HOW TO CELEBRATE THE SPRING VERNAL EQUINOX
by Vsisodiya Design Collaborator
Many cultures celebrate spring festivals and holidays–like Easter and Passover–around the equinox. As an example, Easter always falls on the first Sunday after the first full moon that falls after the March Equinox.
SPRING EQUINOX CELEBRATION IDEAS
Below you will find spring equinox celebration ideas. Some of these suggestions are individual ways to celebrate while others can be done with family and friends. Create something meaningful for you and your family and you can’t go wrong.
The spring equinox has been celebrated as a time of renewal and rebirth for thousands of years.
- GET OUTSIDE & CONNECT
Take some time to celebrate the new life that surrounds you in nature. Watch the sunrise and/or sunset, go for a walk in the park, take a bike ride, lay in the grass, or take a hike. As you do so, observe all the new life beginning around you.
- PLANT NEW LIFE
This is a good time of year to start planting your flowers and gardens if you haven’t already. If you live in an area where it is still not possible to plant anything, you can start some plants indoors or get your yard and garden ready for late spring plantings.
- VISIT A MEGALITHIC MONUMENT
This may not be possible for many of us but the idea of it sure is fun! Stonehenge is open to visitors on the winter and summer solstices and spring and autumn equinoxes.
- BRING SPRING INTO YOUR HOME
- Pick or purchase a bouquet of spring flowers.
- Refresh and renew your home and body with essential oils. There is nothing like an essential oil diffuser to bring the fresh scents of spring into the home.
- PREPARE A FAMILY FEAST
No spring celebration is really complete without a family meal to go along with it. For the solstice, celebrate with foods that honour the coming of spring — eggs, early spring greens, shoots, sprouts, seasonal local produce, local bread, wine, etc.
- HAVE OR ATTEND A BONFIRE
A bonfire is a great way to celebrate the equinox. Tell stories, dance, sing, beat drums, play music, and celebrate the spring.
- ENJOY SPRING ARTS, CRAFTS, AND STEAM ACTIVITIES
Creating spring crafts is a great way to welcome in the season.
- DECORATE EGGS
If you’re not ready to decorate your Easter eggs on the solstice. You can decorate some wooden Easter eggs for displaying around your home. You can also add them to Easter baskets and hide them for egg hunts.
- ADD SPRING DECOR TO YOUR HOME
Decorate your home with spring decor.
- READ BOOKS ABOUT SPRING
Read spring books with your kids to help them understand the equinox and the cyclical nature of the seasons.
- STAND AN EGG ON ITS END
Legend has it that it is Easier to stand an egg on its end during the spring equinox. I have never tried this, but it sounds like a great party trick to attempt while waiting for your spring solstice family feast.
- MEDITATE AND/OR PRACTICE YOGA
Meditate upon new spring life, and celebrate the change of seasons. On the equinox, day and night, dark and light are balanced. Meditate and/or practice yoga to create inner peace and balance.
- RESTORE BALANCE IN THE HOME
Restore balance in the home by doing a spring deep cleaning. Get rid of clutter and anything that you no longer need to make space for the new season.
- BEGIN SOMETHING NEW
Solstices and equinoxes are a great time to let go of the old and begin anew. As the days begin to grow longer and the temperatures begin to warm, people begin to spend more time outdoors. It is a great time to begin something new.
- Make a list of everything you’ve been wanting to do.
- Pick your top three choices.
- Plan to start one and go from there.
- ESTABLISH A DAILY RHYTHM
Spring is typically a time of renewal and rebirth. Establishing a new rhythm on the spring equinox will help you get organized and provide a framework for your day.
In the southern hemisphere, the fall autumnal equinox occurs on the same day as the spring vernal equinox. It marks the official beginning of fall.