Spring is Coming

As someone who lives in & traveled all over the North East United States this winter, I can tell you first hand that the season was unnecessarily brutal, but only on certain days. New Jersey, specifically, experienced a lot of sudden snow storms, but as soon as they had started they were over. Fortunately, winter’s special brand of craziness is over & we can move into the next season: SPRING!

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Spring 2019 starts Wednesday March 20th, and ends Friday, June 21st. While the first day of Spring is not always the 20th, it is always the 19th, 20th or 21st of March.

Spring is a versatile season in terms of weather, giving us a wide range of activities to choose from. Even though all the same “rainy day activities” I’ll mention were (likely) available this winter, there’s just something about spring.

Vernal Equinox

Definition of equinox

  1. either of the two points on the celestial sphere where the celestial equator intersects the ecliptic
  2. either of the two times each year (as about March 21 and September 23) when the sun crosses the equator and day and night are everywhere on earth of approximately equal length

Did You Know?

If you want to sound sophisticated this spring, you can do what various learned individuals have done since the 16th century and refer to the spring equinox as the vernal equinox. You might also alter a classic rhyme to chant “Vernal showers bring May flowers.” Or if you really want to wax poetic, you could compliment your lass’s vernal grace or your beau’s vernal charm. If you do, and your sweetheart asks where such a word comes from, you can further impress by saying, “‘Vernal,’ my dear, comes from the Latin ‘vernalis,’ which is derived from the Latin word for spring, ‘ver.'”

The First Signs of Spring:

  • Singing Birds
  • Budding Trees
  • Peeping Peepers
  • Spring Air Scents
  • Pothole City

Celebrations & Observances:

  • Lent (began in winter)
  • Purim
  • “April Showers Bring May Flowers”
  • April Fool’s Day
  • Palm Sunday
  • Taxes are due (US)
  • Good Friday
  • Passover
  • Easter
  • Arbor Day
  • May Day
  • “May the Fourth be With You”
  • Cinco de Mayo
  • Ramadan
  • Mother’s Day
  • Memorial Day
  • D-Day (WWII)
  • Father’s Day
  • “Spring Cleaning”

Freebies:

  • Free Ice at Rita’s Italian Ice & Frozen Custard
  • Free Soft Ice Cream Cone at Dairy Queen

Sales:

  • Winter Clearance
  • Spring Sales Events
  • Easter Sales Events
  • Mother’s & Father’s Day Sales Events
  • Memorial Day / Weekend Sales Events
  • Charlotte Russe closes the doors on all of its stores April 1st.

According to SmartAssest, spring is a tempting time of year for many to shop. For the smart shopper, this is also a great time of year to save! Below is a condensed version of their very informative article by Rebecca Lake, which you can check out here.

  • Chocolate (March & April after the holidays)
  • Frozen Foods (March is National Frozen Food Month)
  • Luggage (March, April & May)
  • Kitchenware (April)
  • Digital Cameras (March & April)
  • Houses (March)
  • Mattresses (May for Memorial Day Weekend)
  • Clothing (March & May for the changing season)
  • Office Furniture (May)

 

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