The following is a guest post from Jenna, a freelance writer who most often writes about personal finance, business, and investments. You can read more personal finance writing by Jenna at paidtwice.com. Consideration was received for the editing and publishing of this post.
Spring may well be the most welcome seasonal change of the year. Depending upon where in the U.S. you live, you might see signs of spring as early as March or as late as May. In the southeast, there is always a slight chance of a late season snow storm, but typically the first week of March is the last of the cold weather.
In the more northern states, the first of April is a more reliable indicator of spring. The Rocky Mountains and Greater Northwest sometimes see snow in April, but by May most of the U.S. has bid farewell to snow and hello to the bright green of emerging grasses and leaves. As the temperatures slowly climb and the days get longer, plants, flowers and farm animals are the most obvious signs of spring’s arrival. As trees begin budding, flowers start blooming in small waves of colors and shapes.
Crocus are usually the first to poke through the earth, followed by daffodils, jonquils and dandelions. Next, the lilies, tulips and iris arrive, in a bright palette of colors, from white to yellow to orange and purple. Easter arrives in the midst of many blooms, and many of the seasonal flowers are associated with legends and symbolism of the resurrection of Christ.
Probably the most symbolic Easter flower is the white Easter Lily, often shown in drawings to be growing at the foot of the cross. It is said that the lily sprang forth from the ground where Christ’s sweat had fallen in his final hours on the cross. There are other religious legends and traditions involving the Easter Lily, and it is popular in churches with dozens of potted lilies lining the altars and pulpits. For even the non-religious, the white Easter Lily symbolizes innocence, virtue, hope and the emergence of spring. Many families gather on Easter Sunday for a day together and a shared traditional meal of baked ham, scalloped potatoes and hot cross buns.
Family members who might not be able to attend due to distance or other obligations may actually consider Proflowers for ordering an Easter dinner centerpiece to be delivered with their regrets, or to send a potted Easter Lily to their church in their absence. Many American children receive gifts of candy and toys in Easter baskets brought by the Easter Bunny.
Many participate in Easter egg hunts and other festivities, either at churches, community centers or at home. Easter bonnets are another Easter tradition that has been observed for hundreds of years, surviving even the Great Depression. Women are able to take advantage of the end of Lent by buying luxury items like their Easter outfit, and new clothes are symbolic of renewal, the underlying theme of Easter.
Most Easter hats for girls and women are fancy straw or felt based hats adorned with ribbons and flowers. Going shopping for a special Easter outfit was taken very seriously. The Easter dress for many was the fanciest dress they ever wore throughout childhood until they bought a prom gown in high school.
Another Spring tradition is deep cleaning the home by dedicating several days to “Spring Cleaning.” This is especially important in homes with harsh winters. When the warmer weather allows opening the doors and windows, carpets, drapes and upholstered furniture is shaken or aired out. The house is scrubbed from top to bottom, closets cleaned out, and seasonal clothes are rotated.