Since ancient times the First Day of Spring has been an important day. It marks a change in temperatures and is also known as the vernal equinox. In the northern hemisphere, it is the emergence from the darkness of winter. For the southern hemisphere, the opposite is true and marks a time to begin preparation for rest.
In the Northern Hemisphere, the first day of spring marks the beginning of the growing season. As such, many consider this a chance of rebirth. It is compared to the beginnings of human life and offers the opportunity to change behaviors and begin anew. As the sun reaches an equal spot in the sky, it helps temperatures to rise. Taking a look at the Southern Hemisphere, the first day of spring has a different meaning. Instead of a season of growth, it marks a season of harvest and reaping. The long hard work of the growing season begins to wind down. The significance of the sun in the middle of the sky requires people to plan for the colder months. Clearing the fields and buying warmer clothing are common activities on this day.