Spring has long served as a symbol of new life and the awakening of all nature from a long sleep. That is why she was revered and loved. The ancestors believed that with winter, not only the old snow will surely go away, but also all the misfortunes and ailments. In the spring, all everyday problems were solved, fun, luck and grace came.
In different countries, to this day, there are a variety of unusual traditions of celebrating the arrival of spring.
So, the Chinese were the most impatient in the matter of waiting for spring. Chinese New Year, which is celebrated on one of the days from January 21 to February 21, is nothing more than the Spring Festival — the most important holiday of the Middle Kingdom. It is on this day that the Chinese celebrate the awakening of nature and the beginning of a new annual cycle.
Chinese New Year.
Americans and Canadians who celebrate Groundhog Day are no less in a hurry. On February 2, when winter is still not going anywhere, they organize large-scale celebrations and find out when to wait for the arrival of spring. With the worst prediction of the groundhog, this can happen six weeks after the holiday, that is, no later than March 16.
A truly enchanting welcome to spring in India. The Holi festival, celebrated around March 19, is one of the most significant in the country. At this time, there are real mass celebrations, with all the manifestations inherent in such an event.
Holi festival in India.
From the first of March to the end of April in the land of the rising sun of Japan, hanami is held – the holiday of admiring the sakura. Across Japan, hundreds of trees are covered in pale pink flowers. Traditionally, Japanese people go out with relatives and friends, sit under cherry trees, admire the beauty, have conversations and drink sake. In honor of the holiday, festivals and lavish celebrations are held everywhere.
Holiday of admiring sakura.
At the same time, residents of some Eastern European countries, including Moldova, Bulgaria and Belarus, celebrate Martenitsa (Martsishor) on March 1. On this day, everyone gives each other red and white amulets made of woolen threads, which should be worn on clothes throughout March. White in the amulet symbolizes the masculine principle, strength, and the sun; red-the feminine principle, health, and birth.
The Greeks on Shrovetide (they call this holiday Apokries — “without meat”) set aside as much as three weeks before the start of the fast. They are preparing thoroughly for the meeting of spring: decorate the house with flowers, wreaths, garlands. The streets are full of festivities and carnival processions. The main symbol of the holiday is a wooden rod. The Greeks love pancakes, but the meat is still more. They eat it in different forms all three weeks. And on the culminating day – “Thursday tsiknopemti” – the streets are filled with mummers who are having a great time. Everyone eats their fill of fried ziknizo pork, saying, ” Goodbye, meat!”
In Mexico, to this day, a ceremony is celebrated that has its roots in the pagan past of many cultures: the day of the vernal equinox. From March 20 to 21, day and night will become equal, and the Sun will illuminate both hemispheres with its rays. A huge number of tourists come, expecting to see an impressive light effect in Chichen Itza — a feathered snake will descend to the ground.
The day of the vernal equinox in Mexico.
The rays of the sun fall in such a way that the figure of the snake casts a shadow, as if moving along the stone steps of the pyramid. In addition, they will be lucky enough to see the performance of ritual dances, colorful celebrations and theatrical performances. If you meet this holiday of the arrival of spring at the top of the pyramids, you will receive a blessing and a charge of positive energy for the whole year.
One of the most famous Spanish spring holidays is Fallas. It is indirectly related to the increase in daylight hours and is dedicated to Saint Joseph. Fallas is celebrated throughout Spain, but with a special celebration — in Valencia. This holiday is also called the festival of fire-fireworks are everywhere, firecrackers explode, and in the final they burn huge dolls, which are called fallas. Dolls often depict certain vices of humanity, politicians, fairy-tale characters, their size can reach 20 meters.