Happy First Day of Spring! Along with the first signs of green and blooms to come, there are always fun and games springing up around Dirigo Pines. Quiz yourself or quiz your friends and test your springtime knowledge…
- Walking about Dirigo Pines, which flower will you see bloom first?
- The first day of spring is called the:
- Vernal equinox
- Autumnal equinox
- Hot Springs National Park is located in which state?
- True or False: Equinoxes are the two days per year in which the length of day and night are the same.
- Who coined the phrase “Hope springs eternal”?
- William Shakespeare
- Jane Austen
- Alexander Pope
- True or False: You can only balance an egg on its end during an equinox?
- On the first day of spring, the sun…
- Crosses the Celestial Equator
- Is closest to the Earth
- Crosses the Tropic of Cancer
And a Bonus Question: How many holidays can you name that occur in spring? One point for each holiday you can name!
- A. Crocus, daffodils and tulips are some of the first blooms you’ll spot around Dirigo Pines.
- B. The vernal equinox marks the first day of spring, the autumnal equinox marks the first of autumn. The summer and winter solstices mark the first days of summer and winter.
- B. Known for its 47 thermal springs, Hot Springs National Park is the nation’s oldest, predating Yellowstone by 40 years.
- True. The spring and fall equinoxes are the two moments in the year when the Sun is exactly above the Equator and day and night are of equal length.
- C. “Hope Springs Eternal” is a phrase from the Alexander Pope poem An Essay on Man.
- False. Standing an egg on its end is something just about anyone can do any day of the year; the feat simply takes the right egg and a little trial and practice. Eggs, a symbol of fertility and birth, have long been associated with the beginning of spring — hence the superstition.
- A. The celestial equator wraps the sky directly above Earth’s equator. At the equinox, the sun crosses the celestial equator.
Bonus: Possible answers include: Easter, Palm Sunday, Good Friday, Passover, April Fool’s Day, Earth Day, Arbor Day, Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, Flag Day, Father’s Day, Cinco De Mayo, and Holi (festival of colors in India).