Today is the Spring Equinox, a day to celebrate the beginning of Spring and the renewal of the Earth, as plant life begins to bloom and animals awake from their winter slumber. Equinox occurs twice a year (Autumnal Equinox is in September) and marks the point at which the sun crosses the Equator, meaning day and night are the same length.
There are ancient traditions and rituals associated with the Spring Equinox which can be traced back to the ancient Saxons in northern Europe. They worshiped a goddess named Oestre (this is where the modern Christian festival of Easter gets its name). Legend has it that one of Oestre's hares laid an egg, the Egg of New Life, at the Spring Equinox, which we (sort of) still celebrate to this day in the form of Easter Eggs and the Easter Bunny (not actually a rabbit at all!)
What will you be doing to celebrate this day of rebirth and new beginnings? Here's a few ideas!
Plant some flowers in your garden! It might have been a bit of a cloudy morning (eclipse? What eclipse?), but the sun is just starting to break through. Grab your gardening gloves and go scatter some seeds.
Bring some greenery indoors and fill your house with plants! I talk more about this in my post on Plant Life.
Go for a walk and explore the world around you! Gather your friends and family and held out for a stroll.
Wear some colour to celebrate nature blossoming all around us (you might have noticed that I don't need much of an excuse for this).
Happy Spring Equinox!