Spring is a time for renewal and rebirth, and the festivals celebrated around the world reflect this seasonal shift. Festivals help bring communities together to share the joy of the season, and to look forward to times to come. The following are spring festivals to many cultures and faiths, and include a list of resources to foster ideas for special ways to celebrate these important days.
St. Patrick’s Day ~ March 17th
Holi ~ March 27th
Purim ~ February 23rd and 24th
Spring Equinox~ March 20th at 1:14 am
April Fools Day ~ April 1st
Good Friday ~ March 29th
Eastertide ~ March 31st
Passover ~ March 25th – April 2nd
Earth Day ~ April 22nd
May Day ~ May 1st
Mother’s Day ~ May 12th
Wesak ~ May 24th-26th
The following is a list of wonderful books and websites that will give you more information on each of these festivals (as well as many others), and that will help you and your family celebrate each to its fullest.
The Children’s Year by Stephanie Cooper, Christine Fynes-Clinton and Marye Rowling
All Year Round by Ann Druitt, Christine Fynes-Clinton and Marje Rowling
Festivals Together: A Guide to Multi-Cultural Celebration by Sue Fitzjohn, Minda Weston and Judy Large
A Child’s Seasonal Treasury by Betty Jones
Circle Round by Starhawk, Diane Baker and Anne Hill
Festivals, Family and Food by Diana Carey and Judy Large
Heaven on Earth: A Handbook for Parents of Young Children by Sharifa Oppenheimer
Beyond the Rainbow Bridge: Nurturing our Children from Birth to Seven by Barbara J. Patterson, Pamela Bradley and and Jean Riordan
This piece was compiled by the editors of Rhythm of The Home.