|The rites of Spring are rooted in the old ways of the world. Through mythology and god/goddess stories, Spring was celebrated as a time of renewal, rebirth and passion. The earth was now waking up from its winter slumber. Excitement and anticipation were tangible!
Here is a sampling of some of the ancient holidays celebrated in April, as taken from Zsuzsanna Budapest’s book, The Grandmother of Time.
April 1st Veneralia (Roman)
April 3rd and 4th Megalisa (Phrygian and Roman)
April 5th Festival of Kwan Yin (Chinese and Japanese)
April 13th Ceralia (Roman)
April 22nd Festival of Ishtar (Babylonian)
April 27th Floralia (Central and Eastern European)
April 30th Beltane (Celtic)
These holidays were but a few of the ways our ancestors explained and expressed their understanding and appreciation for the promises of Spring. This also helps to explain why our experience of “Spring Fever” can be so intense. Restless, excited and ready to take on the world. It must be in our genes!