If you feel like jumping for joy when you see the first signs of Spring imagine how other cultures celebrate the amazing changes one vernal equinox can bring!
Bangladesh people enjoy newly reaped paddies. Australians gather for thoroughbred horse racing events. The main event is known as the race that stops a nation.
Even Bermudians, who enjoy moderate temperatures year round, only take their first official swim on Queen Victoria's birthday every spring.
The main Jewish holiday Passover is also known as The Spring Holiday. There are even 3 more significant Jewish national holidays celebrated during the Spring.
In India the colors come out, literally. Holi, the festival of colors features people throwing water and apply colored powders on one another.
An old Romanian tradition has a symbolic red and white string from which a small decoration is tied and offered by people on the first day of March. It is interesting that this same symbol is of women and fertility as a means of giving life and continuity.
The main symbol of new life for one of the major religions, Christianity, is the Easter season. Celebrating the new life symbolized in the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Even more secular traditions have evolved around this main theme with the introduction of Easter Eggs symbolizing new life to come.
The other intriguing ways local culture know when Spring comes is not just a calendar observation. In Sweden, for instance meteorologists define spring when the temperature is above zero Celsius (above freezing) for 7 consecutive days. This means that the first day of spring in that country can vary by elevation and location!
With some cultures astronomy and the vernal equinox can get creative around the calendar. For instance, in China, the use the end of winter as Feb. 4th. They then calculate the midpoint between then and May 5th as the spring equinox as its midpoint.
Whatever your culture is there's no doubt people everywhere the seasons of hope and optimism that is celebrated. Just be sure you know the other people you are celebrating know what day to celebrate!
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