Spring Equinox (2018) celebrated in all different ways:
Chungfen: The Chinese spring equinox celebrates the swallows flying back from Southern China. They stand eggs up, eat spring vegetable soup, eat Tang Yuan and hang tang yuan on bamboo sticks in the fields to keep the sparrows away. They sweep their ancestors’ tombs and worship them with offerings, etc.
Ostara: The olde worlde Germanic Pagan Easter, so decorate eggs:
We made a treasure hunt hiding gold foil-wrapped sweets at the bottom of paper rainbows blue-tacked around the house.
We built a leprechaun trap and eat green pea soup with fruit rainbows and ice cream for pudding. Learn about the order of colours in a rainbow, where Ireland is, about the folklore of leprechauns and a bit of Irish dancing for good measure.
White Day (Japan and Korea: girls gave boys chocolates on Valentine’s Day, now the boys give the girls a present back. On Valentine’s Day some women give out Giri choco, or ‘obligation chocolates’, to male coworkers without signifying romantic interest; those men still have to get a present to give back. In China it is the opposite, and now the boys’ turn to receive a gift.)
1885 Gilbert & Sullivan’s Mikado premiers, so listen to the songs or play Mikado the game: