23 Sep '11, 5pm

Day & night are almost exactly the same length today, & other things you may not know about the autumnal equinox:

Day & night are almost exactly the same length today, & other things you may not know about the autumnal equinox:

Humans are not as seasonal as the Siberian hamster, but many cultures do celebrate the equinoxes. Pagans and Wiccans celebrate Mabon on the fall equinox, a thanksgiving ritual. The spring, or vernal, equinox is a national holiday both in Egypt and in Japan. During the French Revolution, the fall equinox even became the official start of a new year. The French monarchy was abolished the day before the equinox in 1972, so revolutionaries pegged the start of their new calendar to the autumnal equinox. The system lasted until 1805.

Full article: http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/climate-weather/stories/...

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