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Celebrate Solstice with Shalu at Simmering Kettle

Finally! Spring is arriving and “Barrie-ites” we’re more than ready for a celebration!

The Equinox

Spring Equinox known as “Ostara” is also called the “Vernal” equinox.  This is the celebration of equal daylight and darkness hours; renewal, rebirth and new beginnings.  A perfect time to put the winter months to bed – head outside and celebrate nature.

Shalu Persaud of Simmering Kettle on Bryne Dr. feels this year is especially important to celebrate.  “We’ve had such an unusual year that we need to look at a fresh start and new beginnings.”

Come Celebrate!

She’s inviting everyone to a “Parking Lot Party” March 21st!  There will be vendors and dancing to celebrate!  It’s truly a wonderful family event.

Ways to Celebrate Spring!

Here are some great ways to celebrate with your family and friends over the upcoming week:

Take time to enjoy and celebrate the new life outdoors in nature.  Go for a walk, a bike ride or a hike.

Start planting indoors for your outdoor gardens.  Do a winter yard cleanup.

Prepare a family feast using seasonal spring foods; eggs, spring greens, shoots, sprouts, local breads, wine etc.

Have or attend a bonfire where you might tell stories, dance, beat drums or play music.

Create art representing the four seasons.

Decorate eggs.

Bring spring into your home – forsythia clippings, pussy willows, force flowering bulbs etc.

Meditate upon new spring life, practice yoga to create inner peace and balance.

Spring clean, start something new, establish a new daily routine or rhythm to your day.

Above all – Celebrate Spring!

“I skipped between the dancers, twirling my skirts. The seated, masked musicians didn’t look up at me as I leaped before them, dancing in place. No chains, no boundaries—just me and the music, dancing and dancing. I wasn’t faerie, but I was a part of this earth, and the earth was a part of me, and I would be content to dance upon it for the rest of my life.

Written by: Jane Laker

Photo Credit: Stephen Elliott

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