What is spring?


According to Wikipedia spring is: One of the four conventional temperate seasons, following winter and preceding summer. There are various technical definitions of spring, but local usage of the term varies according to local climate, cultures and customs. When it is spring in the Northern Hemisphere, it is autumn in the Southern Hemisphere and vice versa. 

Spring is also the season associated with renewal and rebirth. The Persian New Year  (Nouroz) is for example, on Equinox. The celebration is about arrival of the sun and spring. This feast has been celebrated since ancient times and is derived from Zoroastrianism.

When do one know that the spring is here? Unfortunately one can not just go for the weather, as some years we have snow in April. According to the meteorological spring, the daily average temperature for seven constructive days should be above 0 degrees (Celcius) but below 10 degrees.

Other spring character can for example be when the spring flowers begin to appear, the birds sings higher than usual, many animals wakes up and allergies begins. During modern times, Spring has also meant seasonal start for colony lots and gardening, tire change and spring cleaning witch means going through wardrobes and cleaning the windows.

In Sweden, spring can also be associated with Valborg, which actually originates from Germany and Saint  Walpurgis, who was an abbot and proprietor of a monastery within the Catholic church. She became sainted in the 1400 centuray, First than the Germans began celebrating Valborg (Walpurgistag).

Then we have the cultural interpretations of spring, such as Prague 1968, which emerged when  former Czechoslovakia tried to introduce a more open political system in the country. We also have the Arab Spring which is a series of political protests to overthrow the dictatorship and increase liberalization. The Arab spring began in Tunisia and then spread to Algeria, Egypt, Bahrain, Libya, Yemen and Syria where it is still in progress.

Text: Tandis Talay
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