Celebrating the first day of spring

March 21st marks the Vernal Equinox in the Northern Hemisphere. This is also traditionally called Ostara. It is the day when night and day have equal hours, and spring has begun. This is the day when many people will go bird watching as the flocks return to the north. It is also the time when courtships begin; it is a time for sowing, and a time for births. Easter has its beginnings during the Vernal Equinox. It is now that eggs are dyed, hidden and hunted.

So how does one go about celebrating the first day of spring? Many of us do that already when preparing for Easter. The same decorations should be used - the bunnies, the chicks and the bright colors, everything that reminds you of new life, fertility, and a new start.

Ostara feasts will include fish, eggs, sweet breads and sweet desserts. Some traditional menus will include eggnog, hot cross buns, egg cheese, baked salmon, and tansy pudding - just about anything that has egg in it is appropriate.

If the day is pleasant, pack a picnic dinner and head out to enjoy the sight, sounds and smells of spring.

Happy Ostara!