Twice a year, around March 20th or 21st and September 22nd or 23rd, the sun shines directly on the equator and the length of day and night are nearly equal, in the Northern Hemisphere this is associated with Spring.
Spring Equinox 2012
This years Spring Equinox occurs on the 20th of March. Of course the changing of the seasons has been celebrated by different cultures throughout history. Modern Pagans continue to celebrate the coming of Spring. How they do so does differ but there tends to be certain points on which they agree.
Most Pagans associate the changes that are occurring in nature with the powers of the God and Goddess. During the Spring Equinox the God and the Goddess are often portrayed as The Green Man and Mother Earth.
The Green Man is born to Mother Earth during Yule and lives through the rest of the year until his death at Samhain on 31st October.
To celebrate the Spring Equinox some Pagans carry out particular rituals. Sometimes a woman and a man act out the roles of Spring God and Goddess, playing out courtship and symbolically planting seeds. Egg races, egg hunts, and egg painting are also traditional activities at this time. One thing is for sure Pagan or not, we will all relish the extra hours of daylight!
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