By Joesph Kurtz
March 16th, 2021
According to the Farmers Almanac “In 2021, the spring equinox occurs on Saturday, March 20,” which means that spring is coming in less than a month. Spring is a great time of year with the abundance of plant life and uplifting holidays that will hopefully take our mind off of the pandemic.
Spring is notorious for its abundance of life. According to House Beautiful.com, flowers such as crocus, daffodils, and tulips will bloom this spring. It’s the equivalent of Christmas lights on houses, except it’s the beautiful planted flowers that shine. Many animals like bears, chipmunks, and other woodland creatures will be born this spring. This means that during spring parks are filled with the most amount of wildlife and new life.
Unfortunately, some parts of “new life” are not always pretty, and insects like ticks are now in abundance. In fact, PestWorld.org states that “ this season, in fields, forests and yards across the country, as we head into what is expected to be an extremely heavy tick season.” The extremely heavy tick season was created this year becauwse of the mild winter and abundance of acorns, which produce more mice. After going to the park, make sure to inspect yourself for ticks as they usually latch on with causing you to feel it. The Global Lyme Alliance states that “For most effective tick bite prevention, products with the active ingredients DEET, Picaridin, Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus (OLE)*, or Permethrin are most effective.” You can also use some garlic oil.
Tick season is not the only yearly event that takes place in spring. Saint Patrick’s Day is coming up on March 17th, so don’t forget to wear green. Besides wearing green, another St. Patrick’s Day tradition, according to History.com is to “share a traditional meal of corned beef and cabbage”. According to Kiro 7.com “foods were less expensive for immigrants who came to America’’. The original dish used pork and potatoes. Easter will also be on April 12th and Mothers day is on May 10th. All of these holidays sound amazing, but for students, spring break probably sounds the best. In fact, spring break for MHS starts on March 29th and ends April 9th.Thats two weeks (with weekend included) of non-Zoom days. No more staring at the computer for five to seven hours a day.
To add to the student holiday a pink moon will rise on April 7th. It’s also a super moon so it will be bright for those who drive at night. According to Farmers Almanac “April’s full Moon often corresponded with the early springtime blooms of a certain wildflower native to eastern North America: Phlox subulata—commonly called creeping phlox or moss phlox—which also went by the name “moss pink.” This means that another species of flower will be blooming this spring. The Spring equinox will bring new life and new holidays this spring, so let’s enjoy it.