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Equinox

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An equinox is an astronomical phenomenon commonly regarded as the instant of time when Golarion's equator would, if extended outward as a plane, pass through the center of its sun; in other words, it is the moment at which the center of the visible sun is directly above the equator. In the northern hemisphere, the early equinox on the Absalom Reckoning calendar is called the vernal or spring equinox, and the late equinox is called the autumnal or fall equinox. The vernal equinox on the northern hemisphere is the autumnal equinox on the southern hemisphere, and vice versa.[1]

Several holidays on Golarion are celebrated on equinoxes, including the Chelish Days of Wrath on both equinoxes;[2] on the vernal equinox, the Gozren fertility celebration of Firstbloom,[3] First Cut in Falcon's Hollow,[4] and Planting Week for followers of Erastil;[3] and on the autumnal equinox, Erastil's Harvest Feast,[5] the Desnan Swallowtail Festival,[3] and the Festival of Night's Return in Nidal.[6]

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