Spring Equinox 2016 — First day of Spring 2016



Celebrating Spring Equinox 2016

If you are an admirer of warm weather, you must be definitely looking forward to know when the next first day of spring 2016 is marked. If you also want to explore some celebration ideas for Spring Equinox 2016, do stay here to read the write-up. We have shared here the schedule that will let you know when you can welcome and embrace the very first maiden moments of this March equinox that is also known as spring quinox or vernal equinox. Considered being the most beautiful and reproductive season, spring marks celebrations of rejuvenation and re-growth occurs in nature and species during spring equinox 2016.  You can check the first day of spring from here. You can also refer our post on first day of spring 2016 to know timings of the commencement of spring in several time zones.

The springtime begins on 19th of March 2016 in astronomical terms, but the date varies from 19th or 20th March 2016 in different parts of the Northern Hemisphere due to time difference. The Spring equinox attracts celebrations that rejoice for ideas of rebirth and rejuvenation or arrival of something new.

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When is the First Day of Spring Equinox 2016

Before we look on the ways the spring equinox 2016 can be celebrated, we are sharing here the timings of the first day of the spring equinox 2016. Calculate the time of beginning of the first day of vernal equinox 2016 in your city or country looking at the dates and times of below time zones.

  • UTC: 20th March 2016, Sunday at 4.31 AM
  • EST : 19th March 2016, Saturday at 11.30 PM

The calculated duration of the spring equinox in Northern Hemisphere currently runs in 92.758 days. In spite of a universal teaching that day and nights are equally of 12 hours on the first day of spring and first day of autumn, some observations done by US Naval Observatory do contradict this fact as the first day of spring and first day of fall are seen longer than the nights by few minutes. A PDF document is given here.

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Spring Equinox Celebrations | Vernal Equinox Traditions Around the World

Though the spring equinox is being celebrated in special ways in pagan and Wiccan culture, the beginning of spring equinox will also mark the onset of celebrations in modern world and prominent religions and countries across the world. You will find the answers here as we list some festivals and celebrations that will happen during spring equinox 2016.

Spring season epitomizes the beginnings or arrival of new and fresh things and renewal in nature and our spirits. The first most popular holidays to wait for during spring equinox are Easter Holidays in Christian religion and Passover feast in Jewish culture. The Easter is celebrated by feasting on Easter eggs that again symbolize birth and reproduction. The festival itself is a feast of resurrection of Lord Jesus.

China too has an ancient tradition which is celebrated with eggs on the day of the Spring Equinox which are symbols of reproduction. The tradition of egg balancing is celebrated to bring good luck and prosperity. Though eggs can be balanced on their broad ends at any time of the year, a myth surrounds that March equinox is the only day when eggs can be perfectly balanced.

Zoroastrian which is the Persian religion in Iran celebrates New Year or Nawroz during the Spring Equinox. Japan too celebrates Higan festival on March equinox as well on September equinox by paying homage to the ancestors and celebrates the shift of spirits from earthly world to the other world of enlightenment accordingly to Buddhism.

The modern generation worldwide celebrates the Earth Day since 1970 on 22nd April during the Vernal Equinox to promote measures and awareness to save the earth’s natural environment from pollutants and other destruction.

If you are admirer of the spring season and believe in the celebration of the first day of spring, the post will surely charm you. Do share it with your friends and let them know when the Spring Equinox 2016 begins. As the whole world unites in various celebrations during the spring equinox, you can also plan out your special days like weddings or beginning of some new venture on the first day of spring 2016. All the firstdayof different months are given here. The first days of the seasons are often considered as auspicious and symbolize good luck and good fortune. You can also refer our other articles to know the first days of all seasons, solstices and equinoxes.

Fall Equinox 2016- When is First Day of Fall Equinox?



