SPRING has officially started. The days are getting longer, the flowers are blooming and Easter is on its way.
What causes spring?
The vernal equinox is what causes the different seasons and occurs due to the tilt of the earth in relation to the sun.
During the summer, the northern hemisphere is tilted towards the sun, and more light falls on this side of the planet.
The spring equinox is when the Earth is at the turning point in which neither of the earths poles are titled towards the sun, therefore the sun spends an equal amount of time above and below the horizon worldwide.
For the UK, this marks the start of longer days because the clocks are changing.
Although there will be more sun, people will also be getting one less hour of sleep on Sunday, as the clocks go forward one hour at the start of British Summer Time (BST).
The change brings on many different traditions around the world, such as egg balancing (attempting to balance an egg on its end) and the ‘Festival of Colours’ (Holi), which is celebrated by tossing brightly coloured powered at one another.
The traditions don’t just stop there though, since ancient Italy the Equinox is symbolic of rebirth, celebrating plants coming back to life and beginning to flower. This occasion is now marked the start of Easter.
Easter is celebrated in the UK due to the resurrection of Jesus Christ, however, it is now also a sign of new life and new beginnings for many people.