Throughout history, people around the world have hailed the spring equinox, the time when the sun crosses the equator and heads north. For those in the Northern Hemisphere, the vernal equinox signals longer days and warmer temperatures, a cause for celebrations in many cultures and religions, including Easter, Passover, and Ostara. If you want to commemorate the day with your family or friends, one of these suggestions may be just the thing to welcome this new season filled with promise.
Greet the Sun
Set an alarm to wake at dawn and start your day with purpose. Whether you journal about your intentions for spring, check your daily horoscope, meditate, or sip on a fresh spring tonic, you are taking a moment for yourself and reflection. After all, it is a day of renewal, and self-care is a natural way to recognize it.
Start Your Spring Cleaning
If you have not tackled those once-a-year chores, the equinox is a great day to get started. Restore balance in your home and your life by decluttering your space, from cobwebs in the corners to old clothing that can benefit people in need. Open a window or two to allow fresh air to circulate, bringing a breath of spring into your home.
Plant the Seeds
Organize and plan your garden for the spring and summer. It may be too chilly to plant seeds outside, despite the equinox, but you can sow seeds inside a greenhouse or other dedicated space to get ready for a summer harvest.
Cook Some Eggs
Eggs are an important symbol of the spring equinox; after all, the spring is a time of birth and rebirth, literally and figuratively. Honor the day with an egg-centric meal, such as an omelet, frittata, salad, or quiche. Dying eggs can also be a fun activity with your children, even if you do not celebrate Easter, since eggs are part of many cultures and practices.
Go on a Hunt
Who said you have to eat your eggs? Take a page from the traditional egg hunt by hunting for other things that are meaningful to you and your family or friends. Hide spiritual or healing items, such as crystals, tumbled stones, flowers, or photos of people or pets you love. Add a prize that would appeal to your search party, from a special toy or treat for children to a gift certificate for a psychic reading online for adult participants.
Commune With Nature
The spring equinox is all about connecting with the natural world. What better way to acknowledge the day than getting outside and spending time in your environment. Listen for the birds as they migrate back north. Feel the warmth of the sun’s rays on your skin. Smell the delicate aroma of early flowers blooming.
Have a Bonfire
Finish the day by sitting around a cozy bonfire with friends and family. Host a potluck dinner you can share together, and take turns having tarot card psychic readings, telling stories, and sharing goals and hopes for the new season filled with opportunity.
However you honor the spring equinox, make sure it has meaning for you. Hopefully, these ideas may inspire you to start your own annual tradition to observe this significant time of the year.