Spring Equinox and Navroz

March 21st (or 20th) is the celebrated day of the spring equinox.  During the spring and autumn (September) equinox, the earth’s axis is neither towards, nor away from the sun.  This results in equal length of day and night.  The term equinox comes from the Latin terms aequus (equal) and nox (night).   While the name is understood to mean equal night {and day}, it is not strictly true.  There is a specific moment in time when there are equal parts of day and night—and this is different for every part of the world.   

The spring equinox is a celebrated day in the northern hemisphere because it is the beginning of spring.  Spring, brings with it more sunshine, and brings back to life the dormant plants and animals.  The rains from warmer weather replenish soils and waterways, allowing life on earth to thrive again.  The first day of spring, is thus a very celebrated day across the world.  

Along with the equinox, on March 21st, many Muslims (especially Shi'a Ismaili) around the world celebrate and observe Navroz or Nowroz.  Navroz is a festival that marks the beginning of a new year and the first day of spring.  With its celebration, it also signifies a time of spiritual renewal, and spirit of gratitude and optimism.  It is throughout history, a farming custom that has overtime been integrated into various cultures and religions.  

Today, Navroz  is celebrated throughout the Middle East, Central and South Asia, and is known as the “Persian New Year.”  Celebrations include family gatherings, distribution of dried fruits, nuts, and grains (as a symbol of abundance and sustenance), feasts, prayers, henna body art (mehndi parties), egg painting, and communal gatherings. 

Celebrate Navroz and the spring equinox by a little bit of henna.  Since spring is marked by new growth, henna designs that incorporate flowers and leaves are popular for Navroz celebrations.  Download your FREE copy of spring inspired designs on our website (add it to your shopping cart and when you are done shopping, proceed to checkout!)

The designs in this book feature Indian and Arabic style designs with flowers, leaves and paisleys.  Feel free to get inspiration from these contemporary henna designs, and remember to always use natural henna that is safe for the body.