March Equinox in Panama ― Date, History, and Details
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History of March Equinox in Panama and How to Celebrate/ Observe It
The March Equinox occurs every year on March 20th in Panama. This is the day when the sun is directly over the equator and day and night are of equal length. The word “equinox” comes from the Latin words for “equal night”.
On this day, the sun rises exactly in the east and sets exactly in the west. This happens because the Earth’s axis is tilted neither towards nor away from the sun. The tilt is what causes seasons. When the Earth’s axis is tilted towards the sun, it is summer in Panama. When the Earth’s axis is tilted away from the sun, it is winter in Panama.
The March Equinox is a special day for many cultures around the world. It is the first day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere and the first day of autumn in the Southern Hemisphere. For Panama, it is the start of the dry season.
During the equinox, the sun shines directly on the equator. This makes the day and night of equal length all over the world. But Panama is in the Southern Hemisphere, so the sun shines directly on the country for only part of the day. The rest of the day, the sun is to the north of Panama.
This means that, even though the day and night are of equal length, the amount of daylight Panama gets on the equinox is less than the amount of daylight the country gets on the summer solstice, the longest day of the year.