Spring is upon us and our world is greening up....unless you live up North where a prolonged winter has been an issue. Never fear Northern friends the snow will melt and those first flowers will bloom!
If you have a son, daughter, grand kids or someone special in your life give them a glimmer of hope and take a moment to enlighten them with a fun fact about Spring time!
1. The equinox (‘equal night’) is the day when the center of the Sun is visible for exactly 12 hours.
2. That is not the same as the ‘equinox’ (equal light) when there are 12 hours of daylight from the Sun’s first appearance and its going down.
3. Commonly we think of March, April and May as the spring months, but astronomically, spring officially begins on the spring equinox.
4. The spring and autumn equinoxes are the only days when the Sun rises directly due east and sets due west in the northern hemisphere.
5. Persephone was the Greek goddess of spring. She spent winters as Queen of the Underworld but returned in spring to preside over rebirth.
6. We have used the word ‘spring’ for the season since the 16th century. Before that it was used for centuries to apply to the source of a river.
7. The Slatina spring in Slovenia is alleged to have been discovered by the mythological winged horse Pegasus.
8. Before we called it spring this season was known as Lent or Lenten.
9. The earliest known use of the term ‘spring-cleaning’ was in 1857.
10. “You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep Spring from coming" (Pablo Neruda).
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