting in the 14th century, that time of year was called “springing time”—a reference to plants “springing” from the ground. In the 15th century this got shortened to “spring-time,” and then further shortened in the 16th century to just “spring.”

Scientifically, the equinox marks the time when the sun crosses the celestial equator from south to north.

this time of year signals earlier sunrises, later sunsets, softer winds and green plants sprouting from the ground, although many of us have seen crocuses and other flowers emerge and some even survived the recent snow storms.

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