The Syrup Secret

Marking Winter’s end
Rahman Mohamed
Updated April 8, 2017

SunThe start of Spring is often marked on March 20; it’s usually the time of the Spring Equinox; day and night are of equal length.  Because the Earth is tilted the length of all days and night aren’t the same year-round.  After the Spring Equinox the days get longer until the start of Summer on June 20, the Summer Solstice; the Summer Solstice is the day of the year the Earth sees the most sunlight.  After that the Earth sees less daylight.  On the Fall Equinox, September 22, day and night are again of equal length; Fall begins.  Nights then start to get longer until the Winter Solstice, the day of the year with the least daylight, December 21 when Winter begins.  The dates of the solstices and equinoxes aren’t always the same but the season starts are.

Maple Syrup bottleSome mark the start of spring on March 20.  Others mark it on Nowruz, March 21.  In Canada Nowruz is celebrated but the start of Spring is more often marked by the maple harvest.

Many believe Canada only has two seasons but it does see all solstices and equinoxes.  To mark the start of spring and fall (the end of winter and the approaching winter) there are harvests.  The Fall Harvest includes wheat, potash, corn, and other common agriculture.  The Spring Harvest is start of the creation of maple syrup.  In Canada if you’ve never tasted maple syrup on pancakes you’re not Canadian.
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Happy Nowruz: A New Year has Now Begun

An official UN holiday celebrated by people around the world
Rahman Mohamed

 

Google First Day of Spring Doodle - End

Google Doodle, first day of spring

 

Nowruz is a holiday celebrated annually on March 21 internationally.  It’s the first full day after the “vernal equinox, [and] is celebrated as the beginning of the new year by more than 300 million people all around the world”.  As the first official day of spring it’s a holiday that goes back over 3,000 years in the Balkans, the Black Sea Basin, the Caucasus, Central Asia, and the Middle East, now spreading to Europe and North America.  In 2010 the UN declared March 21 International Day of Nowruz.

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