Updated: Mar 9
Oh, the how we all yearn for that first bud on the trees and the beginnings of green grass beneath our feet...or at least I know I am!
The spring, or Vernal equinox, is that turning point for those of us in the northern hemisphere. It is the day where we finally start to see the daylight begin to overpower the dark, and where we begin to notice all of the signs of rebirth. It typically falls between March 19 & 22 of each year. In 2022, the equinox occurs on March 20th
There are many spring festivals that occur on or near this date, such as Holi to Purim. That which is celebrated by Witches and other Pagans is Ostara or Eostre. Name sound familiar? That is because the name has been adapted for the Christian holiday of Easter. In fact, you can see many representation of Easter that have been borrowed from pagan spring festivals.
The name, Easter, is taken from the Gaulish goddess of springtime, Ostara or Eostre. Things we commonly associate with this holiday, represent the time of birth/re-birth, and the planting seeds. These include eggs, pretty spring flowers, and of course bunnies (as we all know the rumor as to how fast they preproduce.) Some pf the more common ideas for celebrating the season are listed below!
Witchy fact: We all know that Easter falls on different days each year. This is because the Church was afraid of Easter falling on the spring equinox and pagans secretly celebrating their ancient traditions. Thus, it was decided that Easter would be celebrated on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the spring equinox, and notably embraced the traditions for themselves.
Ostara/Spring Equinox Celebration Ideas:
Colors: Bright Green, Pink, Light Blue, Yellow
Crystals: Clear Quartz, Aventurine, Rose Quartz
Plants: Daffodils, Narcissus, Grasses
Foods: Eggs (decorated, chocolate, or egg dishes), Spring Greens, Mustard
Decorations: Decorated eggs, Ostra candles, bunny shape decor or small gifts, daffodils