Spring Equinox – March 20

The Spring Equinox, also known as the vernal equinox, is one of the four solar festivals of the year. The equinox — which translates roughly in Latin to “equal night” — is when the sun sits vertically above the equator, making day and night equal across the planet. The Spring Equinox officially marks the beginning of spring in the Northern Hemisphere, and there are celebrations around the world to usher in longer days and springtime. In some cultures, this day also marks the beginning of the new year, which in Iranian culture is called Nowruz. The Spring Equinox is a brilliant time for new beginnings, no matter how you celebrate.

How to Celebrate Spring Equinox

1. Host a Nowruz party
Celebrate the Spring Equinox and Iranian New Year with a Nowruz party. Prepare the Haft Seen, the traditional table setting for celebrating Nowruz in Iran, and have your guests gather around it until the exact moment of the Spring Equinox. The table includes seven traditional items: greenery (sprouts grown in a dish); samanu (a sweet germinated wheat pudding); dried oleaster fruit; garlic; apples; sumac berries; and vinegar.

2. Bring flowers into your home
Nothing says spring like flowers! Celebrate the Spring Equinox by bringing some flowers into your home. Buy a bunch of cut flowers from your local market — daffodils and tulips should be in season now — or buy a little plant to keep in your window. Buying flowers for yourself is a happy and small indulgence.

3. Call your mom
In many Arab cultures, the Spring Equinox is a day to appreciate mothers. Take a page from their book, and use this day as a day to call your mom! Take it a step further by sending her flowers to celebrate the first day spring.

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