Fall Equinox 2016

The Fall Equinox 2016 day and timings for Northern and Southern Hemisphere are shared here! Fall Equinox is also known as September Equinox or the first day of fall. Astronomically, it marks the first day of autumn season in Northern Hemisphere of the earth. Fall is the period of transition from summer to winter. It falls in September when the sunset starts happening early day by day as winter time approaches. Meet the varied traditions and beliefs that surround the start of autumnal equinox worldwide.  22nd September 2016 14:22 hours as per UTC marks the fall equinox 2016 and the beginning of the first day of fall in Northern Hemisphere. We have also updated the dates of first day of spring, first day of winter and first day of summer 2016.

The fall equinox 2016 will be the second equinox of the year after the March equinox 2016. The autumnal season is mainly a shift of weather from warm to cold one and traditionally a significant event for celebration and harvesting festivals.

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When is First Day of Autumn Equinox 2016?

Note below the beginning of September Equinox 2016 in different time zones:

Date: 22nd September 2016 – First Day of Fall 2016

  • 14:22 hours UTC
  • 22 hours EST
  • 22 hours AST
  • 22 hours PDT | MST
  • 22 hours CDT

The fall equinox 2016 date may vary from 22nd September in other time zones of the world. The indications and symbolizations of Autumn juxtaposes the spring season. Trees lose their leaves, the flowery cheerfulness of summer disappears and beginning of dry and chill days of winter is heralded. Poets have often linked autumn with melancholic mood of nature.

Interesting Facts About Autumn Equinox | First Day of Autumn 2016

Here are some interesting facts about the Fall Equinox 2016, we would love to share with you. These facts will also explain you this geographical phenomenon in a friendly manner:

  1. Its the second equinox of the year; the first one being observed in March. While the vernal equinox is the first phenomenon of equinox in Northern Hemisphere, the Southern Hemisphere observes its Autumn equinox as their first one of the year.
  2. Summer is absolutely out. The summer ends with the autumnal equinox and the precursor season of the winter begins.
  3. When the Northern hemisphere world will be observing their September equinox of Fall equinox, the Southern hemisphere countries like Australia, New Zealand, Southern Africa and South American will be celebrating beauty of their Spring Equinox 2016.
  4. Fall Equinox Dates – The precise dates of fall equinox may vary from year to year and with different time zones of the world. However we have shared the UTC time of the first day of autumn here to enable you to calculate your local time accordingly.
  5. What exactly will happen on the day of fall equinox 2016? Well, in year 2016, the Sun will cross the celestial equator from North to South on 22nd of September at 14:22 hours UTC. Celestial equator is the imaginary line corresponding the Earth’s equator and hence the Sun’s longitude is either 0 degree of 180 degree on the day of equinox.
  6. From the happening of September equinox, the days will start getting shorter day by day till the winter solstice 2016 will occur around 22nd December 2016.
  7. It is said that the day of fall equinox is the day when earth enjoys equal hours of day and equal hours of night, which is not precise. It may vary around the day of the equinox.
  8. The term Equinox is derived from the two Latin language words meaning equal and night. This again signifies that there will be equal day and night.
  9. The time lag between the two moonrises also becomes shorter. The first nearest full moon to September equinox. For few days around the Harvest Moon, the duration between the two moon rises is decreased by 30-40 minutes in the northern hemisphere and the same is increased in the southern. Harvest Moon will occur on 16th September 2016 at 19.05 hours UTC.
  10. The geo magnetic activities get doubled during the equinoxes and hence its time for northern lights to present a colourful visual on the earth. Northernmost countries like Norway and Greenland observe the natural show of aurora.

The Fall Equinox 2016 also brings celebrations worldwide in different forms like Halloween Day, All Saints Day, Sukkot Day (Jewish) and Thanksgiving Day in US and Canada. Host of other regional festivals and celebrations are marked on the day of Autumn Equinox. Meet the other wonderful facts and figures on first day of spring 2016, first day of winter 2015, first day of summer 2016. We have updated information on all the equinoxes and solstices occurring during the year along with their astronomical, cultural, agricultural and religious significances. Also know the several celebrations that are interestingly linked with each of the equinox and solstice.