5 Weird Traditions to Welcome the Vernal Equinox 2017 – The Spring Event

Wear a shamrock

The symbolic plant of the equinox in Druidry is the trefoil or shamrock, which is also customarily worn on St. Patrick’s Day.

The three leaves shaped like hearts were associated with the Triple Goddess of Celtic mythology, otherwise known as the “Three Morgans”

The shamrock is thought to be symbolic of the regenerative powers of nature.

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Visit an ancient monument

Many of the world’s ancient monuments were built as astrological calendars, to map the movement of the Sun over the course of the year.

The equinox is therefore a great time to visit these monuments, as they are often aligned to make the most of the Sun’s unique position in the sky.

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At Stonehenge in Wiltshire, the sun can be seen rising precisely between two stones, while at Chichén Itzá in Mexico, the rising sun transforms one edge of the giant pyramid into a blazing serpent, representing the Mayan god Kukulcan.

Throwing Some Color Powder

Holi is an ancient Hindu festival celebrating the victory of good over evil. It takes place each year around the time of the vernal equinox.

Known as the “festival of colors”, it is celebrated by tossing vibrant colored powders onto each other and dancing in the streets.

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This year, Holi starts on Sunday, March 12, but if you’ve got some leftover powder, why not save it to brighten up your day on the 20th?

Sow a Plant Seed

The spring equinox is symbolic of rebirth, renewal, and growth, and in ancient Italy, it was traditional for women to plant seeds in the gardens of Adonis on this day.

The custom persists in Sicily, where women plant seeds of grains – lentils, fennel, lettuce or flowers – in baskets and pots.

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When they sprout, the stalks are tied with red ribbons and the flowers are placed on graves on Good Friday, symbolizing the triumph of life over death.

Flying Kites

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In many Asian countries people celebrate first day of spring season by flying kites and wearing colorful cloths. This is a nice gesture to welcome a new season and relatively less weird than other traditions.

 

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