For many people the equinox traditionally marks the first day of spring. This year is the earliest that the March equinox has been since 1896 and Doughty Groundsmen the world over are remarking on the earliness of the season. But it gets better for Doughty Groundsmen. This year the official astronomical lengths of the seasons are
Winter: 88.994 days
Spring: 92.758 days
Summer: 93.651 days
|The equinox at Stonehenge|
The spring equinox is associated with many pagan festivities. In times gone by there would have been blood sacrifices which nowadays are only associated with Old Firm football matches in Glasgow. But the equinox is still marked as the New Year Festival - Nowruz - in a number of countries including Iran.
|Some people enjoy egg balancing|
Will the earliest equinox since 1896 herald a good cricketing summer? In 1896 Australia toured England playing an astonishing 34 First Class matches including 3 Tests. And modern players complain of too much cricket.............. England won the Ashes despite going into the decider at the Oval without their best bowlers following their strike action - for the full story see FB's previous post here. Ranjitsinhji was the leading batsman of the season and made 154 on his Test debut. He was a real egg balancer.
FB wishes his world wide readership successful egg balancing.