This week we had the Spring, or Vernal (from the Latin for Spring), Equinox on March 20th. Equinox because it is equal hours of night and day. The sun appears to be making its way back in to the Northern Hemisphere bringing warmth and extra daylight hours. Of course, if you live in the Southern Hemisphere the seasons are reversed, so our friends down in Oz will begin to start thinking about Autumn as the sun heads northwards. The March equinox can come on March 19, 20 or 21. And 2016 has the earliest March equinox since the year 1896. Why? Well it’s something clever to do with leap years, best read for yourself. The March equinox has long been celebrated as a time of rebirth for communities in the Northern Hemisphere. For those living a rural life without canning or refrigeration, Winter was a time of limited food options so the return of the sun meant new growth for crops and new birth for lambs etc. Not surprising then that many cultures celebrate spring festivals and holidays around the March equinox, like Easter and the end of Lent fasting, Passover, or visiting the pyramid of the Sun in Mexico. In Japan, as Spring approaches, the arrival of cherry blossom (Sakura) is celebrated by dressing up for great family picnics. The colourful Hindu festival of Holi has become popular across the world as it involves participants throwing colour over each other, either with dry powder and water or coloured water-filled balloons. This festival signifies the victory of light over dark. The Equinox is the official start of Spring and that can also be time to switch to your cotton onesie. Although they are often associated with cold winter weather, our cotton onesie range are practical in Spring or Summer too. How else do you know Spring is here? Easter eggs (hurrah!), April Fool’s Day, and the end of the tax year (boo!). There is an old country saying: “Don’t say that Spring has come until you can put your foot on nine daisies.” Please send in nine daisies so that we can tread on them. Website Racked noticed that Wellington boot brand Hunter held a Festival Summit where, as they put it, “a bunch of suits had a big meeting about how to best get you, dear fashion customer, to drop money on new stuff surrounding festival season.” According to Hiunter’s creative director “Our search insights have revealed how demand starts in April and grows massively from June, all the way through to September.” So pretty soon we can all get out and about in cool summer gear. More of that soon no doubt.