How to Host a Vernal Equinox Party

by Holidays & Celebrations Editor

How to Host a Vernal Equinox Party. Spring's here. The Vernal Equinox ushers in the long-awaited hope for the rebirth of the land and the promise that warm weather will return. On this day, the length of day and night are considered equal and the Sun crosses the celestial equator. Usually falling on March 21, the Vernal Equinox is the official start of spring and a time to celebrate.

Step 1

Party with a sense of history. Often associated with Easter, the Vernal Equinox, celebrated thousands of years ago, was a time of renewal and refreshment. As host, ask your guests to come as citizens of ancient Rome, draped in togas and wearing crowns of woven vines.

Step 2

Serve the foods associated with the Vernal Equinox. Often root vegetables were all that was left to eat by springtime so serve some vegetarian stew and bake up some hearty artisan bread. Potato salad and deviled eggs fit right in with spring fare. Remember some good ale for the partygoers who will be washing down all that food.

Step 3

Balance those eggs before you cook them. Traditionally, raw eggs balance upon end only twice a year, during the Vernal and the Autumnal Equinoxes. Recent scientific discoveries have determined that you can actually balance them any day of the year, as long as you use patience, but for the sake of tradition, let your guests try it at the party. Host a contest with a prize for the guest with the longest-standing egg.

Step 4

Renew old friendships. Just as the sun is being "reborn" in the sky, so it is the time to rekindle contacts with old friends. Request that every guest bring a friend that they have not spoken to in the last 6 months. Kick off spring's arrival by rekindling old and making new friendships.