The Spring or Vernal Equinox falls on March 20th. Equinox means "equal night" so from the Spring Equinox, the days will begin to get longer. A great day to celebrate the renewed life of the Earth, to draw strength and hope from nature, to recharge your batteries, and to breathe life into slumbering projects. Or to start a whole new adventure.
The Vernal Equinox is also the time when the sun rises at the North Pole for the first time in six months!
(I think this is actually a picture of the sunset at the North Pole, rather than the sunrise, but it's such an amazing picture!)
March is named after Mars, the Roman god of war.
March, or Martius, was the first month of the Roman calendar, the time when military campaigns were resumed after the Winter. So it's a good time to resume battles of our own, perhaps? To refocus our efforts and determination. Or to come up with some new strategies.
March is often a stormy month. It started with a huge storm, here, which is apparently a good omen for the end of the month to be sunny and warm.
The birthstone for March is Aquamarine.
This beautiful gem is linked to sea and sky with it's blue-green, watery hues. It is said to help give direction in life, to lift the spirits and to calm the nerves.
The flower associated with March is the lovely sunny daffodil, which means "the sun shines when I'm with you!" (More links to the language and meaning of flowers.)
March is full of celebratory days:
March 1st - St. David's Day
March 8th - International Women's Day
March 17th - St. Patrick's Day
March 19th - St. Joseph's Day
The Japanese celebrate Hanami at the end of March. This is the traditional Japanese custom of enjoying the beauty of flowers, particularly Cherry Blossom.
Thinking about flowers (again!) ...
March also includes Mothers' Day, of course, which we often celebrate with flowers.
Hope you all had a fab day yesterday!
These beauties were from Eldest daughter:
And so was the card that says, To My Lovely Wife on Mothers' Day! (Haha!)
She said she had to get that one because it said exactly what she wanted to say:
I love you very much
Bless! I was really touched (sniff!)
Still looking forward to Youngest Daughter's awesome card, which I did get a glimpse of on Saturday, as I passed her in the kitchen (up to her ears in tissue paper, glue and sparkles), but which she hid on Saturday night and did such a good job that it hasn't been seen since!
Are you feeling full of the joys of Spring?
Or maybe, as mad as a March Hare?
Either way, have an excellent month!