Spring Day 2020

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While the southern hemisphere tends to ‘celebrate’ Spring on 1 September, the season doesn’t actually start (according to nature’s calendar) until the Vernal Equinox.

SPRING EQUINOX EXPLAINED

The date changes slightly every year and takes place when the plane (extended indefinitely in all directions) of Earth’s equator passes through the centre of the Sun.

WHY SOUTH AFRICA CELEBRATES “SPRING DAY” ON 1 SEPTEMBER

It’s pretty simple. Basically, for simplicity. Back in 1780 an international group of meteorologists decided to break the year up into four quarters, each one starting on the first of a month.

SPRING DAY CELEBRATIONS AROUND THE WORLD

While we sing silly songs in South Africa, the day is celebrated in some unique ways around the world. AccuWeather has a list of some of the celebrations, which includes things like a flower festival in Australia, cherry blossom delights in Japan and the drowning of the Marzanna in Poland. According to AccuWeather :

A doll, usually made of straw, is made to symbolize the cold, dreary winter. The dolls are then paraded through the street as crowds make their way to a river or other body of water.

Deputy Head boy, Joshua Sunil, highlights the importance of Spring Day which marks the beginning of Spring.
Grade 7 student, Mbalenhle recites a beautiful poem entitled ‘Spring’ in front of her classmates.

Despite the restrictive outdoor activities due to COVID-19 protocols and rainy weather, our grade sevens made the initiative commemorate the first day of Spring with posters, poems and constructive discussions.

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