The word equinox is derived from the Latin words meaning “equal night.” Days and nights are approximately equal everywhere and the Sun rises and sets due east and west.
Spring is also the time when worms begin to emerge from the earth, ladybugs land on screen doors, green buds appear, birds chirp, and flowers begin to bloom. The vernal, or spring, equinox signals the beginning of nature’s renewal in the Northern Hemisphere.
Spring, to me, brings new life and celebrations of this renewed period of the earth. It opens fresh doors and opportunities, the placing in the ground of vegetables to “spring forth” their flavorsome abundance for all to take pleasure in.
During this time of renewal, I will share recipes and stories of childhood memories; Shared by my mother from lands near and far. We will explore cultures, ways of living and the foods that made and continues to make our lives “whole.”
“One swallow does not make a spring.
Bluebirds are a sign of spring; warm weather and gentle south breezes they bring.
In spring, no one thinks of the snow that fell last year.
Don’t say that spring has come until you can put your foot on nine daisies.
The whole Earth smiles, thy coming to greet.”
Also, according to folklore, you can stand a raw egg on its end on the equinox. I’m planning to give this a try! Who’s in it with me?