How the First Day of Spring is Celebrated Around The World
March is a month with so many things going on. We have March Madness, St. Patrick’s Day, Spring Break, the first day of Spring, and lastly, cultural celebrations such as Nowruz, a Persian New Year. So many exciting things to do in March but where to begin? St. Patrick’s Day has passed but all things Spring Equinox is happening right now and around the corner.
The First Day of Spring is officially here, also known as the Spring Equinox or the Vernal Equinox. The first day of Spring is on March 20th or March 21st but this year, it is said to be on March 20th. On the Spring Equinox, it is historically said to be due to Mother Earth’s position to the Sun, causing the Sun to directly pass over at Mother Earth’s equator.
How different parts of the world celebrate the first day of Spring
Different cultures celebrate the first day of Spring differently. Let’s take a little look and see what Vernal Equinox celebrations happen around the world!
Middle East and Africa
There are many celebrations happening in the Middle East when it comes to the Spring Equinox, or the Vernal Equinox. One celebration that the Middle East and Africa celebrates would be Mother’s Day. Mother’s Day was first celebrated in Egypt in 1956 and soon started to spread out to other regions in Africa and the Middle East.
Another major Spring Equinox celebration in the Middle East and across the world is Nowruz, a Persian New Year that happens every year on or around March 20th. It is one of the later new year celebrations with Cambodian New Year following behind in April. In the United States, Los Angeles has one of the biggest Nowruz celebrations. It can be pretty hectic with tons of people going to the parade. I’d recommend booking a parking spot ahead of time with parking reservation companies like Way. It’ll save you from so much headache!
Japan celebrates the first day of Spring, Shunbun no Hi, is by having a week-long celebration of family reunions and graveyard visits. On the actual Spring Equinox day, families in Japan spend the majority of the day taking care of their family’s grave by cleaning, praying, and leaving a heartfelt gift.
In India, we have the Holi festival that is a Spring celebration with dates varying year by year. Holi is a festival of love or, as most know of Holi, colors. It is a festival full of vibrancy, forgiveness, and basking in positive energy. Definitely a festival worth celebrating to remember love and positivity is what triumphs, brings in a happier life, and to remember to let go and forgive bitterness as well as negativity.
Mexico celebrates the first day of Spring with a Mayan celebration called Return of the Sun. On the Vernal Equinox, people gather at the El Castillo Pyramid to watch the late afternoon Sun create a shadow illusion of a snake slithering down the pyramid.
There are many ways to celebrate the first day of Spring! With the Northern Hemisphere celebrating World Storytelling Day to keep amazing stories of the waymazing world alive! For the people who are New Age practitioners or have fun enjoying the more mystical things in life, it is also a day to celebrate the Pagan in you!
Celebrating the first day of Spring
There is no one way to celebrate the first day of Spring! Anyone can celebrate any of the cultural festivities or completely create a new way of celebrating the Spring Equinox themselves. It’s the beginning of new life so feel free to start and do new things while basking in nature, people, and life.
There are many events to attend and places to visit all over the world to have new or old exciting experiences. Book your airport parking with Way and hop on over to the airport and meet your destination!