The spring equinox, also referred as vernal equinox, occurs when the sun moves into Aries around the 20th or 21st of March every year. On the day of the spring equinox, the hours of sunlight are just about equal to the hours of night. Equinoxes only occur twice a year, so why not mark the occasion with a spring equinox celebration? Here are a few ideas to inspire you to kick off the season doing things that truly bring you pleasure and joy.
Outdoor Spring Equinox Celebration Ideas
Whether you celebrate by yourself, with family, or with friends, make your equinox celebration an homage to Mother Nature by getting outside and enjoying the growing hours of daylight.
Go for a Nature Walk
Nothing like being able to go on a nature walk again after a long, cold winter. And if you live in a very cold state, you won't take this opportunity for granted. Celebrate the spring equinox outdoors with a lovely walk in the woods, breathing in the fresh air and taking a moment to look at the things around you and all the beauty that spring has to offer.
Start a Garden
Nothing beats homegrown herbs, fruits, and vegetables for freshness and flavor. If you have been meaning to start a garden, this is the time to do it. Growing your own garden is extremely rewarding and will give you and family something fun to do outdoors while enjoying the beautiful spring weather.
Have a Picnic
Break out the picnic basket and blanket and invite your loved ones for a lovely spring picnic. You can opt for a spot near the park where the kids can have fun at a playground or play outdoor games, such as croquet or a sack race. The spring equinox is a great opportunity to start enjoying the outdoors and kick off the get-togethers with family and friends once again.
Plan a Bonfire Party
What better way to kick off the spring season than with a bonfire? The weather is warmer, and the days are longer. It's a great excuse to invite family and friends over for the ultimate bonfire party to kick off spring equinox. Keep it simple with campfire foods and beverages. To keep the party going, plan a few exciting outdoor activities that are perfect for adults and kids. Just remember to build a fire before the guests arrive.
Create Your own Rebirth Ritual
Create your own rebirth ritual to reconnect with the earth on the first day of Spring. You can perform the ritual alone or in a group, preferably outside, in the early morning as the sun rises. Light a green candle in honor of the blossoming earth. Inhale deeply to find balance between you and the earth, light and dark, winter and summer, warmth and cold. Focus on the air around you. Feel the cold grass between your toes and the sun shining on your face. You and friends can make an offering by planting a seed to honor your connections with Earth and the communities around you.
Take a Goat Yoga Class
The arrival of a new season and warmer weather can definitely lift up spirits and inspire people to get active and spend more time outdoors. If you are into Yoga but would like to take things up a notch, consider taking a goat yoga class to celebrate spring in a unique and fun way. Petting a goat while practicing yoga can be extremely therapeutic, improve self-esteem and overall mental and physical health.
Spring Equinox Entertaining
Whether you invite a few people or many, these spring equinox parties will have you celebrating the season in style.
Prepare a Delicious Meal
Plan a delicious meal to celebrate the first day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere. Whether you are hosting an intimate get-together or inviting a large group of friends, celebrating the vernal equinox with great food while catching up with loved ones is a great way to kick off the season. You can opt for simple homemade vegetable soup as your starter and serve a savory beef and potato stew as your entree. And since rhubarb is the first fruit of spring in many areas, treat your guests to a delightful homemade rhubarb pie for dessert.
Plan a Garden Tea Party for the Kids
A garden tea party for the kids is a lovely way to celebrate the new season. Complement your spring tablescape with fresh linens, vintage teapot, teacups, and fresh flowers. Keep the tea party menu simple by serving just enough sweets, which can include French macarons in different flavors and pastel meringues. To keep the kids engaged, you can remind them to bring their own teddy bear and plan an exciting Sugar Cube Stacking Competition by giving each kid a box of sugar cubes. Set the timer for one minute. The participant who can stack the most sugar cubes wins.
