South Africa celebrates Spring day on 1 September every year. Spring Day marks the Vernal Equinox and takes place in different countries on varying dates.
As is the custom for any celebration South Africans are likely to celebrate Spring around a braai. Some hardy souls in Port Elizabeth celebrate Spring Day with an early morning ocean swim. (See: Celebrate spring with a dip in the ocean)
Maybe we should start a tradition of exchanging single new flowers between political, gender and race to mark a new beginning for our country each spring?
Spring Celebrations in other parts of the world:
Balance an Egg: There is an ancient Chinese belief that you can stand an egg on its end on the first day of spring. The theory goes that, due to the sun’s equidistant position between the poles of the earth at the time of the equinox, special gravitational forces apply. Just like ‘salt on a birds tail’ renders it unable to fly this is a bit of a myth but fun to try.
Dance in the Streets: Holi is an ancient Hindu festival celebrating the victory of good over evil. It takes place each year around the time of the vernal equinox. Known as the “festival of colours”, it is celebrated by tossing vibrant coloured powders onto each other and dancing in the streets.
Find a 3 leaf Clover: The symbolic plant of the equinox in