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The return of spring

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WHEN the calendar tells us a new year has begun, Mother Nature is not slow in reminding us that she, too, is about to embark on another annual miracle -the return of spring.

Historically spring starts on the day of the vernal equinox, which usually occurs on the night of March 20/21.

Vernal originally comes from the Latin word for bloom and refers to the fact that, in the northern hemisphere, this equinox marks the end of winter and the beginning of spring. An equinox is a time when the nights are as long as the days and the vernal equinox is recognised the world over as the start of the new astrological cycle.

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