Happy Spring! Just a few days ago, on March 20th, it was the first full day of Spring, or as it is called in some parts of the world, the Vernal Equinox. Which you may or may not know that all that means is that today is a day where there is an equal amount of light and dark and from here on out the days will be longer than the nights, until that time in the summer when we are sitting outside still at 9pm in the light and every parent is fighting with their child(res) to go to sleep.
There are some major ways that people around the world mark the beginning of Spring. Firstly, it is a celebration of new beginnings and new life. Have you ever stopped to think about why bunnies and rabbits are the symbol of easer or Spring? Because ever since ancient times, rabbits and bunnies have been a symbol of fertility and rebirth and of course, as everyone knows, they are prolific breeders, having large litters born in early Spring.
Many cultures celebrate both Easter and Passover. In Japan, the anticipation of the cherry blossoms and the nation is turned hot pink with the arrival of Spring and the “Sakura” or cherry blossoms.
The Hindu festival of Holi is celebrated on the vernal equinox. Observed traditional in India and Nepal, in the Internet-age, has become popular around the world. This colorful celebration begins with a bonfire, where people all gather to dance and sing in preparation for the next day’s colored party throwing party. It is a riot of color and symbolizes the victory of good over evil in the beginning of Spring and the end of Winter.
In America, this time of year marks an exciting time for most young people, Spring Break! Enjoyed mostly by college students off to beaches around the country and world, it is often marked by access and a little too much partying.
How is the arrival of Spring celebrated where you are from? Stay tuned to the blog for a post about traditional foods eaten at Easter from around the globe.