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   » Home » Celebrate the Seasons » Spring, the Vernal Equinox
Spring, the Vernal Equinox by Heidi Richards Mooney

March 20th, the first day of spring begins the season of flowers, spring fever, outdoor celebrations and more. Spring is usually when  flowers bloom, animals are hatched or mating begins. 

The first day of spring is also known as the vernal equinox (Equinox means "equal night") - the time of year that symbolizes the change to spring. With the center of the sun positioned right over the equator, the day and night are about equal in length around the world. (Equinox means "equal night".) From now until September, there will be longer and warmer days in the Northern Hemisphere.

Some Spring Trivia:
 
The ancient Greeks celebrated Mother's Day in spring. The ancient Greeks celebrated Rhea, "Mother of the Gods," with honey-cakes, beverages, and flowers at dawn--the earliest known Mother's Day celebration.

 Four-leaf clovers are thought to bring good luck, but there's no scientific evidence to support that claim.

The area along the California-Oregon border, is known as the "Easter Lily Capital of the World" because it produces 95 percent of all bulbs grown in the world for the potted Easter lily market. They produce more than 11 million bulbs annually.

Although baby birds are born with the ability to sing, they must learn the songs of their species. An isolated baby bird will learn simple songs, but not the complex songs of its species. A bird must hear in order to learn. Only a few birds can sing the songs of other species. The mockingbird seems to be the best at imitating the songs of other birds.

Did you know "Spring Fever" is a real physical condition which commonly occurs when a sudden warm spell follows a long cold period. When the temperature rises, the body has to get rid of heat; thus there's a dilation or expansion of the blood vessels so that blood can be carried to the body surface where heat can be lost quickly. Some people experience an energetic feeling when this change happens due to the body's reaction to the great amount of internal work going on.

 An emerald represents spring, rebirth, hope, peace, and tranquility.

some spring flowers include the Arbutus narcissus, daffodil, tulip, hyacinth, lily of the valley, lilac and iris.

One of my favorite spring poems is shared by teachers aroudn the globe to their students:

Spring by Celia Thaxter

The alder by the river
Shakes out her powdery curls;
The willow buds in silver
For little boys and girls.

The little birds fly over
And oh, how sweet they sing!
To tell the happy children
That once again 'tis spring.

The gay green grass comes creeping
So soft beneath their feet;
The frogs begin to ripple
A music clear and sweet.

And buttercups are coming,
And scarlet columbine,
And in the sunny meadows
The dandelions shine.

And just as many daisies
As their soft hands can hold
The little ones may gather,
All fair in white and gold.

Here blows the warm red clover,
There peeps the violet blue;
O happy little children!
God made them all for you.

Check out the free seasonal Spring games for kids! Word searches, jigsaw puzzle and more. ... Seasonal Fun: Spring Games. Spring Simon Says. Spring Jigsaw Puzzle ...  at www.primarygames.com/seasons/ spring/games.htm


©Heidi Richards Mooney is an Author, Professional Speaker, and Business Mentor. She is the owner of Eden Florist & Gift Baskets – www.edenflorist.com and the Founder & CEO of the Women’s ECommerce Association, International www.WECAI.org – an Internet organization that “Helps Women Do Business on the WEB.”  BASIC Membership is Free.  She can be reached at heidi@edenflorist.com.  Permission is granted to publish this article electronically or in print, free of charge, as long as the bylines are included. A courtesy copy of your publication is appreciated.

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