Here we are, bidding farewell to the chilly winter months and welcoming the much-awaited warmer days.
The spring equinox, also known as the vernal equinox, is a time when the length of day and night is almost equal, marking the official start of spring in the Northern Hemisphere. This astronomical event happens when the sun crosses the equator and its rays fall directly on the Earth's equator. The spring equinox is a significant occasion celebrated by many cultures worldwide, symbolising new beginnings, growth and the triumph of light over darkness.
This special time will have you feeling renewed and refreshed and with more energy. Here are some ways to welcome the new season.
Enjoy the outdoors
With warmer weather and longer days, the spring equinox is the perfect time to get outside and soak up the sunshine. Go for a hike, have a picnic or simply take a nice and slow stroll in nature. It is also a good idea to take your mat outside and enjoy a breezy flow in the sun!
Plant a garden
Spring is a time of renewal, growth and blooming, so why not get your hands dirty and plant a small garden? Whether it's flowers, herbs or vegetables, gardening is a wonderful way to connect with the Earth and celebrate the new season. If you don't have the space for gardening, you can always invest in a small planter and cultivate some fresh herbs - you might use them to spice up your hearty meals!
Cleanse and declutter
The spring equinox is a wonderful time to clear out the old and make way for the new. Consider doing a spring cleaning of your home, office or personal space to create a fresh and inviting environment. Don't forget to cleanse your mind and soul too by practising meditation and restorative yoga!
Practice mindfulness and gratitude
When life gets too busy, we tend to forget to count our blessings. Take a moment every day to reflect on the blessings in your life and express gratitude for them. Mindfulness practices such as meditation, journaling or yoga can help you connect with the present moment and cultivate a sense of inner peace.
Connect with the community
There is no better time to celebrate new beginnings and coming together than the spring equinox. Consider attending a local event or gathering with friends and family to celebrate the changing of the seasons and connect with new people.
Host family & friend gatherings
Surrounding yourself with friends and family is always a good idea. So how about inviting them over for a nice dinner?
Imagine a menu filled with mouth-watering dishes made from fresh, sustainable produce and even some foraged ingredients. You could impress your guests with some unique and traditional dishes made from hawthorn leaves and buds or indulge in the classic flavours of chives and asparagus, all in season around the equinox.
To make the occasion even more special, dress up the table with the colours of spring – greens, yellows and all the beautiful imagery of this season. So, gather your friends and family to enjoy the delicious flavours of spring and toast to fresh starts!