This serves as a supplement to the musical essay, briefly surveying the changes in the calendar dates (lunar, lunisolar, solar) of when the Vernal/Spring Equinox was celebrated by the Babylonians to the Romans.
This serves as a brief survey the of Vernal Equinox and Spring Festivals in some other countries.
Thematic Images & Graphics for the Astronomical Dynamics of the Vernal Equinox
Vernal Equinox falls on Sunday, March 20, 2016 at 04:30 UTC
Thematic Images for the Vernal Equinox & Spring
Spring by William Blake
Thematic Images of Neo-Pagan Happy & Blessed Ostara for Spring Equinox
Thematic Images of Spring Goddesses
Thematic Images for Spring Goddesses of Rebirth
Thematic Images of Spring Rebirth
Keeping in mind the GS's previous musical essay series (which was interrupted to present this musical essay for the Spring Equinox), ever since the Troubadours, the theme of spring and love go together in poetry/song. So here's the chorus from the last song of the musical essay:
"So in a world of snow, / Of things that come and go, / Where what you think you know, / You can't be certain of, / You must believe in Spring and love." ('You Must Believe In Spring,' Mary Ann Moore)
Compare the Romantic poet Shelley's verse from 'Ode to the West Wind' (1819):
“O, wind, if winter comes, can spring be far behind?”
The speaker invokes the “wild West Wind” of autumn, which scatters the dead leaves and spreads seeds so that they may be nurtured by the spring, and asks that the wind, a “destroyer and preserver,” hear him. The speaker calls the wind the “dirge / Of the dying year,” and describes how it stirs up violent storms, and again implores it to hear him. The speaker says that the wind stirs the Mediterranean from “his summer dreams,” and cleaves the Atlantic into choppy chasms, making the “sapless foliage” of the ocean tremble, and asks for a third time that it hear him.Speaking both in regard to the season and in regard to the effect upon mankind that he hopes his words to have, the speaker asks: “If winter comes, can spring be far behind?”