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March 2018 – March 2019

Mar
20
Tue
Vernal Equinox
Mar 20 all-day
Vernal Equinox ~ Have You Ever Wondered?
Mar 20 all-day

Science: Earth and Space

Have You Ever Wondered…?

  • What is the vernal equinox?
  • Is the vernal equinox on the same day in the northern and southern hemispheres?
  • Can you really balance an egg on end during the vernal equinox?

As Earth revolves around the Sun, there are two moments each year when the Sun is exactly above the equator. These moments — called equinoxes — occur around March 20 or 21 and September 22 or 23. Equinoxliterally means “equal night,” since the length of day and night is nearly equal in all parts of the world during the equinoxes.

The March equinox marks when the Northern Hemisphere starts to tilttoward the sun, which means longer, sunnier days. In the Northern Hemisphere, the March equinox is called the vernal equinox, because it signals the beginning of spring (vernal means fresh or new like the spring). The September equinox is called the autumnal equinox, because it marks the first day of fall (autumn).

When the Northern Hemisphere starts to tilt toward the sun in spring, the Southern Hemisphere starts to tilt away from the sun, signaling the start of fall. Thus, in the Southern Hemisphere, the March equinox is called the autumnal equinox, and the September equinox is called the vernalequinox.

People have celebrated the vernal equinox for centuries. For ancient cultures, the vernal equinox signaled that their food supplies would soon return. Early Egyptians even built the Great Sphinx so that it points directly toward the rising Sun on the day of the vernal equinox. In Christianity, the vernal equinox is significant, because Easter always falls on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the vernal equinox.

If you keep your eyes and ears open around the time of the vernal equinox, you’re likely to hear or see people talking about a magical phenomenonthat only occurs on that day. According to legend, the special astronomicalproperties of the vernal equinox make it possible to balance eggs on end.

So is there any truth to this popular legend? Nope! It’s actually possible to balance eggs on end on any day of the year. It just takes a lot of patienceand determination. There’s nothing magical about the vernal equinox that makes it any easier to balance an egg on end.

You might be wondering how such an interesting and widespread legend got started. No one knows for sure, but some believe the Chinese may have started the practice of balancing eggs on end during the vernal equinox. Given that day and night are balanced at the time of the vernal equinox, it’s possible that the Chinese chose a balanced egg as a symbolicrepresentation of this astronomical phenomenon.

Try It Out

Spring forward to find a few friends you can always fall back on! Ask them to help you explore one or more of the following fun activities:

  • If you’re more fascinated by the thought of balancing eggs on end, give it a try. Make sure you get your parents’ permission before giving egg-balancing a whirl on your kitchen counters. It’s not as easy as it looks. Take it slow and you’ll do fine! How many eggs can you balance? If you’re feeling eggs-tra inspired, try one of these egg-ceptional craft ideas:
  • Up for a challenge? Let’s say you just hit the lottery. You have a gazillion dollars in your bank account and you can do what you want, when you want, where you want. You want to never see Old Man Winter again. You don’t mind spring and you love summer. Your goal is to always be living, visiting or staying in a place where it’s spring or summer. Find a map of the world and plot out the places you’d go and when you’d go there, keeping in mind the dates of the equinoxes and what seasons these dates signal in different hemispheres. Have fun dreaming of the never-ending summer!
  • Does it feel like spring in your part of the world right now? Even if Old Man Winter is still hanging around, you can still get excited about the warmer weather to come with these crafts inspired by spring flowers:

 

Source: https://wonderopolis.org/wonder/what-is-the-vernal-equinox

 

May
1
Tue
Beltane & May 1st (May Day)
May 1 all-day

What is the Beltane Festival and how is it connected to May Day?

The Beltane festival is a living, dynamic reinterpretation and modernisation of an ancient Iron Age Celtic ritual and is the largest of its kind. Having been resurrected as a practice in 1988 it has become a central focus for our community, bringing many many people together to acknowledge and revel in the birth of the Summer and the fertility of the land. It is important to note that the purpose of our festival is not to recreate ancient practices but to continue in the spirit of our ancient forebears and create our own connection to the cycles of nature.

For more details, visit here: https://beltane.org/about/about-beltane/

May
15
Tue
Ramadan & Eid Al Fitr
May 15 all-day
Jun
21
Thu
Summer Solstice
Jun 21 all-day
Sep
21
Fri
International Day of Peace
Sep 21 all-day
Today is INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE!
 
Each year, International Day of Peace (World Peace Day) is observed around the world on Sept. 21. The United Nations General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples. Annually, HI USA has been joined by HI hostels around the world to host various events in celebration of promoting peace. If you can’t make it to one of our hostels on Sept. 21, don’t fret! Here are eight other ways you can celebrate the UN’s World Peace Day.
 
https://www.hiusa.org/about-us/hiusa-news/8-ways-to-participate-in-international-day-of-peace
Sep
22
Sat
Autumnal Equinox
Sep 22 all-day

Autumnal Equinox is today!

