March 20, 2012
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Today is the first day of spring, when day and night are of almost equal length. The vernal equinox has been observed as a holiday in many cultures. In Japan it is a national holiday, a time for families to visit graves of loved ones and to hold family gatherings. Egypt has celebrated the vernal equinox since as far back as 2700 B.C. In some Middle Eastern countries it marks the beginning of a two-week festival. In Payson, we may take note of the occasion by cleaning up after our weekend snowstorm!