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March 21st: Springboard Day: Reinventing Ostara and Easter for the Modern Day


By A. Devia

Everybody thinks of changing Humanity and Nobody thinks of changing Himself. - L. Tolstoy

Be the change that you wish to see in the world. - Mahatma Gandhi.

"It's March," I said with a sour note.

"I love March!" exclaimed Ophelia the pixie. "Why do you sound so sad?"

"Just more meaningless holidays coming up that cost me money for junk and candy that I don't really want my kids to have anyway. I buy them candy for Easter and I feel like a bad parent. I don't buy them candy and I still feel like a bad parent and they are sad. Ostara, Easter, none of it really means anything to me. I don't think they mean much to most people these days. Think about it, what does the death and resurrection of Inanna or Jesus or whoever, have to do with the modern world or my life or even how to be a better person? And fertility rites? Really? These days, if you want to get pregnant and can't, you see a doctor not a god or goddess," I explain.

"But Devia," Ophelia countered, "The wild winds, the lambs and roaring lions, daffodils and blizzards and Springboard Day! You really should be more positive about March."

"Springboard day?"

"Yeah! Springboard Day. You know, that day where everyone grabs their clocks and jumps up and down on springs until a whole hour just disappears from the day. Then the sun stays up late and everyone starts to get happy again. It's amazing!" She practically sings with excitement as she does a little loop in the air while holding her imaginary clock in her claws.

"Hmmm…I think you mean Daylight Savings, but you just gave me a great idea! Let's make a new holiday, and call it Springboard Day."

"Do we still get to jump up and down?" the pixie asked skeptically.

"Uh, if it makes you happy sure. But more to the point, you know how everyone is always making all these resolutions and goals for New Year's?" I asked.

"Yeah, what about it?"

"Well, by March, those goals are often a fading memory. People aren't following through. They have all these great aspirations and then they just sink back into the doldrums of daily life and they never accomplish anything. People don't grow and improve - mentally, emotionally, physically or spiritually. And then, by fall they are wondering why nothing ever changes and they seem stuck. So I think we need Springboard Day! We can celebrate on March 21st, the spring equinox. It will be a day to celebrate the sunlight and the coming of better weather, but also, it can be a time to put those New Year's plans into action. A day to leap into action, to start growing, changing, improving - just like the plants that are awaking from their winter slumber," I explain with excitement. "What do you think?"

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