Spring in Different Cultures

March 5, 2014

Since Spring is on the way I thought I might look at how different cultures experience it. Did you know....?

 

In Indian, Nepalese devotees throw colored powder, known as gulal, on a bamboo pole, called a Chir, that's fringed with strips of cloth. It represents good luck on the first day of the Holi festival that celebrates the arrival of the spring.

 

Druids welcome spring equinox by waiting for the sun to rise at Stonehenge near Amesbury, Wiltshire, England. It's one of the rare times where officials granted access to the ancient monument to mark when the length of the day and the night are equal. Likewise, many  Mexicans do the same at the pyramid at Chichen Itza to celebrate the Maya culture.

 

In Christian nations, Spring is often marked by the arrival of Easter which uses rabbits and eggs as a fertility symbol and the image of 'rebirth', which is what happens in the spring.

 

No matter how you celebrate though, I'd like to take some time to wish each one of you a great Spring after a rather long and cold winter this year.

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