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Spring Traditions

Illustrations by Agatha Orlovska

Illustrations by Agatha Orlovska

By Agatha Orlovska, Reporter

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The grueling winter is now over and spring is finally here (well, at least according to calenders it is). We put our winter traditions and festivities back into our plastic containers and hide them up in our attics. It is finally time to take out our spring traditions.

Over time some traditions have changed. According to the National Public Radio, people in North America during the 1870s would make what they called “May Baskets” where they would put flowers and little treats into the baskets and leave them on people’s doors. This tradition has slowly gone out of style and is not as common anymore, according to the National Public Radio.

Spring traditions also vary among cultures. Some people choose to do something religious while others just enjoy the fresh weather and blooming nature.

Hindus celebrate Holi during spring which is a celebration where they throw colored powders at one another which symbolize the colors of spring and events from their Hindu mythology, according to Travel Channel.

Transylvanian people have the tradition of pouring cold water onto the women in their village because they believe it will keep them healthy, young, beautiful and, if it applies to them, fortify their love for their spouse, according to The New York Times.

Whether you have any traditions or not, you should enjoy the warmer weather that the spring season brings upon us.

 

Salvador Lopez, Div. 972

“Something that my family and I do for Easter are cascarones. Cascarones are a popular tradition among the Latin-American community. They consist of hollowed-out chicken eggs decorated and filled with confetti. To make cascarones one must puncture a hole at the top of the egg and pour out the egg yolk and egg whites. The eggshell is then cleaned and decorated with a variety of colors. It is then filled with confetti and the punctured hole is covered with tissue paper. Few days leading up to the event, families gather together to decorate the eggs. They are most popular during Easter but are also used for other well-known Latino festivities such as Day of the Dead and Cinco de Mayo. Cascarones are crushed on a person’s head releasing the confetti. They are supposed to bring good luck to the person the egg hits.” 

Ava Hickson, Div. 960

“The night before [Easter] everyone decorates eggs with dye, stickers, markers and all that jazz. The next morning of Easter everyone gets the eggs they designed and so what we do is two people pick their eggs and they go against each other and hit the pointy parts of the eggs together and whoever doesn’t crack wins and we keep doing that like basketball brackets until the last egg is left.”

 

Afua Sarpong, Div. 979

“My family is from Ghana and there are many spring traditions there. For instance, when springtime occurs, the people of the community would volunteer to clean up the streets and the neighborhood. Also, each tribe has a different way of ringing in the new season. There are many festivities such as a joyous one that involves making music with drums.” 

 

Jazlyn Alvarado, Div. 960

“I spend spring break with my family. Over break, if we don’t go on vacation, we stay home. We clean and start putting away the winter clothes and stuff. But most importantly we celebrate Easter. It is just as important in my house as Christmas is. We go to church and we go out to eat breakfast and exchange little gifts. We decorate eggs and do a Easter egg hunt with all the little kids just for fun.” 

 

Ashley Soto, Div. 982

“Every year around spring time, my family and I plant tulip bulbs in our backyard. It doesn’t seem like much but it has become a tradition. It’s always so fun being outside in the sun and hanging out with my family. It is a good time for us to catch up and make our backyard cuter.”

 

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