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In this the Jews and Christians were like pretty much every culture on Earth that has celebrated the vernal equinox around this time of year—birth and rebirth, spring from winter.
Twice a year, during the spring and fall equinoxes, the rising and setting sun lines up with Chicago’s east-west street grid, creating spectacular photo opportunities.
For most people, the equinox simply heralds a changing of the seasons.
The astronomical marker of the season, the vernal equinox, is today, March 20, at 11:15 a.m. CDT.
The vernal equinox is far less controversial than another marker of spring in the U.S.: daylight saving time.
The Council ruled that Easter would be held on the Sunday following the fourteenth day of the Passover moon - the moon that appears on or after the vernal equinox.
Leaving aside the complexities of a Rube Goldberg storm scenario featuring multiple moving parts, accumulating snow would confront significant seasonal obstacles, not the least of which is the occurrence of the vernal equinox on Tuesday.
But for many ancient cultures across the Americas, equinoxes were something more: a time for celebration, sacrifice, and migration.
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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.
Origin and Etymology of equinox
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Definition of equinox for English Language Learners
: a day when day and night are the same length
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