The Spring Equinox is one day each year when the world is in perfect balance. Day and night are equal lengths and the sun rises exactly from the west and sets exactly in the east. It is because of this spiritual equilibrium that the Spring Equinox has been honoured by groups of people for millennia.
This year, why not take inspiration from Equinox celebrations around the globe, borrow a few traditions and bag yourself a year filled with good fortune?
New life in the garden
In ancient Italy, women honoured the Spring Equinox by planting seeds in honour of the god Adonis. The custom still persists in Sicily, where women plant lentils, fennel, lettuce and flowers at this time. The belief is that, with the planet in perfect balance, your seeds will prosper most if planted on this day.
If you want to get green-fingered for the Equinox, opt for flower seeds or summer-flowering bulbs such as gladioli, lilies and bare root roses – they will have the garden looking glorious by June.
Bring the good luck indoors
Fresh flowers and new blooms are spiritually significant at this time of year. Snare as much good luck as you can by decorating the house with budding twigs like willow catkins and flowers in red and green. You can even honour specific Greek gods and goddesses with your floral arrangements – red anemone for Adonis, violets for Attis and roses or lilies for the goddesses.
Have a family reunion
Do like the Japanese do and gather your nearest and dearest to celebrate together over the Spring Equinox. With the house filled with positive energy thanks to your flower choices, toast to new adventures, fresh starts, fertility and prosperity for the year ahead. Don’t forget – you can join us for a spring break at Center Parcs and see how we can help you throw a family celebration to remember.
Connect with nature
Head outdoors and walk up an appetite – you will be honouring the Saxon goddess Eostre as you go. She represented fertility and new beginnings and is associated with the outdoors during spring. Of course, if you join us for a spring break at Center Parcs, you will have acres of woodland trails to explore at your leisure. Keep your eyes peeled as you go – it is especially lucky to spot some of Eostre’s little symbols – rabbits – today!
Eat, drink and be merry
As if you need an excuse… But if you do, the ancient feast of Nowruz was celebrated on the Equinox by what may be the oldest religion on earth, Zoroastrianism. Spring is a time of plenty, so big portions are the order of the day here. Why not try roasting spring lamb with some seasonal vegetables such as purple sprouting broccoli, kale or leeks on the side?
Dionysus is the Greek god of fertility and flowering plants, so the Spring Equinox is a good time to tip your hat to him to ensure a prosperous, blooming summer. Handily, Dionysus is also the god of wine, and enjoying a tipple is the best way to honour him. Well, if we must…
Bonus: balance an egg on end
With the Earth in perfect balance, it is said that this is the one day a year when an egg will stand upright. Why not try it as a post-feast parlour game and see who has channelled the most Equinox magic throughout the day? Just don’t honour Dionysus too much first, or you might end up with egg on your face, and the floor…