SpringSpring begins with the March equinox as early as March 19th and as late as March 21st. This is often known as the Spring equinox. Spring is viewed as a time of birth and growth that is symbolic of youth and optimism.
Allergies / Hay Fever
April Fool's Day
Beginning of many sports seasons
Birds Nests & Eggs
Birdsong (birds become more active)
End of Hibernation
Lilacs / Seasonal Flowers and Vegetation
Longer Hours of Sunshine
Picnics / Outdoor Dining
Planting Season (crops)
Rebirth / Rejuvenation (symbolism)
Smell of Flowers
Spring Colors (bright pastels)
St. Patrick's Day
SummerSummer begins with the June solstice between June 20th and 22nd each year. This is known as the Summer solstice in the Northern hemisphere and is the longest day of the year in terms of daylight hours. Summer is an active time of year that's associated with a large number of pastimes and activities. It is symbolic of youthful exuberance and experience.
Cottages & Cabins
Daylight Hours Increase As You Go North
Gardening / Homegrown Foods
Ice Cream and Other Summer Foods
Long Daylight Hours
Northern Areas Near North Pole Have 24 Hour Sunlight
Summer Sounds Such as Crickets
Suntans / Sunburns
Young Adulthood (symbolism)
Youthful Experiences (symbolism)
Autumn / FallFall begins with the Autumn equinox that occurs between September 21 and 24. It is a time of decay as nature partially retreats in preparation for winter. Leaves fall from trees, animals prepare for hibernation and insects fall silent. Human culture associates Fall with maturity, decline and melancholy. It is a time of ghost stories and celebrations such as Halloween that delight in the dark. Fall is also a time of harvest and gratitude.
Back to School
Crisp Autumn Air
Earthy and Rich Flavors such as Cinnamon
Middle Age (symbolism)
WinterWinter is a cold and dark season that begins with the shortest day of the year on the winter solstice. This usually occurs on the 21st or 22nd of December. Humans are robust and have embraced winter by inventing sports and pastimes that take advantage of ice and snow. It is also common for human civilizations to incorporate major holidays into the winter season. This is arguably a survival strategy that passes the coldest darkest season in delightful celebration.
Old Age (symbolism)