It’s so cool to live on a spherical planet! Just a few weeks ago we had a solar eclipse that started on Wednesday, and ended a few hours later on Tuesday (time warp?), and now we have an Equinox that happens at one moment in time, but on two days. Confused? Going by Universal Coordinated Time (UTC), this year the Spring Equinox (Ostara) happens in the early morning hours of March 20th. As a result, at the moment of the equinox, it will be Sunday, March 20th for those of us living East of the Eastern United States timezone, and still Saturday, March 19th for those living West of there. While a time warp eclipse is not common, a date-spanning Pagan holiday like this happens every year or two. And of course, our spherical planet also gives us the beautiful symmetry of the Fall Equinox (& Mabon) being celebrated now by our Southern Hemisphere friends.
Some of the ways many of us are celebrating were published a few weeks ago, but I did happen to come across this video (Nowruz is celebrated on the Spring Equinox), which is almost the same as the method my family has been using for years. However, this video shows the eggs being left in the dye much longer – overnight instead of minutes – resulting in much darker colors. We just colored eggs this way (leaving them overnight), and it works just like in the video. In fact, the eggs had nearly this much color after just an hour. In whatever way you are celebrating, Happy Equinox!
As a pagan, I don’t celebrate ostara, but Spring Equinox I do.. Great post. Those are more for Celtic and wiccian traditions.