March Equinox Trivia and Answers

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 ...

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The concept of promoting and measuring an entire locality's happiness level is known as what?

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Answer: Gross National Happiness
More information: The Buddhist kingdom of Bhutan is responsible for this development - Gross National Happiness - which has been adopted in various countries and cities around the world and laid the foundation for the International Day of Happiness.

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The Happiness Development Movement, which eventually led to the establishment of the International Day of Happiness, began in which year?

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Answer: 1972
More information: The Happiness Development Movement began in 1972 through a philosophy introduced by the king of Bhutan, the same country that initiated the resolution which led to the establishment of the International Day of Happiness.

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Which is the official website of the International Day of Happiness?

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Answer: happinessday.org
More information: The HappinessDay.org website is managed by the United Nations in conjunction with Jayme Illien, founder of the International Day of Happiness.

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In what city did the 2019 World Happiness Summit take place?

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Answer: Miami
More information: Since its inception in 2017, the World Happiness Summit has taken place annually in Miami, Florida.

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In Arab countries such as Egypt, Jordan and Syria, which other holiday shares the same date as the March equinox?

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Answer: Mother's Day
More information: 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.

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Which solar phenomenon occurs during equinoxes which causes disruptions in communications' satellites?

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Answer: Sun Outages
More information: 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.

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Which country ranked dead last out of the 156 surveyed for the UN's 2018 World Happiness Report?

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Answer: Burundi
More information: The African nation of Burundi, largely due to its issues with poverty and violence, holds the unenviable position of coming in last on the 2018 World Happiness Report.

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The purpose of the International Day of Happiness is to promote happiness as well as what other beneficial aspect of life?

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Answer: Well-being
More information: UN resolution 66/281 recognized well-being as a universal goal and aspiration alongside happiness.

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In which constellation does the sun appear to reside in during the March equinox?

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Answer: Pisces
More information: 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.

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In which direction does the sun cross the equator during the March equinox?

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Answer: North
More information: The sun travels northward across the equator (from south to north) during the March equinox, while it does the opposite during its autumnal counterpart.



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