My favorite season in south Florida is spring, especially the month of April with longer days and somewhat cooler air, in this tropical environment that means 70-80 degrees and less humidity. Baby chicks float in canals learning how to be duck-like from mama, one of them having a whopping ten chicks following. Lime green iguanas litter docks and yards, a nuisance to many I suppose. Fuchsia bushes, purple vines, bright pink and Yellow trees vividly blooming. Spring is definitely in the air with procreation abound as nature brilliantly displays its awe-inspiring beauty. Even the grass seems more lush and the sky radiant blue.
Everyone is outside this week, as if we were in a deep freeze the prior months. It’s Florida, winter wasn’t so bad. But recently I’ve seen more people walking, jogging, landscaping and boating. I applaud any outdoor activity, engaging in the open-air environment daily myself. This past week, the change of season brought me inside for a bit of spring cleaning. Dusting, washing cabinets, throwing away ragged rugs, tossing Christmas candles and out-of-season scented soaps. All to make room for fresh fragrances and colors associated with Spring, combined with a true need to purify the house. Replaced by aromas such as Peach Bellini, Caribbean Escape, Coconut Lime, and Mango Maui.
Easter, the oldest Christian holiday and perhaps the oldest celebration in human culture, symbolizes fertility and rebirth. Observed on the first Sunday after the first full moon following the northern hemisphere’s spring equinox, occurring anytime between March 21 and April 25. The concept of spring and rebirth is not unique to Christians.
Easter’s earliest reference comes from Babylon around 2400 BCE, with festivities honoring the moon and the spring equinox. The holiday and many of its non-religious traditions have Pagan roots. Easter is likely named after the Anglo-Saxon mother goddess, Eostre. Her symbol was a rabbit and an egg, because of fertility and new life, although some say the ancients saw a Hare in the full moon. Anglo- Saxons ate hot cross buns to honor their estrogen goddess during spring celebrations. Some say the bun represented the moon and the cross the moon’s quarters. For Christians it symbolizes the crucifixion of Jesus, the son of God.
Many cultures throughout history have celebrated spring equinox, when light is equal to darkness. After a long dismal winter, they incorporate themes of decent into darkness, renewal, fertility, and the ultimate triumph of light over darkness or good over evil. A celebration I consider worthy as the oldest and most celebrated tradition in human history. Whatever your belief or reason to embrace this life-giving season, do so wholeheartedly.
If you ignore beauty, you will soon find yourself without it… But if you invest in beauty, it will remain with you all the days of your life.
– Frank Lloyd Wright