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VER­NAL EQUINOX

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THE VER­NAL (OR SPRING) EQUINOX, WHICH OC­CURS AN­NU­ALLY ON EI­THER 19, 20 OR 21 MARCH IN THE NORTH­ERN HEMI­SPHERE, IS, AC­CORD­ING TO MANY, THE OF­FI­CIAL START OF SPRING­TIME. OVER THE YEARS, A NUM­BER OF UN­USUAL TRA­DI­TIONS HAVE DE­VEL­OPED TO MARK THE OC­CA­SION: IN SOME RU­RAL AR­EAS, A CLEANS­ING DAN­DE­LION AND BURDOCK COR­DIAL IS DRUNK, WHILE IN OTH­ERS, THE STORY GOES THAT DUR­ING THE EQUINOX IT IS POS­SI­BLE TO BAL­ANCE AN EGG ON ITS NAR­ROW END. EACH YEAR, PAGANS, CHRIS­TIANS AND TOURISTS ALIKE ALSO GATHER AT STONE­HENGE IN WILT­SHIRE TO CEL­E­BRATE. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit english-her­itage.org.uk.

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