Seasons beginning March 1
In Denmark, spring begins on March 1, while in Australia autumn begins on March 1. Meterological spring in the Northern Hemisphere, also begins on March 1, as meterological autumn in the Southern Hemisphere, also begins on March 1.
So, it seems today, we can celebrate not only the first day of spring, but also, the first day of autumn. It is a hokey-pokey kind of day. Just imagine spring and autumn; put them in and out, and shake them all about. It works for me.
Wikipedia continues with this piece of information I did not know.
Year Beginning March 1
If one begins each year on March 1, then each date will have the same day number in this year, regardless of whether it is a leap year or not (e.g. December 25 is always day 300). This is due to the fact that the Gregorian and Julian calendars are based on the old Roman Calendar, which had March 1 as the first day of the year. The addition of the leap day of February 29 (which is what causes the days of leap years to fall on different day numbers) is a continuation of the February placement of the old Roman calendar's Mensis Intercalaris (a shortened extra month inserted to bring the 355 day long calendar into rough alignment with the seasons).
So, it seems we can also celebrate today as New Years Day! I look out and see the hills, trees, and sky as new. Yes, today, feels like a new year to me!! Happy New Years, Spring, and Autumn to You!!