Hello, here we are at the start of another week. And the weather is as glorious as ever. I have been getting my daily dose of the outdoors - thank goodness for a bike, nice weather and glorious countryside - I feel very blessed to live where I live. If you can, take this time when we have to keep away from each other physically, not virtually! to really be kind to yourself and if you can't or haven't got a green space to escape in, lean out of your window, take 3 full deep breaths in and out, let the sun shine on your face and the wind blow away the worries even for 5 minutes and take time to enjoy the present moment and being alive. It is amazing what 3 deep breaths can do to lift the spirit a little and keep us going in this time.
So, I've gone back to my research of Spring Traditions from around the world and here are five more for you all to enjoy. Hopefully 2021 Springtime may bring the opportunity to have a go at some of these lovely uplifting traditions.
Many thanks and acknowledgements go to mentalfloss.com for all of these fantastic traditions.
EVEN MORE EGGS
Some of our egg-hunting, -painting, and -cooking traditions may also trace roots to ancient Latvia, where the dealing and consumption of eggs on the spring equinox involved a great mess of superstition. The stealing of an egg would result in bad luck, and (much more curiously) the eating of a hard-boiled egg without salt was considered the mark of a dishonest man.
But the best of these principles had to do with romance. If a girl were to bestow upon a boy…
Two eggs: It meant she wasn’t interested. Three eggs: It meant she might be interested. Four eggs: It meant she intended to marry him for his money. Five eggs: It meant she was madly in love.
THE EASTER BUNNY
He may be rooted in American folk lore but the Easter Bunny actually comes from German paganism. In German mythology, he was in the form of an egg-laying hare called Osterhase and Oschter Haws. When German immigrants moved across to America and landed in Pennsylvania in the 1700s, he took root here and the tradition has grown every since.
EASTER SWEETS AND CHOCOLATE
The Easter Bunny’s annual gifts of chocolate and sweets is a relatively new tradition. People first began to exchange sweets on Easter in the Victorian age, when new sweet-making technology allowed for the creation of hollow chocolate sculptures. While still of a high quality, these confections were less expensive and less time-consuming to make than they had been before, leading to a sweet market boom.
It is not surprising to find that the popularity of baby sheep at Easter and in spring decorations has its beginnings in Christianity - Jesus is known as the 'Lamb of God' and lamb is an Easter dinner meat. This addition to the Easter menu comes again from the affiliation with Jesus, but also because Jews would eat lamb during Passover historically, and when they converted to Christianity, they carried on with the tradition of eating lamb.
Known alternatively as “lany poniedziałek,” “Śmigus-Dyngus,” or (best of all) “Dyngus Day,” Poland’s particularly joyful Easter Monday tradition is total anarchy for neighbourhood children, who drench one another with buckets of water (often while the victim is still asleep in bed). One theory attributes the practice once again to the botanical affections of European pagans, likening the waterlogging of friends to the saturation of the holy Corn Mother.
Hope these traditions have made you smile. Keep smiling, breathing and treasuring small moments of happiness throughout your day. See you soon with Part 3. Until then, stay safe.