Happy Vernal Equinox! Today’s celebration signifies approximately equal day and night all around the globe, with the sun directly over Earth’s equator. In the Northern Hemisphere the sun will appear to continue northward with the days lengthening until the Summer Solstice in June. Different cultures each uniquely welcome the season of new life, rejuvenation, and new beginnings, symbolizing plant restoration during winter, readying for the new growing season.
This is the “official” start of spring, although signs have been popping up everywhere. Longer days, more intense sunlight, and warmer temperatures signal plants to begin flowering in time to attract pollinators like bees, butterflies, birds, or bats (or the wind on breezy days) to get pollinated and then ripen and disperse seeds before winter returns.
The sunny days and warm breezes are a gentle caress after such a harsh, difficult winter – especially this year. The season of death is still with us, as people are still losing their lives to the COVID pandemic. Feeling the warm embrace and loving voices of my late parents always reminds me of how lucky we are. Who really knows how long we have left in this life? How many more times will we witness an equinox? Appreciating these gorgeous plants – seemingly here for our delight alone – flood me with gratitude and excitement for the coming year.