Spring is springing, the grass is rizzing!
But which Spring is springing? The astronomical Spring? The meteorological Spring?
This is when, owing to the Earth’s tilt in relation to its rotation around the sun, the length of a day and a night is equal. This is also known as the vernal equinox and it occurred on 20 March 2023.
This is largely a ‘social construct’ (an idea/concept that has been created and generally accepted by a group of people) in which the seasons are divided into four equal lengths of three months that coincide with our (Gregorian) calendar. Consequently, meteorological Spring always begins on 1 March (in the northern hemisphere).
British Summer Time
For many of us, the start of British Summer Time (BST) signals the start of Spring – the clocks spring forward one hour and the days seem longer. Psychologically we can feel like we’re leaving the darker nights of the winter behind as we move forwards towards new growth, enjoying the daffodils and other Spring flowers. BST (another largely ‘social construct’) always begins on the last Sunday in March during the early morning. This year it began on 1am on 26 March.