Spring Traditions

What a strange thing! to be alive. beneath cherry blossoms. ― Kobayashi Issa, Poems.

Spring, the season that not only spruces up the earth with a riot of colors but also carries a treasure trove of symbolism across different cultures. It’s like Mother Nature’s version of a universal festival, celebrated by humans and nature alike, each with their own unique traditions and interpretations.


In ancient Persia, the New Year festival of Nowruz marks the first day of spring, symbolizing the “rebirth of nature.” This is the time when Persians perform a grand spring cleaning, or ‘khooneh tekouni’, which literally means ‘shaking the house’! Imagine giving your home such a vigorous shake that all the old and dusty vibes fall out to make room for the new and shiny ones.


Then there’s the Jewish tradition of Passover, where spring cleaning takes on a more culinary twist. Households are purged of all yeast-based foods, which is like telling all things puffy and risen, “You shall not pass… over into spring!” It’s a symbolic gesture to embrace simplicity and start anew.

May Day

May Day, or the first day of May, is another springtime favorite. It’s like the Earth’s own birthday party, where everyone’s invited, including the workers, thanks to its association with the labor movement. In the past, Romans would celebrate Floralia, a festival for Flora, the goddess of flowers. They’d throw beans and lupins at each other, which sounds like the ancient version of a floral food fight.

Painted Eggs

And who can forget the iconic painted eggs? These aren’t just for hiding from kids in the garden; they’re steeped in history. From ancient Egyptian and Sumerian cultures to Christian traditions, these colorful little ovals represent fertility, rebirth, and new beginnings. It’s like saying, “Hey world, let’s start this life thing all over again, but this time, let’s make it more colorful!”

Cupid’s Arrow

In many cultures, spring is also a time for love and romance. It’s when people are more likely to hold hands and walk through parks, under the blooming cherry blossoms or alongside fields of tulips. It’s as if spring is Cupid’s favorite season, and he’s working overtime.

Cherry Bossom Festival

Let’s not forget the National Cherry Blossom Festival in the US, where Washington D.C. turns into a pink and white wonderland. It’s a floral tribute to the friendship between Japan and the United States, and it’s the only time when being ‘cherry-picked’ is a good thing.

So, as we tiptoe through the tulips of spring’s rich symbolism, let’s remember that this season is more than just allergies and rain showers. It’s a universal celebration of life, love, and the eternal hope for renewal. Now, go out there and enjoy the symphony of nature’s rebirth, but maybe keep some tissues handy, just in case spring’s enthusiasm gets you right in the sinuses.

Happy Spring! 🌷





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