Equinox and Solstice Dates 2011 - 2013

The Spring and Autumn Equinoxes are the times that day and night are exactly equal. Solstices are when there is the greatest disparity between night and day. Note that in the southern hemisphere Spring and Autumn Equinoxes and Summer and Winter Solstices are exchanged for each other.

2011

Spring Equinox

March 20

23:21

Summer Solstice

June 21

17:16

Autumn Equinox

September 23

09:04

Winter Solstice

December 22

05:30

2012

Spring Equinox

March 20

05:14

Summer Solstice

June 20

23:09

Autumn Equinox

September 22

14:49

Winter Solstice

December 21

11:11

20013

Spring Equinox

March 20

11:02
Summer Solstice

June 21

05:04
Autumn Equinox

September 22

20:44
Winter Solstice

December 21

17:11

2014

Spring Equinox

March 20

16:57
Summer Solstice

June 21

10:51
Autumn Equinox

September 23

02:29
Winter Solstice

December  21

23:03

2015

Spring Equinox

March 20

22:45

Summer Solstice

June 21

16:38

Autumn Equinox

September 23

08:20

Winter Solstice

December 22

04:48

Nuruz - The Persian New Year - Occurs on the Spring Equinox, the next one occurs at 11:02 on March 20th. 2013

Easter 2013:- March 31st. Easter Sunday is the first Sunday after the full moon following the vernal equinox.

Yule, Samhain, Imbolc - Winter Solstice, or Yule is celebrated in Celtic/Galician and Germanic societies, also marked Midsummer and the Spring Equinox and Quarter days; days midpoint between the equinoxes and solstices.

Samhain - which was christianised to become Halloween - was the start of the year in Celtic/Galician societies. Imbolc was one of the fire festivals, midway between Yule and the Spring Equinox; it was generally regarded as a ladies' event where respect was shown to womanhood.

The above intermediate points between solstices and equinoxes can be taken as the points in the calendar and are to be taken as the start and end dates for the four seasons.

Yuill - Winter Solstice
Imbolc - 2nd February
Ostara - 19-22nd March
Beltane - 1st May
Midsummer 19th-23rd June
Lughnasadh - 1st August
Mabon 21st-24th September
Samhain - 1st November

 

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