The arrival of spring never fails to raise our collective spirits, the beginning of warmer weather and longer daylight hours. Flowers bloom, leaves sprout, and birds sing with gusto.
According to The Old Farmer’s Almanac, spring 2014 arrives in the Northern Hemisphere on March 20 at 12:57 p.m. EDT. On the first day of spring – the vernal equinox – day and night are each approximately 12 hours long.
Spring has traditionally been a time to recharge the heart, mind and soul – and to welcome festivals, holidays and all manner of celebrations. Get caught up in the spirit of the season with our spring festivities quiz.
- Each spring, this U.S. city explodes with pink and white cherry blossoms. These trees were actually introduced into this city as a gift from Tokyo, Japan, in 1912, and it’s still commemorated today by an annual festival. Which U.S. city was given this gift?
- San Francisco, Calif.
- Seattle, Wash.
- Washington, D.C.
- Orlando, Fla.
- Flowers figure prominently in one of the most storied spring golfing events. Which flowering bush is associated with the Masters Golf Tournament in Augusta, Ga.?
- butterfly bush
- Carolina allspice
- Which major springtime sporting event kicks off the competition for horse racing’s famous Triple Crown?
- Kentucky Derby
- Malibu Stakes
- Breeders’ Cup
- Belmont Stakes
- Which April event promotes environmental awareness?
- Spring Solstice
- Polar Vortex
- Earth Day
- This springtime holiday was established in 1914 when President Woodrow Wilson signed a joint resolution of Congress recommending its observance. Which holiday is it?
- St. Patrick’s Day
- April Fool’s Day
- Mardi Gras
- Mother’s Day
- c. Washington, D.C. The National Cherry Blossom Festival blooms each year in March/April.
- b. azalea. This flowering bush has long been associated with the Masters tournament at Augusta National Golf Club. The 13th hole is called “Azalea” because of the 1,600 azalea bushes planted around it.
- a. The Kentucky Derby is one of springtime’s greatest sporting events and a major social event of the South. It’s often called “the fastest two minutes in sports.”
- d. Earth Day. April 22 has served as Earth Day since 1970, marking the beginning of the modern-day environmental movement.
- d. Mother’s Day. This May holiday traces its roots to England’s Mothering Sunday holiday, now celebrated in March. In the U.S., Mother’s Day dates to 1872 as a day dedicated to peace, in 1908 a campaign was initiated for national observance of the day.