The vernal, or spring equinox, marks the first day of spring in the northern hemisphere. This year it fell on March 20th.

We celebrate this in England with a nonsense poem

Spring has sprung
The grass has ris
I wonder where the birdies is?

Sprung is the past tense of the verb ‘spring’, like we would spring, or trigger a trap.

Ris is short for risen.

Birdies are birds, and of course plural, but ‘is’ is used to rhyme with ‘ris’ and for comic effect.

Happy spring!








Happy spring!