02/04/2014 01:14 EST | Updated 02/04/2014 01:59 EST

When Is Spring?

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For those of you who are ready to leave winter behind, the official first day of spring is Thursday, March 20, 2014.

While the days of blooming flowers, an Easter long weekend and rainy weather are still over a month away, this past weekend two out of three groundhogs (Canada's Wiarton Willie and Pennsylvania's Punxsutawney Phil) both predicted six more weeks of winter. However, our personal favourite groundhog, Nova Scotia’s Shubenacadie Sam, predicted spring could come early this year.

The first day of spring, or the spring/vernal equinox, has about 12 hours of day and night (woo hoo). These light-filled hours can even start a few days before the actual beginning of the season, according to

An early spring is definitely something we all could use. Most of Canada experienced one of the harshest and coldest winters in recorded history, along with a North American polar vortex, so it's going to feel extra satisfying saying goodbye to winter boots and shovelling this year.

And in the spirit of putting away your winter things, we also know spring marks the season for spring cleaning. Giving your home a quick detox will not only benefit your health (and get rid of all those dust bunnies that can irritate spring allergies), you'll be able to donate things you don't want, find things you've been missing and clean the spots you ignored all winter.

What's your favourite thing about spring? Let us know in the comments below:

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