Spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s Party!’— Robin Williams
Hello, spring of 2020! You are embraced with our open arms and hearts! You’re here and we are happy to be in this energetic season of renewal, growth, abundance, and longer light-filled days.
This year’s spring equinox (also called the March equinox or vernal equinox) falls on Thursday, March 19th, which is earlier than it’s been in over a century. This event marks the energetic first day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere.
Spring equinox 2020 is the earliest spring in more than 100 years.
“For much of the last century, the spring equinox has occurred on March 20 or 21. This year, however, the equinox happens on the 19th in all U.S. time zones, making it the earliest spring we’ll have seen in our lives (so far). The last time spring arrived this early was in 1896—a whopping 124 years ago!”
Why Is This New Season Called an Equinox?
The word equinox comes from the Latin words for “equal night;” aequus (equal) and nox (night).
On the equinox, the length of day and night is nearly equal in all parts of the world. In honor of this very special “early” spring, shared below are some activities meant for joy and celebration!
Here Are 5 Ways to Honor the First Day of Spring:
Put a spring in your step and get outdoors
Whether you take a stroll in your neighborhood or go out for a nature hike take time to appreciate all that winter’s rest has brought forth. Take notice of any new activity in native flowers and trees. Look for birds returning, baby bunnies or what is native to your location. Be pleasantly present and enjoy it.
Gather fresh springtime flowers and tender blooming branches to your indoor spaces
Brighten up your room and home with what is now in seasonal bloom. Flowers and greens set the stage for all that is new and bursting with energy. These are joyful instant mood boosters bringing nature indoors. They simply radiate the positive life force of spring. Get creative and go outdoors gathering some tender blooming branches for indoor decor while being nurtured by mother nature.
Celebrate with 108 yogic sun salutations
In the yogic tradition, the practice of doing 108 sun salutations on the first day of spring is reserved for a change in seasons. The practice of 108 sun salutations takes place on the first day of every change in season for yogis who choose to celebrate the tradition. The number 108 has both sacred and spiritual significance from astronomy to Ayurveda and sacred yogic texts. It is believed that the literal heat and fire generated in the body during this physical asana practice will detox and cleanse both body and mind. This physical practice releases old energy (think winter) while bringing in new energy (think spring).
Share a springtime themed meal with family and friends
In the spirit of the first day of spring, hone your skills in the kitchen and try out a new recipe. It can be as simple as a bright fruit salad, a fresh seasonal veggie dish or as intricate as a savory souffle. The key here is to enjoy and have a meaningful gathering whether it’s two of you gathered or many more at your table.
Freshen your gratitude practice
Cultivate a personal gratitude practice themed around what it is you notice and appreciate about spring and how you feel. This is such a life-affirming way to usher in the spirit of spring. What you personally cultivate in thankfulness blossoms the energy of others. Spring opens our essence to all abundance in nature allowing us to intuitively use our five senses with a spirit of joy.
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