When is Equinox 2018?
Know Everything about Equinox 2018. Read the firstdayof article to learn more about Equinox 2018! We all know that the earth rotates around the Sun in an orbit, during this the north and south position of the Sun also changes which is the main reason for the change in seasons.
The change in the North and South position of the Sun changes due to the changing orientation of the earth’s tilted rotation axis. This tilt of the earth’s equator results into Autumnal and Vernal Equinox.
What do you mean by Equinox?
Equinox is a point when the axis of the earth is exactly parallel to the direction of motion of the earth while rotating around the Sun. It takes place twice in a year and accounts for equal duration of day and night. Equinox is derived from a Latin word meaning aequus (equal); nox (night).
The duration of night and day is equal on the Earth’s surface i.e. 12 hours. The autumnal or fall Equinox occurs on 22rd Sept while the spring or Vernal Equinox is experienced on 20th March. The dates may fluctuate accordingly.
Types of Equinox: March and September Equinoxes
Also known as March Equinox, it is considered to be the first day of the autumn season. The Sun passes through the equator from the Northern to the Southern Hemisphere. The North Pole starts tilting away from the Sun. It normally occurs between 20-21 March. In the Northern hemisphere it is known as Autumnal Equinox while known as Spring in the South.
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September Equinox is marked as the beginning of the spring season. During this period, the sun passes through the equator from the South to North. The North Pole starts tilting towards the Sun. The date for the autumn equinox fluctuates between 22-23 September. In the Southern hemisphere, it is called as autumn equinox and Spring in the south.
Celebrations during March Equinox
The March equinox helps the dates for the Jewish Passover and Easter. Easter is a Christian festival celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ. People celebrate it by Easter eggs also known as Paschal eggs. They are chicken eggs that are beautifully decorated that symbolize fertility and rebirth. Several traditional games like egg hunts, egg rolling, egg dancing are celebrated and participated by many.
Balancing Eggs… sounds insane?
According to the Chinese traditions, it is assumed that balancing eggs on March Equinox is a symbol for prosperity and good luck. It is predicted by many people that only on this day the egg can perfectly balance on its ends.
An ancient Chinese tradition calls for balancing eggs, a symbol of fertility, on the day of the March Equinox for good luck and prosperity. It is a myth that this day of the year the egg can perfectly be balanced on its end. Many people try this blindly, but the truth is that it can be balanced everyday.
Iranian New Year takes place during the March Equinox that lasts for 12 days. In Japan, Higan is celebrated. It is a week of Buddhist services. While the day is also scheduled as Earth Day (March 20), for some organizations the Earth day takes place on 22nd March.
Tips to Celebrate Vernal Equinox 2018
New Year Celebrations in Asia
Many countries like India, Iran, Turkey celebrate the New Year during the spring equinox. There are several other celebrations that are observed during this equinox. The Jewish Passover or the Easter is celebrated during this period.
A Trip to Mexico
Have a look at one of the 7 Wonders of the World, the Chichen Itza along with the ancient Mayan pyramid and the EL Catillo is a good place to hang out this March. During this equinox the northwest corner of the pyramid casts a series of triangular shadows that is a must watch natural phenomenon.
A Family Reunion
The Japanese celebrate this by visiting their hometowns and spending quality time with their family and friends. They also pay tribute to their ancestral graves. It is a homecoming time for all living away from their native place due to employment etc.
World Storytelling day
In the north, March 20th is celebrated as the World Storytelling Day while the south experiences the autumn equinox. Spend some quality time with your children and tell them a beautiful story of your life struggles. Give them a good lesson of life.
The Middle Eastern countries like Egypt, Saudi, Iraq, Arabia etc dedicate a day to their mothers. May 13 is observed as Mother’s day. Remember your mother and make her feel special. Thank her for dedicating her whole life nurturing and caring for you.
A short trip to Stonehenge
Huge visitors rush to Stonehenge located in England to experience the morning sunrise reflecting its rays over a group of circularly arranged giant stones. Several people visit this megalithic monument during solstices and equinoxes.
Tips to Celebrate Autumnal Equinox 2018
It is the time when the leaves change their colors and fall, making place for a new leaves to grow. With this the human mind needs to brush up all the past nightmares and build enthusiasm for a new start. Open your mind to create, explore something new!
- Clean the house and make space for new things relating to the seasons.
- Prepare creative nature relating painting or craft or decorate your house for a different look.
- Take resolutions or create a list of trips or plans for some family time.
- Visit a local farm and buy fresh seasonal fruits and vegetable, call some friends or neighbors for lunch or dinner and celebrate.
- Wake up early for a good walk or yoga sessions.
- Bonfires are the best option to celebrate the equinox. Invite or Attend bonfires with your family or friends.
The dates for Equinox 2018 have already seen revealed. The Autumnal Equinox is celebrated on 23rd September while 20th March is observed as Vernal Equinox. While in the last year, Vernal Equinox was observed on 20th March and Autumnal Equinox on 22nd September. Hope the above tips will give you ideas to celebrate equinox 2018.