Monday, 13 March 2017

Spring is here!

Spring is here!

As I strode out in the morning air with Monty (my border collie), I could feel the warmer breeze of Spring on my face.  Thank goodness, we are getting less cold windy weather now!

As I walked along the path next to the green I spotted a clump of crocuses.  A splendid burst of purple, white and yellow.  Just the sight of the spring flowers made my spirits lift and it got me wondering what traditions happen around the world to mark the arrival of Spring.

In a celebration of the triumph of good over bad, the colourful Holi tradition takes place in late February or early March. The festival originated as Hindu tradition, but is now a cultural experience that has radiated to other parts of the world. This year in Ipswich the festival is on Sunday 2nd April 2017.

Last year I went to the Holi Festival in Ipswich. What a fun assault on your senses; delicious smells were coming from the tents serving traditional Indian foods as loud music was played for the dancers. As coloured powder was thrown around, I ended up looking like a paint shade chart.

To usher in the Spring season, people participate in bonfires and parties the night before Holi. The next day, the masses gather on the streets for a giant colour fight, throwing dyed powder onto each other. The carefree revelry offers a chance to connect with other human beings and let go of any past hardships.

Hundreds of miles away in Bosnia, thousands congregate for the "Festival of Scrambled Eggs" every March as Spring begins. The focus is on the egg, a symbol of new life, as the new season starts. Mass amounts of scrambled eggs are cooked in huge pots and then handed out fo

The tradition dates back a few hundred years and attracts visitors from around the country.

I don’t know about you but I fancy an egg for my breakfast now!