As Easter approaches and the seasons change from Winter to Spring, many use this time as a chance for 'spring cleaning' and making changes to prepare themselves for the warmer days ahead. There are many ways that we celebrate Easter, asides from the traditional exchanging of chocolate eggs - this holiday marks the beginning of new life, associated with the Biblical story of Jesus rising from the dead three days after he was crucified. However, regardless of religious beliefs, Easter is a time for all to enjoy, as it symbolises new beginnings and can be used as a chance for self development and improvement.
Giving gifts One of the most popular ways of celebrating the season is by purchasing chocolate eggs and gifting them to your friends and family. The egg, an ancient symbol of new life, has been associated with pagan festivals which typically celebrated spring. From a Christian perspective, Easter eggs are said to represent Jesus' emergence from the tomb and resurrection. Gifting seasonal chocolates and confectionary is a great way of celebrating the occasion, as well as enjoying a tasty treat and showing loved ones you care.
Making food Spring paves way for hotter weather, meaning that warmer comfort foods are replaced with fresh salads and lighter meals. This is a great time to buy seasonal fruits and vegetables, such as apricots, spinach, peppers, and rhubarb, and making recipes that use these ingredients. For spring recipe inspiration visit this link!
Donating Old Clothes Spring is the perfect time to have a clear out of your wardrobe, but instead of throwing them away and contributing to landfill, think about donating them to charity or selling them on apps such as Depop or Vinted. This way, someone else can find a way to wear the items that you've fallen out of love with - not to mention that you're making a difference in the cycle of fast-fashion!
Gardening As the weather gets warmer and the days get longer, many gardeners will be busy sowing seeds and preparing their vegetable patches. In March you can start planting some summer-flowering bulbs, such as gladioli and lilies. If the soil is warm enough and not too wet you can also begin sowing early vegetables, including broad beans, sprouts, cabbages, onions, early potatoes, early carrots and spinach. Growing your own vegetables is such a great way of increasing your fruit and vegetable consumption, whilst cutting down on food costs.