Spring 2017: When is the vernal equinox?
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The vernal equinox is on Monday, March 20, 2017 at 5:28 am CDT. That marks the exact time when the sun crosses over the equator and the length of days and nights will be almost equal.
The day that comes the closest to having 12 hours of equal day and night is actually March 16th.
For example, in Alabama on March 16 the day length is 12 hours and 6 seconds in Birmingham, 11:59:51 in Huntsville, and 12:00:40 in Mobile. More
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The major celebrations of Songkran Festival (celebrating the New Year and the arrival of spring) are similar to India's Holi Festival, China's Qingming Festival, and Christendom's Easter.
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This makes it the 15th day after the Spring Equinox, either April 4th or 5th in a given year. Other common translations include Chinese Memorial Day and Ancestors' Day.
Qingming has been regularly observed as a statutory public holiday in China. In Taiwan, the public holiday is now always observed on April 5th to honor the death of Chiang Kai-shek on that day in 1975. It became a public holiday in mainland China in 2008.
On the mainland, the holiday is associated with the consumption of qingtuan, green dumplings made of glutinous rice and barley grass. In Taiwan, the similar confection is known as caozaiguo or shuchuguo. A similar holiday is observed in the Ryukyu Islands, called Shīmī in the local language. More
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It signifies the victory of good over evil, the arrival of spring, the end of winter, and for many a festive day to meet others, play, laugh, forget, forgive, and repair broken relationships.
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