Things might appear dark and gloomy because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but the astronomical calendar couldn’t care less. The vernal equinox, when days and nights are roughly the same length, arrives tonight, March 19, at 11:50, the earliest first day of spring in 124 years.
Spring brings rebirth and rejuvenation as plants and animals emerge from their long winter’s nap or quiet time. It’s a time of renewal, rebirth and fertility. For farmers and gardeners, it’s a time for planting. It brings hope for better times to come.
Since ancient times, people around the globe have celebrated this time when the sun tips the scales against darkness. Jews celebrate Passover, Christians celebrate Easter, and world religions across the globe mark religious observations and festivals.
Even though the coronavirus has turned life upside down, and everyone must practice social distancing to prevent the present of the deadly virus, we can still go outdoors for recreation and inspiration.
Visit the Aspetuck Land Trust for a list of preserves and outdoor events, even if all inside gatherings are temporarily cancelled.
Read more here about the astronomical calendar and why spring comes so early this year when the first day of spring is usually March 20 or 21.
Spring has sprung. Go out and enjoy it!