7 ways to celebrate Ostara (Spring Equinox)
Ostara is one of the Spring festivals, on the pagan Wheel of the year, that coincides with the Spring Equinox.
Day and night are equal, but moving forward we are entering the brighter part of the year when we will be basking in sunlight longer each day until Midsummer. You can read more about the meaning of Spring Equinox and how we can use this time of the year to find balance in our lives in this blog post: "Spring Equinox - time to find balance in our life" (<--click to read)
On this occasion, we are saying our final goodbyes to Winter and the upcoming weekend is a great opportunity for some outdoor activities with the whole family.
Does the name remind you of “Easter”? It should because the Christian celebration of Easter is directly inspired by this cheerful pagan sabbath.
Ostara or Eostre is a Germanic goddess of Spring and growing light. Pagans used to worship her and held festivals and feasts in her honour during the month of April.
It signifies new beginnings. That’s why the popular symbols are eggs, rabbits, flower bulbs and seeds as they represent fertility and joy of life.
There are many ways you can celebrate Ostara. Below I listed a few of activities/ rituals that my family & I practice:
- Light a candle - this little ritual applies for all Spring Festivals. By doing this we are symbolically sending the darkness and cold away, it is an encouraging sign also for the sun to share its warmth and light with us
- Sun Salutations - what better way to welcome back the sun than to greet it with the yoga movement meant to honour it!
- Plant seeds - this is a big thing in my family because we all LOVE pumpkins and this will be the second year in a row when we are going to grow our favourite plant! We just love this iconic Autumn fruit (yes, pumpkin is a fruit, not vegetable!) and at the end of March, in the UK, is the best time to plant it.
- Go for a nature walk - as simple as that, be present and truly connect with Mother Nature. Look closely for signs of new life.
- Clean and smudge your house - don’t forget about unused cupboards and corners as negative and stagnant energy likes to “hide” in places like that. Clean and smudge with the intention of getting rid of the old and welcome the new.
- Decorate your home with Spring symbols - colourful eggs, cute little bunnies, bright flowers that you can easily buy in the shop or even better - do some DIY projects with your kids.
- Feast - holding a feast was one of the main ways to celebrate most of the sabbaths for our ancestors. Traditional foods for Ostara are eggs, dairy, leafy green vegetables, honey, seeds, homemade cakes decorated in Spring colours: yellow, blue, pink, green, white etc
What are your ways of celebrating Spring and the light returning? Let me know in the comments!