To be honest, I never really look forward to spring. For me, spring is the allergy-ridden season prolonging my desperate wait for the sweet, less pollinated, summertime.
Although spring is not a fun time for me, it is definitely symbolized as a joyous season around the world. Spring is the time when the harsh cold subsides, allowing vegetation and flora to once again illuminate the earth with light, color and vitality.
Despite my resentment for spring healthwise, I find the celebrations that come with the season as both fascinating and enjoyable. Whether it's the cherry blossoms flourishing in Washington D.C., spring break in Miami Beach or eating Easter Sunday dinner after church, spring calls us all to be thankful for the joys that come with being alive.
5 Spring Celebrations Around the World
#1 Cimburijada (Festival of Scrambled Eggs) in Bosnia
Every spring, the people in the town of Zenica take breakfast to a whole new level! To celebrate the first day of the season, they scramble up a massive heap of eggs to be served with bread (kinda like the breakfast sandwich you get at Wawa, minus the bacon and cheese). After eating the breakfast of champions, festival goers celebrate with music, drinking and socialization by riverside.
#2 Cooper's Hill Cheese-Rolling & Wake in England
Every year, people from around the world flock to Cooper's Hill, near Gloucester, to take part in this peculiar tradition. Participants of the event race each other, chasing a 9lb round of Double Gloucester cheese down a hill. The person who catches it first is named the winner and receives a prize. The race is actually really dangerous! The likelihood of getting injured is pretty darn high. Oh the things people do for the queso!
#3 Nowruz in Iran
Norwuz, the Persian New Year, translates to “new day”. The celebration, lasting 13 days, is an ancient tradition dating back to the times before Islam (at least 3,000 years ago). During this time, Persian families set up a haftseen, a table adorned with 7 symbolic objects and food items. Each item starts with the letter “s” and represent good fortunes and virtues for the new year.
#4 Baba Marta Day in Bulgaria
Every March 1st, Bulgarians bring in the new year paying homage to their folklore figure, Baba Marta. In mythical stories, Baba Marta yields the power to end winter and create the springtime. In celebration, Bulgarians exchange martenitsi, cute red and white ornaments. Red symbolizes birth and health, while white symbolizes light and virtue.
#5 Songkran Water Festival in Thailand
Songkran, meaning “to move”, happens from April 13th-15th. Thailand brings in their new year by drenching in each other in water, meant to symbolize blessings for the new year. The celebration begins when elephants give out the initial sprays. From there, the festival turns into the ultimate Nerf battleground!
How do you celebrate spring?
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