Rights of Spring

It’s almost here!  After a miserable winter of record snow and rain, I’m ready for spring.  My early warning system – crocuses – have already cropped up outside the backdoor.

Although not every country (or region) marks four distinctly different seasons, it’s interesting to learn about how similar spring celebrations are around the world.  Here’s just a sample:

In Iran, people celebrate Nowruz, which means New Day.  During this holiday – which is celebrated for 13 days – people clean their homes, jump over bonfires to illustrate the triumph of good over evil, and visit elderly relatives.  On the last day of the holiday, people plan visits to local parks to appreciate nature.

In India, they celebrate Holi, also known as the Festival of Colors.  For this holiday, they also light bonfires and they throw colored powder and water at each other.  It looks hilarious – and messy.  This may be the country that originated spring cleaning!

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