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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In what city was the International Day of Happiness formally launched in 2013?

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Answer: New York
More information: The International Day of Happiness was launched in 2013 by Ndaba Mandela, the late Nelson Mandela's grandson and Chelsea Clinton, daughter of Bill and Hillary Clinton, at the TedXTeen conference in New York City.

Hard

Which country observes an official Vernal Equinox Day?

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Answer: Japan
More information: Vernal Equinox Day is a national holiday in Japan, which is marked by visiting the grave sites of relatives and holding family reunions.

Hard

In what year was the International Day of Happiness officially established?

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Answer: 2012
More information: Under resolution 66/281, the General Assembly of the United Nations officially proclaimed 20 March the International Day of Happiness on 12 July 2012.

Medium

Which astronomical celestial event generally occurs on the same date as the International Day of Happiness?

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Answer: March Equinox
More information: Though there are variations, the March equinox generally occurs on 20 March, with International Happiness Day adopting this date due to that event.

Medium

Which Christian holiday is directly related to the observance of the March equinox?

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Answer: Easter
More information: Easter is traditionally celebrated on the Sunday after the first full moon that occurs on or after the March equinox.

Hard

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.

Easy

Who was the UN General Secretary when International Happiness Day was established?

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Answer: Ban Ki-Moon
More information: 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.

VeryHard

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.

VeryHard

Which country initiated the UN resolution which led to the establishment of the International Day of Happiness?

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Answer: Bhutan
More information: This resolution was put forth by the Kingdom of Bhutan, a landlocked country located in South Asia.

Hard

Which country celebrates its New Year on the vernal equinox?

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Answer: Iran
More information: 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.



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