It's an astronomical event, it's day of festivity since antiquity and and international day. How much do you really know about it? Let's put your knowledge to the test ...
Answer: Sun Outages
Sun outages occur before the vernal equinox in the Northern Hemisphere and after the vernal equinox in the Southern Hemisphere. This is due to satellites being directly positioned between the Earth and the sun.
This resolution was put forth by the Kingdom of Bhutan, a landlocked country located in South Asia.
Answer: March Equinox
Though there are variations, the March equinox generally occurs on 20 March, with International Happiness Day adopting this date due to that event.
The sun passes directly over the Earth's equator during an equinox.
Answer: Summer Solstice
The June or Summer solstice is considered to generally mark the end of Spring and signal the beginning of Summer.
Answer: Mother's Day
Beginning in 1956, Mother's Day has been observed on the same date as the vernal equinox in many Arab countries due to the clear association between motherhood and fertility/Spring.
The March equinox is known as Nowruz in some parts of Europe and Asia and marks the beginning of the calendar year, specifically in places like Iran.
Answer: Towards the Sun
The Northern Hemisphere starts to tilt toward the sun during its vernal equinox, which results in warmer temperatures and thus brings about the Spring season from Winter.
Answer: Ban Ki-Moon
Korea's Ban Ki-moon was Secretary-General of the United Nations from 2007 to 2016 and strongly supported International Happiness Day during its inception.
Currently, the sun appears to be within the constellation Pisces during the vernal equinox. However, due to shifts in the Earth's axis this changes every few thousand years, so in 2597 during the March equinox, it will instead appear to be part of Aquarius.