Toronto may be under sub-seasonal temperatures, yet spring is fairly and squarely in the air! The sun has been shining (albeit the breeze feels quite chilly still), birds are chirping exuberantly, and trees are showing signs of bursting with fruit. Spring festivals are adding to the zeal and cheer of the season, welcoming outdoor adventure while bidding goodbye to wintry hibernation.
Easter and Passover are celebrated as time of rebirth and new beginnings, whereas Japan hotly anticipates the arrival of cherry blossoms during spring. The colorful Hindu festival of Holi is observed primarily in India and Nepal, but also among the Indian diaspora scattered all across the globe like UK, USA, Australia etc. Celebrations begin with a bonfire the previous evening where revelers sing and dance into the wee hours of the morning. The following day begins early with a lot of traditional sweets and food preparations, prayers and eventually, the long-awaited game of throwing colored water and smearing dry color on friends and family.
It’s no wonder that spring is the most blissful season of the year. As trees gear up to deck themselves with fresh new leaves, so should we humans turn the page on gloomy and depressing chapters of our lives to start afresh. Temperatures are moderate: you can ditch the many layers winter imposes to keep warm and it’s not scorching hot yet so enjoy the cool, soothing breeze on your face and feel rejuvenated! There are more hours in the day and nature is full of miracles everyday as animals reproduce to feed on the bounty of spring food.
With spring comes spring cleaning. Whether or not we de-clutter our houses and wardrobes, the cleaning itself is symbolic of getting rid of useless aka cumbersome items (read thoughts in the context of human mind) to make room for meaningful and insightful possessions, both material and mental.
Lastly, the mild weather is a harbinger of crops and everything outdoor, so get into shape by eating fresh, local produce. Better still, work on your vegetable patch to grow some veggies of your own. Gardening is not only good to stay fit, it is a panacea for mental recreation. There’s nothing more satisfying than seeing your seedling blossom into a beautiful sapling. Now that you’ve ditched your coats and toques, your body will appreciate a makeover: whether it be in the form of practicing your favourite outdoor sport of golf or rollerblading, or maybe just a hairstyle change to pep things up a little. Blossom into your rightful person!
About the author:
Vinita Kinra has been featured among 150 most remarkable Canadians by Canadian Race Relations Foundation. She is a Toronto-based author, editor, speaker and activist, best known for her short story collection, Pavitra in Paris, launched to critical acclaim in 2013. She is also a contributor for India’s largest English daily, The Times of India.