Today marks the day first day of spring. The literal meaning of equinox means equal night and what is implied is equal day as well. The ancient significance was that the in the northern hemisphere cold weather would be ending and food would be more accessible.
Many Cultures Celebrated The Equinoxes
Irish Pagans it is believed that the Celtic Druid celebration of the Vernal Equinox was replaced with St. Patrick’s Day and or Easter. Ironically enough St. Patrick’s story of ridding Ireland of snakes may have been symbolic of the Catholic church ridding the place of Druids.
Hindu Holi is the Hindu spring festival of colors. It signifies the defeat of darkness by light. This celebration has spread across other parts of Asia and other continents.
Maya The Mayans celebrated the spring equinox in The Return of the Sun Serpent – Kukulkan. On this day at the great pyramid of Chichen Itza a shadow can be seen slithering down the side of it.
I’ve always loved the spring. Especially living in the Northeast of the United States for much of my life. It was a warm welcome to the end of a long winter. I currently live in Florida so I feel the opposite now but old habits die hard – I’ll find other reasons to enjoy the coming of Spring!
How do you celebrate?