Usually, when the spring equinox takes place in the northern hemisphere, the days start to get longer and the nights shorter. After the autumn equinox, the light and darkness reverse roles.
But the astronomical seasons are not something that scientists discovered recently. Numerous traditions are revolving around the celestial phenomenon. So if you have some spare time this weekend, here is a list of things to do during the spring equinox.
Legend has it that day and night aren’t the only things perfectly balanced during the equinox. The ancient Chinese believed that on the first spring day, people are able to balance an egg on one of its ends.
According to the theory, the equidistant position of the sun between the Earth’s two poles triggers a unique set of gravitational forces. These allow the eggs to be balanced with no difficulty.
While scientists disagree, it wouldn’t hurt to waste a couple of minutes playing around with your eggs before cooking a delicious and nutritious breakfast.
Release the Colored Powder
According to ancient Hindu tradition, the vernal equinox is the perfect moment to celebrate the victory of the forces of good over those of evil.
And the festival that accompanies the celebration consists of a bunch of people throwing colored powders at each other while dancing in the middle of the street.
Don’t Throw Away Your Saint Patty Accessories
Druid tradition dictates people to wear a shamrock, or a trefoil during the spring equinox.
Apart from being a very fashionable accessory, the shamrock is associated with the “Three Morgans”, a Celtic mythology Triple Goddess. The trefoil also symbolizes the regenerative abilities of nature.
Spring has always been associated with rebirth, growth, and renewal. Ancient Italians women used to plant seeds in Adonis’ gardens on this occasion.
Sicilian women still follow the tradition of planting fennel, lentils, flowers or lettuce in pots and baskets. After the seeds sprout, the ladies tie the stalks with red ribbon and place the flowers on graves to celebrate life’s triumph over death.
It’s a beautiful tradition, and seeing how the equinox falls on a Sunday; you could plant a flower in your garden or pot. If anything, it will brighten your mornings for a few months.
Explore an Ancient Monument
Most of the ancient monuments of the world were build according to the position of the stars and planets. So it’s possible that during the equinox they will bathe in the sun as their builders intended to thousands of years ago.
The people from England will be able to witness the sun rising between the two major stones of Stonehenge. But the sight fades next to the spectacle of lights that will take place in Chichén Itzá, Mexico.
Here, the light of the sun will turn one of the pyramid’s sides into a fiery serpent, a celebration of Kukulcan, a Mayan god.
There are plenty of things to do during the spring equinox, so throw your pajamas away tomorrow morning, get dressed and start balancing, throwing and visiting. And don’t forget to wear your traditional shamrock.
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