The autumnal (fall) equinox is the first day of the fall season.

As the earth travels around the Sun in it orbit, the north to south position of the sun changes over the course of the year due to the changing orientation of the earth’s tilted rotation axes. The dates of zero tilt of the earth’s equator correspond to the spring equinox and the autumn equinox.

Equinoxes occur when the axis of rotation of the earth (i.e. the line from the north to south poles) is exactly parallel to the direction of motion of the earth around the sun. This happens on just two days of the year, the spring and autumn equinoxes. This means that day length is exactly the same (12 hours) at all points on the earth’s surface on these days (except right at each pole, where it will be about to change from permanent light to dark, or vice versa).

Seasons are opposite on either side of the equator, so the equinox in September is known as the autumnal (fall) equinox in the northern hemisphere, and is considered the first day of fall. At the same moment in time in the southern hemisphere, it is known as the vernal (spring) equinox, and marks the first day of spring.

The September Equinox is around September 22-24 and night and day are nearly the same length. It’s the fall equinox in the Northern Hemisphere and Spring Equinox in the Southern Hemisphere.
Source: timeanddate.com
Autumnal Equinox
Sep 22 all-day
Mar
20
Wed
Vernal Equinox
Mar 20 all-day
Vernal Equinox ~ Have You Ever Wondered?
Mar 20 all-day

Science: Earth and Space

Have You Ever Wondered…?

  • What is the vernal equinox?
  • Is the vernal equinox on the same day in the northern and southern hemispheres?
  • Can you really balance an egg on end during the vernal equinox?

As Earth revolves around the Sun, there are two moments each year when the Sun is exactly above the equator. These moments — called equinoxes — occur around March 20 or 21 and September 22 or 23. Equinoxliterally means “equal night,” since the length of day and night is nearly equal in all parts of the world during the equinoxes.

The March equinox marks when the Northern Hemisphere starts to tilttoward the sun, which means longer, sunnier days. In the Northern Hemisphere, the March equinox is called the vernal equinox, because it signals the beginning of spring (vernal means fresh or new like the spring). The September equinox is called the autumnal equinox, because it marks the first day of fall (autumn).

When the Northern Hemisphere starts to tilt toward the sun in spring, the Southern Hemisphere starts to tilt away from the sun, signaling the start of fall. Thus, in the Southern Hemisphere, the March equinox is called the autumnal equinox, and the September equinox is called the vernalequinox.

People have celebrated the vernal equinox for centuries. For ancient cultures, the vernal equinox signaled that their food supplies would soon return. Early Egyptians even built the Great Sphinx so that it points directly toward the rising Sun on the day of the vernal equinox. In Christianity, the vernal equinox is significant, because Easter always falls on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the vernal equinox.

If you keep your eyes and ears open around the time of the vernal equinox, you’re likely to hear or see people talking about a magical phenomenonthat only occurs on that day. According to legend, the special astronomicalproperties of the vernal equinox make it possible to balance eggs on end.

So is there any truth to this popular legend? Nope! It’s actually possible to balance eggs on end on any day of the year. It just takes a lot of patienceand determination. There’s nothing magical about the vernal equinox that makes it any easier to balance an egg on end.

You might be wondering how such an interesting and widespread legend got started. No one knows for sure, but some believe the Chinese may have started the practice of balancing eggs on end during the vernal equinox. Given that day and night are balanced at the time of the vernal equinox, it’s possible that the Chinese chose a balanced egg as a symbolicrepresentation of this astronomical phenomenon.

Try It Out

Spring forward to find a few friends you can always fall back on! Ask them to help you explore one or more of the following fun activities:

  • If you’re more fascinated by the thought of balancing eggs on end, give it a try. Make sure you get your parents’ permission before giving egg-balancing a whirl on your kitchen counters. It’s not as easy as it looks. Take it slow and you’ll do fine! How many eggs can you balance? If you’re feeling eggs-tra inspired, try one of these egg-ceptional craft ideas:
  • Up for a challenge? Let’s say you just hit the lottery. You have a gazillion dollars in your bank account and you can do what you want, when you want, where you want. You want to never see Old Man Winter again. You don’t mind spring and you love summer. Your goal is to always be living, visiting or staying in a place where it’s spring or summer. Find a map of the world and plot out the places you’d go and when you’d go there, keeping in mind the dates of the equinoxes and what seasons these dates signal in different hemispheres. Have fun dreaming of the never-ending summer!
  • Does it feel like spring in your part of the world right now? Even if Old Man Winter is still hanging around, you can still get excited about the warmer weather to come with these crafts inspired by spring flowers:

 

Source: https://wonderopolis.org/wonder/what-is-the-vernal-equinox