POSTPONED: SCO’s 2020 Spring Equinox Day of Prayer

February 19, 2020

What is the Spring Equinox, and why should we celebrate it?

Spring is a time of rebirth, renewal, and a time of transition to let go of the old and plant new seeds. The spirit awakens from the cold of winter and seeks nourishment on many levels, as the warmth of the sun awakens those spirits within us. The increase in daylight hours warms us as it propels us make changes and move forward. It is about finding a way to exist in our reality as a new chapter begins.

While the spring equinox is celebrated and marked differently between cultures, observing the movements of the sun and moon and our connection to them creates a mutual awareness of the seasons, and for Indigenous peoples, one that reveres women, birth, and renewal.

The Spring Equinox (also known as the “vernal equinox”, or March Equinox) marks the beginning of spring in the Northern Hemisphere, when the sun moves north across the celestial equator. The word equinox originated in Latin, and means “equality of night and day.” The equinox occurs at two specific moments in time when the sun is directly above the equator. The 2020 Spring Equinox in Winnipeg will occur at precisely 10:49 p.m. on March 19, 2020.

Southern Chiefs’ Organization would like to invite folks from all Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities, organizations, religious denominations, and cultural groups. The 2020 SCO Spring Equinox Day of Prayer will be celebrated March 19, 2020 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at The Forks in the Oodena Celebration Circle. You are invited to come out and pray with us—hot beverages will be served!

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