Winter is officially OVER! Yippee!
Today we celebrate the Vernal Equinox. Vernal in Latin means ‘to bloom’. At 5:58 p.m. EST, the sun will cross directly over the Earth’s equator and this ‘happening’ is called the Equinox which NASA says literally means ‘equal night’. With the Equinox, we transition from shorter to longer days(at least half the planet does 🙂 )and we get more sunlight as the sun rises higher above the horizon.
On today, March 20th-21st depending on where you live, there are fun things to know about to make the most of this day.
FIRST: have you had your egg today? Or do you have plans to celebrate the tradition of seeing if an egg can stand on it’s end? This tradition, we believe originated in China. They also celebrate by having egg-rolls today.
SECOND: For either hemisphere…have you gotten outside yet and ‘connected’ with nature. It’s said to be the perfect day for it. If you do, take time to listen to the sounds you hear. Lately, we have heard many animal sounds here…especially the coyotes at night and the rooster at all times of the day. And, the last few days, the birds have woken us up early with all their talking and singing.
THIRD: Soak in the sun! I sure hope you have some today. The sun does wonders for our physical and emotional health. All it takes is a few minutes each day to reap its benefits.
FOURTH: Watch the clock and be present at the exact moment that the equinox occurs. In other words…enjoy the moment…make it something special. We will be celebrating with an outdoor picnic of eggs, fresh spring fruits and vegetables and meats and wine.
FIFTH: Do some planting. Whether its plants or flowers or trees, it’s a fun way to celebrate.
SIXTH: Tell stories to your children about things in the past. Get together and tell neighbors, families, and friends stories about yourself. IT’S WORLD STORYTELLING DAY today too and that, to me, is a fun way to celebrate.
SEVENTH: Lastly, Get out and enjoy the last SUPERMOON of 2019. It’s happening tonight too.
There are some countries that celebrate Mothers Day today, while others, like India and Turkey celebrate the New Year.
It reminds me of one of my favorite quotes by Maya Angelo…”we are more alike than we are different” as all of us on this planet of ours today are experiencing the Equinox. So, have a wonderful time celebrating and enjoying the Spring Equinox if you live in the Northern Hemisphere and the Autumn Equinox if you live in the Southern Hemisphere.
HAPPY Equinox Day everyone!
We had our picnic for the Equinox. At the exact moment, one of our resident doves started cooing and when we opened our Dove dark chocolate candy for dessert…the message mine said was Hello Spring and hubby’s said Feel the sunshine!😊☀️😊