The sun’s shining brighter, the days are getting longer, and the air feels warmer. Finally, it’s spring again! Retirement residences near you are seeing so many signs of spring.
One of the many indicators of spring in Ontario is the changes in nature and wildlife behavior. Animals are rising from hibernation and migrating wildlife are passing through. You can also catch sap flowing from trees that are sprouting new tree buds.
Spring Equinox Legends for Our Senior Residence
The many changes in the atmosphere aren’t the only thing that spring brings. There are also different legends and traditions that surround the season. Here are different spring legends across the globe.
1. Weather- Predicting Groundhogs
One of the most common folklore tales of spring comes earlier in the winter. It is predicting when it will start based on the activity of local groundhogs. It is said that if a groundhog comes out from hibernation and sees its shadow, we will have 6 more weeks of winter. If it doesn’t see its shadow, it means an early arrival of spring weather.
In Canada, provinces have their respective resident groundhogs. There’s Fred the groundhog from Quebec and Shubenacadie Sam in Nova Scotia. This year, both of them saw their shadows, which means spring was late.
2. Balancing Egg Act
Legends say that the only day you can keep an egg standing on its end is during the spring equinox. They say it’s because the Earth and Sun have equal gravity on this day as day and night are more or less equal in length.
Do you and your friends at your senior residence want to test if this legend is true?
3. Spring Fever
You may notice a restlessness in people’s behavior or your own. This can be caused by spring fever, something that happens come April and May.
There has not been an exact explanation as to why this is. However, there are a few theories, like the change in temperature, length of the day, and sleeping patterns. Not very scientific, but that never stopped anyone from believing it!
4. The Easter Bunny
We’re all familiar with the Easter bunny. However, according to legend, Easter was originally associated with a hare. It was considered to be a symbol of fertility and the return of spring. It is also said that it’s the hare that lays the colorful eggs that kids hunt for on Easter Sunday.
While this sounds rosy, there was a contradiction to the positive meaning of the hare. It was also thought to be witches in disguise, creating mischief.
Whatever you believe, it is still a season largely associated with hope and new beginnings.
Retirement Residence Near You
At Livita Retirement Residences, each year we embrace the coming of spring in Ontario. It’s a wonderful shift from the cold winter weather. We cannot be happier that we get to spend more time outdoors this season.
Are you looking for a senior residence this spring? Livita’s commitment to giving active seniors not just a comfortable but also a vibrant life is what sets us apart.
Learn more about our community! Give us a call today to speak with one of our professional and friendly team members.