Did you know that at exactly 5:58 pm tonight we will officially be in Spring? Seems like it should be a bigger deal, doesn't it? So how does Spring come at such a precise time? It's because astrologically speaking, Spring officially begins when the Earth moves into a position where the power of the sun is focused directly on the Equator.
You are probably familiar with the Summer Solstice in June (longest day of the year) and the Winter Solstice in December (shortest day of the year). The Vernal Equinox is the exact midpoint between those 2 days. If you have ever seen an image of the Earth at night (sorry flat earthers) you have seen the line where sunlight ends and darkness begins. During the Spring Equinox, this line is exactly perpendicular to the equator. The word equinox comes from the Latin Aequus, meaning "equal", and Nox, meaning "night".
So next time someone asks, "What the hell is the Vernal Equinox?"....now you know
Various cultures around the world have celebrated the Vernal Equinox as a symbol of resurrection and new life. The Pagans celebrated the feast of Eostre where they marked the return of the goddess of Spring with a feast featuring representations of eggs and rabbits which were images of fertility. Sound familiar?