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First Day of Spring

Munchachos Healthy Snacks Children: First Day of Spring Spring Equinox

This year, the 20th March marks the Spring Equinox, which is officially the First Day of Spring. Hooray! 

The term ‘equinox’ means ‘equal night’ and indicates that date upon which the daytime and nightime have equal lengths. From this date on the days will become longer and the nights shorter as we head towards the summertime and the warmer weather.  

Munchachos Healthy Snacks Children: Nowruz Spring Equinox Jumping over Fire
Nowruz Jumping Bonfre

The Spring Equinox also marks the beginning of Nowruz, a 13-day celebration of the Persian New Year. They spring clean and then celebrate with lavish feasts whilst the children pain eggs that represent fertility.  On the last Tuesday before the Equinox, they jump over bonfires which symbolises the leap into new year and the feeling of renewal that the new year offers.

Furthermore in Mexico’s Yucatan Penninsular, including at Chichen Itza which appears on our delicious Mexican snacks, people gather to celebrate the entrance of the sun god. Every year on the spring equinox, the light of the sun makes a play of light and shadow which makes it look like a serpent in slithering along the steps of the pyramid.

Munchachos Healthy Snacks Children: Spring Equinox Chichen itza
Can you see the snake slithering down the temple?

We are just looking forward to a bit more heat and to enjoying our tasty adventures in the sun! Welcome Spring – we salute you! 

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