Spring Into a New Beginning

Spring Into a New Beginning

The weather is getting warmer, the snow is slowly melting, and buds are emerging! These are all indications that the season is changing and Spring is finally upon us. The season between winter and summer is not universal and changes depending on the specific geographical location where it occurs. Typically, the transition from Winter to Spring is when the earth revives and reinvigorates after the colder winter months, making dormant plants regrow, sprouts come out of the ground, and hibernating animals awaken. 

lilac-flowers-spring-gardenThe History of Spring

The Spring season obtained its name from the verb “spring” and from the word “springan”, which means “to leap, burst forth, fly up; spread, grow”. It’s a nod to the flowers and plants springing up, springing open, and bursting into blossom. 

The word came to describe the Spring season in the 14th century, indicating the time when plants rose from their winter dormancy and bloomed. Prior to that, the word, Lent, was used to describe the season. Lent surfaced as ‘lencten,’ that is, ‘lengten‘: the season got its name because, in the Spring, days lengthen. 

Spring and a New Beginning

The presence of tree buds is usually one of the first signs of Spring. A plant’s buds act as a shield for the delicate flowers inside. Flowers of different shapes, sizes and forms come with individual and distinct protection. These buds remain closed and dormant throughout winter, surviving the cold until their time to thrive in the Spring and making a vibrant emergence from their compact casing. This visual guide to the more common tree buds should help you identify them.

Spring is a symbol of new beginnings with the first buds emerging from the ground. 

This is the time when flowers bloom for the first time in months and animals awaken from winter-induced hibernation. The sun shines again, bringing an end to the darkness of the Winter months. The earth comes to life once again.

The onset of Spring was historically entwined with religion, the mystical and the spiritual. Spring is celebrated with love and joy – the essence of positivity and is associated with ideas of rebirth, renewal, resurrection, and regrowth. Spring symbolizes life in all its glory.

flower-gardenSpring Around the World

Spring is not just a simple change of season but is actually celebrated around the world. Every country has its own unique way of welcoming the new season, be it through a festival, parade, or communal meal. Here are a few celebrations of Spring around the world.

1. White House Easter Egg Roll – USA

This yearly event has taken place every Easter Monday since 1814.  In this fun tradition, children gather on the White House lawn in Washington D.C. to roll eggs across the grass with wooden spoons, competing to see who can cross the finish line first. Kids can win Easter eggs and small prizes, so, with the promise of sweet treats fresh in their minds, morale is usually sky-high. 

egg-spoon-race-families2. Floriade – Australia

This event started in 1988, when parks manager, Peter Sutton, and landscape designer, Chris Slotemaker De Bruine, conceptualized a proposal for a grand floral display in celebration of Australia’s bicentenary and Canberra’s 75th birthday. The result was a beautiful, exotic floral display that was so wholeheartedly embraced by the local community that it became an annual celebration of Spring. Each year, hundreds of thousands of people travel from neighboring Sydney and Brisbane to witness more than a million flowers bloom in this month-long festival of color, music, and horticulture.

3. Nowruz – Central Asia

Nowruz is celebrated on the first day of the first month of the Iranian calendar and coincides with the Spring equinox (usually around March 21st). It symbolizes new life, new beginnings, and the rebirth of nature. This celebration differs from country to country, but it often starts with cleaning the homes. It then escalates into a multi-day festival of bonfires, costumes, and family remembrance. On the 13th day of the New Year, everybody leaves their homes and joins friends and family members outside for music, dancing, and food in the cities’ public spaces.

iran-new-year-celebration-girls4. Songkran Water Festival – Thailand

Songkran stems from the Sanskrit word for “astrological passage” and is celebrated in Thailand as New Year’s Day. This annual festival takes place shortly after the Spring equinox. The celebration involves going to a Buddhist monastery, visiting elders, and, of course, throwing water. Chiang Mai, the northern capital, is where the biggest celebrations take place, with festivities lasting up to six days. Locals and tourists alike take to the streets, equipped with cannon-sized water guns, pressure hoses, and buckets, ready to drench anyone in their path. People of all ages danced in the streets to loud music.

5. Holi – Northern India

This festival celebrated across Northern India, is one of the most colorful festivals in the world. Paying tribute to many hues of the Spring season, the celebration involves throwing colored powder at one another. Usually lasting a full day and night, the festival is a gloriously colorful and happy celebration of the end of Winter and the beginning of the Spring growing season.

holi-celebration-nandgaon6. Tulip Festival – Canada

The Canadian Tulip Festival is held in the country’s capital city of Ottawa. It originated as a 10-day celebration with the Dutch royal family providing 100,000 bulbs to Ottawa in 1945. This was a gesture of gratitude for keeping their princess and her daughters safe during the war, as well as the role Canadian troops played in the liberation of the Netherlands. Ever since then, the Netherlands keeps the tradition alive by sending 20,000 tulip bulbs to Ottawa each year. That gift is known as the ‘Tulip Legacy’ and those tulips have now accumulated to more than one million. The Canadian Tulip Festival has been celebrating this Spring flower, an international symbol of friendship and peace, since 1953.

ottawa-tulip-festival7. Wildflower Bloom – California, USA

One of the most beautiful Spring events around the world is the widely anticipated Wildflower Bloom event in California. In a good bloom year, wildflowers in multiple colors carpet landscapes across the state, from the floor of the desert in Southern California to the hills of the Sierra Nevada. This starts in late February and persists into the early summer. Poppies, daisies, Indian paintbrushes, and lupines can be commonly seen. One of the best places to view wildflower bloom in California is Carrizo Plain National Monument, in the central plains

tourists-hikers-walk-alongSpring Foods

Aside from these festivals and celebrations, Spring is the best time to indulge in local fruits and vegetables. Some best foods to eat in Spring include:

Apricots Cardoons  Garlic Scapes/ Green Garlic Morels

Ramps

Artichokes Cherries  Kale  Nettles

Rhubarb

Arugula 

Dandelion Greens Kiwi New Potatoes

Spinach

Asparagus  Fava Beans Leeks Parsley

Spring Onions

Beets 

Fennel  Lemon Pea Greens

Strawberries

Carrots Fiddleheads  Lettuce Radish

Turnips

 

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