I love holidays. I love the anticipation of an exciting event. A celebration that is repeated each year is full of tradition and quality time with family. For the last three years, my family has made it a point to celebrate the start of each season. The Earth has given us a natural ebb and flow of seasons. The progress of time is marked by nature's quarterly rhythms.
These seasonal changes provide the perfect moment to pause as a family and create a family ritual. A celebration causes us to stop time and reflect on the past year - the growth, transformations, hardships, and joys. In the pause, we acknowledge our gratefulness. We also look to the upcoming year with anticipation and hope.
Family celebrations should be simple and speak to each member of the family. It should include traditions that will carry on each year, as well as room to add new elements as the family evolves and grows.
HONORING THE SPRING EQUINOX
Spring is a time of new life and transformation.
Nature give us this imagery everywhere we look - flower buds on trees, daffodils emerging, caterpillars turning into butterflies.
And the spring equinox is the perfect time to celebrate new beginnings.
The word equinox derives from Latin, meaning "equal night". During the spring (or vernal) equinox, the sun shines directly on the Earth's equator and the day and night are the same length. Starting with this day, we will have more light filled days until we reach the summer solstice.
With a little bit of planning, the first day of spring can be a beautiful day to commemorate leaving the hibernation of winter, having a fresh start, and welcoming the warmer days ahead.
7 IDEAS FOR CELEBRATING SPRING:
- Go on a nature walk.
- Plant flowers or prepare your garden.
- Decorate eggs.
- Rise with the sun or watch the sun set.
- Read books about spring.
- Create a fairy garden - check out our next post to learn how!
- Have a family feast.
1. GO ON A NATURE WALK
Spend the day outside digging in mud, collecting flowers, and looking for bugs and animals. I love giving the girls baskets to collect leaves, rocks, acorns, pinecones, and whatever item they find inspiring in nature. Use these items to decorate the house in honor of the new season.
2. PLANT FLOWERS OR PREPARE YOUR GARDEN
The rule of thumb is to wait until "tax day" to officially put plants in the ground - around April 15th. This is at least important where we live in Tennessee. We can get random days of frost through March, so you can spend the day prepping your garden and planning what vegetables you will plant. You could plant some starter seeds inside and transplant them in your garden once the weather allows. Or you could purchase a house plant to keep the green in your house year round.
3. DECORATE EGGS
Eggs are a symbol of new life and a perfect way to celebrate spring, a season of new beginnings. Most people adopt egg coloring when celebrating Easter (which falls on the first Sunday after the full moon after the spring equinox). Easter will quickly follow the spring equinox, so why not get a jump start and decorate eggs on the first day of spring!
4. RISE WITH THE SUN OR WATCH THE SUN SET
My children are early risers, so watching the sunrise is something we do on the regular. For the spring equinox, find a hill facing east, pack a breakfast picnic, and honor the start of brighter days. If getting up for a sunrise does not sound appealing at all, consider a sunset picnic with a hill facing west.
5. READ BOOKS ABOUT SRPING
Check out our list of books below. Books are a great way to teach children new concepts!
(Click on the images of the book covers - it will take you to the amazon page).
6. CREATE A FAIRY GARDEN
This is our second year making a fairy garden, and my daughters love creating a nature scene to keep in our house. Check out this post to learn how!
7. CREATING A FAMILY FEAST
- Bring spring inside with plants, flowers, eggs, and rabbits.
- Make it festive by making flower or feather headbands.
- Light a candle and recite a poem about spring. We have a free downloadable for you to use in your own celebration!
- Eat a simple meal with fresh food.
- Create a list of goals for this new season.
Spring Equinox Poem
Here is a download for a Spring Equinox Poem. You can read it as a family when celebrating the new season!