With March comes the arrival of spring, when winter’s freezing winds and snowfalls give way to cool breezes and rainstorms. Flowers sprout from the soil, birds return after winters spent in warmer climates, and the world is refreshed.
March is host to a number of holidays centered around making the world better, such as World Wildlife Day on March 3rd, created to increase awareness of the issues humans have posed to the environment and the need for us to take better care of our planet, and World Water Day on March 22nd, which brings attention to such problems as water pollution and the lack of access to clean water in developing nations.
Depending on where you live, farmer’s markets open the season with the first signs of spring.
Asparagus is one of the first vegetables to be harvested this season. Try the Roasted Asparagus recipe from Ina Garten and Food Network. Another favorite spring vegetable is the artichoke, which can be prepared following a delicious, simple recipe from Allrecipes, Simply Roasted Artichokes. And those looking for a particularly delicious spring delicacy can try the Sliced Fennel with Parmesan from Martha Stewart.
March 20th is the first day of Spring, but it is also International Day of Happiness. As much as we need to focus on enacting important, large-scale changes necessary for improving the political system and the environment, it is just as important that we are making changes on the level of our everyday life. We need to take time to check in with ourselves and figure out what we can do to be healthier, happier, and renewed. As the rain washes away the dreariness of winter, take some time to look around at where you are, and within at how you feel. Smell flowers, listen to birds’ song, feel the rain on your skin, and let the world refresh you.
Wishing you all a fresh start and a happy spring ahead!
Photo Courtesy of Landon Martin