Today is the first day of spring 2020! Called the March equinox or vernal equinox, it is the season of new beginnings. Traditionally celebrated on March 21, spring of 2020, according to the Farmers Almanac, is the earliest Vernal (Spring) Equinox, to have occurred since 1896. The term Vernal translates to “new” and “fresh,” and what that means is that our hours of daylight grow slightly longer each day since the Winter Solstice in December, ( the shortest day of the year -in terms of light). The vernal equinox marks the turning point when daylight begins to win out over darkness.
The advent of spring this year probably feels very different for most of us. Usually, I’m super excited about the spring equinox, but due to the condition that we find ourselves in with COVID-19 find it difficult to get excited. With longer days and warmer weather, it’s usually the time that I, along with many other people, begin to unfurl from the cold dark winter, attack spring cleaning chores, take long-awaited spring break and vacations, and plan summer outings and events. Instead, many of us find ourselves, unfortunately, with the majority of the world in quarantine or under restrictions. It helps to think of spring and daylight winning over darkness.
While provided with this unexpected, indefinite interruption to day-to-day life and activities, it’s an excellent time to just chill! We can use this downtime to recharge, rethink, reflect, and appreciate what’s important. Spring of 2020 will no doubt be recorded as the year that COVID-19 brought the world to its knees. But just like winter, darkness gives way to the light of spring; we must find a way to look forward to the brighter days that will prevail and welcome spring!