KidsView  | The Adventist Review for kids and those who always will be kids at heart | March 2017

Fun Facts About: Spring!

  • The first day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere of the earth is the first day of fall in the Southern Hemisphere.
  • Kids actually grow faster in the spring than in other times of the year.
  • Spring flowers are usually lilacs, irises, lilies, tulips, daffodils, and dandelions.
  • The first day of spring is called the vernal equinox. The two words are Latin. Vernal means spring. Equinox means “equal night.” Put together it actually makes sense because the “vernal equinox” is when the sun’s center crosses the earth’s equator and night and day are the same length all over the earth. This happens twice a year—once in the spring and once in the fall.
  • In Japan, cherry blossoms blooming signals the start of spring, though that can happen anytime in March or April.
  • The first day of spring marks the beginning of Nowruz, which is the Persian new year. It is celebrated in Iran, the northern Caucasus, Kurdish parts of Turkey and Iraq, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, and other populations in central Asia.
  • Though spring is usually March 20 or 21, meteorological spring (spring for people who study the weather) begins March 1, when average temperatures increase a bit.
  • During spring migration, bird feeders are a really useful source of food for traveling birds.
  • December is thought of as the most popular time to get engaged, but late spring (June) is one of the most popular times to get married.
  • Honeybees swarm quite a bit in the spring. This helps them start new colonies from old ones, but don’t worry! Swarming honeybees are actually the friendliest they will be all year.