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The vernal equinox is the astrological new year, so pop the bubbly and celebrate this fresh start.
The darkest night sky will be with the New Moon on March 17, and also of note is the vernal equinox here in North America on March 20, the beginning of spring and the time that the day and night hours are roughly the same.
The length of day and night are equal on the fall equinox, which is one of two annual equinoxes when the sun sits directly above the equator.
But before Christianity, there was a pagan holiday that also fell around the time of the March equinox, a festival for the Germanic fertility goddess Eastre or Eostre.
Passover begins on the first full moon after the spring equinox.
March 20 is the vernal -- or spring -- equinox, or the first day of astronomical spring.
Each year, on the midpoint between the winter solstice and the spring equinox, members of the clergy would bless and distribute candles needed to get people through the remaining winter days.
Because Christ's death and resurrection happened after the Jewish Passover, which is celebrated on the first full moon after the equinox, early Christians wanted Easter to always take place following Passover, according to ThoughtCo.
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equinox and the Seasons
Equinox descends from aequus, the Latin word for "equal," and nox, the Latin word for "night"—a fitting history for a word that describes days of the year when the daytime and nighttime are equal in length. In the northern hemisphere, the vernal equinox marks the first day of spring and occurs when the sun moves north across the equator. (Vernal comes from the Latin word ver, meaning "spring.") The autumnal equinox marks the first day of autumn in the northern hemisphere and occurs when the sun crosses the equator going south. In contrast, a solstice is either of the two moments in the year when the sun's apparent path is farthest north or south from the equator.
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