Host an Outdoor Wine Tasting Party
With spring in full swing, break out the fancy stemware to host a lovely spring wine tasting party where everyone can bring a wine bottle to share. The wonderful thing about hosting a wine tasting party is that it gives guests something to chat about, even if they don't know each other. It's all about socializing, making new friends, and finding a new great wine or two you really like. A wine glass is good on its own, but no wine tasting is complete without delicious appetizers to nibble on, so be sure to select the perfect wine pairings. To add more excitement to your event, consider these entertaining wine tasting games.
Plan a Grazing Board Night
Invite family and friends to celebrate the first day of spring with an al fresco dinner. For a unique creative spin, an impressive grazing board is the answer for your spring entertaining. The great thing about a grazing board is that you can customize to your liking by adding your favorite nibbles. A grazing board is not a charcuterie. It's not a cheese board. It's both and more, so grab your extra large wooden boards to build the ultimate grazing board to welcome the season - think seasonal fruit and vegetables, fresh dips, crackers, meats and cheeses, and you can even add bite-size snacks and desserts. To complement your grazing board, delightful spring cocktails will keep the party going. Add elegance to your outdoor get-together with pretty fresh blooms to remind everyone what spring is all about.
Creative Ways to Celebrate Spring Equinox
Do you or someone you know love to craft? Spring equinox celebrations are the perfect time to get crafty. So warm up your hot glue gun and get ready to create some spring crafts.
If you are looking for something relaxing to do to kick off the Spring season, you can plan an egg decorating activity for the entire family. Everyone can let their creative juices flow and come up with their own designs. Ceramic or wooden eggs are great options if you are planning to use them as part of your home decor throughout the season.
Draw and Paint Outdoors
Celebrating the first day of spring drawing and painting sounds like the perfect way to get creative outdoors, so go outside, look around and get inspired by the beautiful sceneries spring can offer. All you need is a sketchbook, paint, brushes and your creativity to express yourself and the world around on a piece of paper.
Build a Birdhouse
Flowers are blooming, birds are singing, and the first day of spring is officially here. If you and family love to spend time out in the backyard watching the birds while reading a book or sipping a cup of coffee, building a birdhouse should be on top of your list. Placing appropriate birdhouses will encourage many different bird species to visit your property, giving you and loved ones the opportunity to enjoy their antics and chirping sounds.
Make a Flower Wreath
If you are feeling extra crafty and would like to give your front door life with a flower wreath, spring is the perfect excuse to gather your tools and supplies. If you are opting for a fresh flower wreath, remember you will need to pre-soak your oasis for at least 30 minutes before adding your greeneries and flowers, always starting with small blooms and berries to form a solid base for your wreath.
Celebrate Spring With a Spruced Up Space
Spring cleaning is a thing for a reason. As the hours of daylight grow longer, you may notice things got a little dingy or cluttered during the winter. Now is the perfect time to clean it all up outdoors and indoors. When it's done, you'll notice you feel lighter and open to the possibilities that come during the spring.
Donate Clothes You No Longer Need
Checking your wardrobe to get rid of clothes you no longer wear is a fresh way to start a new season. You can kindly help an organization by donating pieces of gently worn clothes that are just taking up space. By decluttering your closet, you will make room for new pieces that best fit your current needs and you feel proud of your good deed.
Start a Spring Cleaning
Kicking off the season of renewal with a clean, decluttered space. Cleaning and organizing the space you spend most of your time in can keep your immune system strong, boost your mood and keep you active. According to Marie Kondo, "The biggest benefit of decluttering is creating more time to spend on what's meaningful to you," so get rid of things that no longer serve you and make room for more things that bring you joy.
Brighten Your Space With Fresh Plants
Adding new plants to your space has wonderful visual and health benefits. Plants purify the air in your home, help reduce stress and make rooms look fresh and peaceful. You can start by doing some research to find plants that will fit into your space, considering certain plants need more sunlight or water than others.
The Season of Renewal
The spring equinox is a season of renewal. The landscape begins to turn green, the cold breezes grow warm, and people become more active, awakening from their winter hibernation. Whether you enjoy peaceful time reading a book or gathering with friends for a picnic, spring is here to inspire everyone to make a commitment try spend more time outdoors and try something new.