It's spring, babies.

Five Real Vernal Equinox Celebrations

When is the Spring Equinox? For the northern hemisphere, it’s today! The North American East Coast is already in springtime, and the West Coast will be there by before the lunch hour ends. It’s also the start of the year for many cultures, what with the whole rebirth and flowering and bunnies and eggs business.

  • Holi, the Hindu Festival of Colors, is one good way to start your spring. If you’re in Portland, Oregon, there’s a big Holi celebration called Rang Barse starting Saturday at the Washington County fairgrounds.
  • Gandalf and the rest of the druids have already done their thing at Stonehenge this morning, but it will still be rocking tonight! Maybe. Beware of Dementors.
  • It’s New Year’s Day in Iran! The festival of Nowruz (or Norooz) has begun. And in Los Angeles, with the second-largest Persian population outside of Iran, there are events all week long and into the weekend. These events are based on eating Persian food.
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Can You Get a Spring Garden Going This Weekend? (Yes)

With spring equinox two days away and Daylight Savings Time providing plenty of light after work, serious gardeners are already doing god knows what in preparation for a summer of fresh food from their yard. Less serious gardeners may be wondering if chance will somehow arrange everything this year, unlike all those other years.

Maybe you just need a little encouragement to get out the door and come back with $40 worth of supplies and seeds—six hours later, you will have a small garden started. Use these Words of Wisdom from people who know about such things and you’ve got some insurance against disappointment.  (more…)