First Day of Spring Traditions

Spring is the season of growth and regeneration and the hours of sunlight get longer. Some people celebrate the spring equinox and every country celebrates it differently.

"The 2019 White House Easter Egg Roll" by The White House is marked with CC PDM 1.0

“The 2019 White House Easter Egg Roll” by The White House is marked with CC PDM 1.0

Here in the United States, most people celebrate Easter in one form or another. The Easter Bunny and Easter eggs are always a big hit. There is even an annual White House Easter Egg Roll which for many Americans, signifies the emergence of spring. Easter may fall after the spring equinox but it’s still one of the best signals of spring for many Americans.

In India, they celebrate through the Holi festival. It is also known as “the festival of love” but one of the coolest parts of the festival is how they spray colorful powder everywhere and on everyone. Kind of like the end of a color run but instead of running a 5K beforehand, they play with water and dance and sometimes spend time at a bonfire. It’s a community event to bring everyone together to celebrate the spring equinox.

In Thailand, they have the world’s biggest water fight. It’s technically the Songkran Water Festival but it entails water being thrown everywhere and on everyone. This is one day you might not want to have your phone on you. They also have music playing in the streets and dance parties everywhere. It sounds like a great day.

In England, people gather at Stonehenge. The collection of people typically draws pagans, druids and various other people who would like to celebrate at Stonehenge. They arrive for a ceremony at sunrise to celebrate the changing of the seasons. It’s not only limited to pagans and druids though. Tourists will also join them if they want to. For the spring equinox this year on March 20, the sun rose over Stonehenge at 6:10 a.m. (GMT) so it wasn’t too early this year.

“Scrambled eggs” by vidalia_11 is licensed under CC BY 2.0

In Bosnia, they celebrate Cimburijada in the town of Zenica. Cimburijada translates to “the festival of scrambled eggs” and that’s exactly what they do. The residents of Zenica will gather around at picnic areas near the river to make giant pots of scrambled eggs. They gather with friends and family to celebrate the coming of spring by eating scrambled eggs and I can’t think of a better way to celebrate.

Everyone around the world has different traditions to celebrate the coming of spring but all of them have one thing in common. They celebrate with family and friends. Spring is the season of renewal, hope and growth. If you’re going to celebrate these things, why not do it with the people who mean the most to you and want to see you succeed.

Do you have any special traditions your family follows for the coming of spring? Which tradition is your favorite? Share your thoughts with us here in the comments or on our social media pages! We would love to hear your traditions.