They've learned a lot about nature and the cycle of the land. We've taught them about the Earth Mother, Nature Spirits, and our Ancestors, but we are teaching them the Wheel of the Year as it comes one Holy Day at a time.
As Spring Equinox approaches, they have begun asking us about Easter. They want to know, of course, if they will get two Easters too. Unless their grandparents have something in mind, the plan is, no.
In my tradition, Avestan (pre-Zorastrian re-constructionist Paganism) we celebrate Nowruz, the Persian New Year. My husband is more of an Animist but also follows some Celtic traditions. So, we blend our traditions.
We grow a beautiful container of green wheat grass or green sprouts, and set out an altar with 7 items that begin with the sound of "S", a sacred sound in my tradition. We build a bonfire to jump over and let our fears and things that hold us back go as we shout them outloud.
We also hunt decorated eggs, tell stories of rebirth and renewal, retell Celtic fairy stories, walk the woods and speak to the trees, and do silly rituals involving "sacrificing" chocolate bunnies in fondue pots.
Your family will likely find a mix of things that work for you as well. Looking to books, websites, or blogs can bring you great inspiration.
Decorating the altar and decking out the house with spring decor is always a family favorite. We enjoy taking down the Red, blue, green, and white of Imbolc and putting up the fresh and lively pastels of spring, wrapping the banisters in garlands of flowers, placing out a large carved golden egg on our altar, and replacing the wheat wreath (adorned with bridget's crosses) on our door with cheery spring wreath. We enjoy filling the vases with fresh spring flowers from our gardens and the farmer's markets and placing little images of rabbits on our mantles.
And, yes, they get to hunt eggs. Though I wouldn't say it is a simple hunt. Each year it may be more difficult than the last. We have four children. We use eight different colors. Each is assigned two colors and those are hidden according to their level of hunting ability. None are allowed to pick up eggs of another child's color. They each have the same number, hidden according to their ability level, some are dyed real eggs, some are plastic and full of treasures or treats.
Some of these even have clues hidden inside to point them to the "Golden Egg" a large egg painted gold with their name on it, containing a treasure of great importance. This might have a gift card, movie tickets, get out of goat stall cleaning for a week coupons, or some other very valuable prize hidden inside and they are very highly prized.
Feasts are also a very important part of the holiday and we always enjoy Spring Equinox with a meal of lamb, spring vegetables, and green salads with homemade goat cheese. Usually followed by drumming and dancing around our fire pit and a small family devotional.
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