Spring Traditions

Gay Lynn HillStudy Break

Mar. 20th marks the first day of spring. The arrival of spring means the return of not only mosquitoes and other pests, but also mundane or fun traditions.

Spring Cleaning and Yard Sales – The classic “out with the old, in with the new” springtime philosophy takes shape through cleaning and repairing one’s home and organizing yard sales. In most cases, but not all, no special licenses, permits or sales tax is needed as consumers exchange cash for items of their choosing.

Cherry Blossom Festivals – In 1912, Japan gifted more than 3,000 Yoshino cherry trees to celebrate the relationship between the U.S. and Japan. In 1927, the first National Cherry Blossom Festival was held in the United States, marking the annual springtime tradition as the pink blossoms begin to bloom in the nation’s capital. In addition to the annual festival in Washington, D.C., cherry blossom festivals all across the country and around the world.

Unique festivals – The Holi Festival in India is one of the most visually beautiful festivals in the world.  The two-day festival takes place in late February/early March where people participate in bonfires and parties the night before, and the next day, the masses gather on the streets for a giant color fight, throwing dyed powder onto each other. The carefree revelry offers a chance to connect with other human beings and let go of any past hardships.

Other festivals include visiting the burial grounds of ancestors (China), carnivals (Scandinavia, eastern Europe), and highlighting unusual inventions (France).

Painted eggs – The origins of the family-friendly art project and scavenger hunt prize can be traced back to ancient Egyptian and Sumerian cultures. Several thousand years ago, the Egyptians and Sumerians would honor their dead with adorned ostrich eggs. Not only are eggs are painted, they are also rolled, most famously at the annual White House Easter Egg Roll.

Spring Down Under – More than 400,000 flock to Australia’s capital, Canberra, for a massive flower festival each spring. When the season kicks off in September for the Southern Hemisphere, a month-long celebration begins. More than one million blooms take over Canberra’s Commonwealth Park each year, offering a breathtaking display of spring color.

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