Vernal Equinox 2016 Dates |Timings | Definitions
Equinox is an astronomical event happening twice in a year; during spring season and secondly during fall. We have presented here a brief overview on Vernal Equinox 2016 and hope you all will find it very informative and interesting. Vernal Equinox will also be the first day of spring 2016. The spring season will make its onset on the day of Vernal or Spring Equinox. We have also posted interesting info on first day of winter and first day of fall. Our site will be guiding you to know the first days of all seasons and timings of all equinoxes and solstices. The two yearly equinoxes occur around 21st March and 23rd September with slight variations in dates according to the time zones of your city or country. However, the vernal equinox 2016 will be happening on 20th March 2016, Sunday at 4.31 UTC.
The Earth’s equator plane passes the center of the Sun on Equinox or the center of the sun is exactly overhead the Earth’s equator. The Earth’s tilt is 0 degree with respect to sun and hence the day and night duration is exactly same on the day of Vernal Equinoxes. The Vernal Equinox is also known as March Equinox in the Northern Hemisphere, while in Southern Hemisphere the March Equinox is a fall equinox. While the countries of Northern Hemisphere are having spring time, Australia, New Zealand, Chile, Argentina and South Africa are observing Autumnal Equinox in March. Even, Spring 2016 equinox was given before in case if you are looking to know the dates of it.
What is Vernal Equinox | Vernal Equinox in 2016
The term vernal might be bit confusing and ambiguous as it is derived from the two latin terms ver and autumnus; meaning spring and autumn. The reason is apparently the opposite seasonal changes in the different hemispheres of the earth.
Here are the timings and dates of the first day or spring or Vernal Equinox 2016 worldwide according to different time zones:
Northern Hemisphere Vernal Equinox 2016
(USA, Central America, Canada, Europe, Northern Africa and Asia)
- UTC: 20th March 2016, Sunday at 4.31 AM
- EST : 19th March 2016, Saturday at 11.30 PM
- CDT: 19th March 2016, Saturday at 11.31 PM
- MDT: 19th March 2016, Saturday at 10.31 PM
- PDT: 19th March 2016, Saturday at 09.31 PM
Spring is known as season of celebrations and best time for outdoors. It symbolizes the arrival of new beings, process of reproduction and re-birth. Read on further to know some interesting beliefs and celebrations associated with the first day of spring.
First Day of Spring 2016 – Northern Hemisphere | Southern Hemisphere
The definition of the first day of spring can be a regional one, astronomical or meteorological. The first day of spring 2016 (Northern Hemisphere) will begin on the day of vernal equinox i.e. on 20th March 2016. However the dates of the season start and end can differ according to the traditional regional beliefs. In the southern Hemisphere of the earth, Australia and New Zealand consider the 1st of September as beginning of the spring. In Ireland, 1st February is considered as beginning of spring season. It is the same day when Irish people celebrate St. Brigid’s Day. In some South Asian countries like India and others, the seasons are divided into six instead of four and hence the commencement of seasons does vary accordingly.
Speaking in astronomical terms, the vernal equinox 2016 mark the first day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere. According to meteorological term, the start of season is defined according to the average temperatures instead of astronomical occurrences.
Visit our site for more interesting facts and figures on the first days of all seasons; namely first day of spring 2016, first day of autumn, first day of winter 2015, equinoxes and solstices. We have also shared the dates and times of the equinox and solstice for different time zones in our posts. Seasons are significant part of our life and largely affect our mood, culture, beliefs, traditions and celebrations. The biggest celebration of Christianity observed during the Vernal equinox is the Easter feast which comes after the 40-45 days of lent season. Easter marks the end of fasting days and begins joy and celebrations for the rising of Lord Jesus after his crucifixion. Vernal Equinox 2016 will also bring time for celebrations in other religions and countries like egg balancing in China, Passover feast in Jewish culture, Higan in Japan, Navroz in Iran and many others. Do not forget to check firstdayof.org to get all the latest updates regarding dates of various occasions.