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 ...
The "Small Smurfs Big Goals" campaign was launched in 2017, in which characters from the "Smurfs: the Lost Village" animated feature teamed up with the UN to promote International Happiness Day.
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.
The HappinessDay.org website is managed by the United Nations in conjunction with Jayme Illien, founder of the International Day of Happiness.
Answer: Summer Solstice
The June or Summer solstice is considered to generally mark the end of Spring and signal the beginning of Summer.
Answer: Gross National Happiness
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.
Answer: Pharrell Williams
Pharrell Williams, in collaboration with the United Nations, promoted the International Day of Happiness in 2014. He did the same in 2015, which featured him giving a speech in front of the UN General Assembly.
Under resolution 66/281, the General Assembly of the United Nations officially proclaimed 20 March the International Day of Happiness on 12 July 2012.
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 autumnal equinox occurs in September and marks the beginning of the Fall season (in the Northern Hemisphere).
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.