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The Spring Equinox: Celebrating the Greening of the Earth

by Ellen Jackson
Illustrated by Jan Davey Ellis

Published by Millbrook Press, 2002
32 pages
ISBN: 0-7613-1644-2

Ages 8 - 11

Throughout history, many cultures and religions around the world have had spring celebrations that recognize the change in seasons as a time of renewal. Jackson tells of ancient Mayan ceremonies, Roman festivals, and mock battles between people representing summer and winter during the Middle Ages in Europe. Contemporary traditions in Iran and India, the Jewish Passover holiday, and the Christian celebration of Easter are also discussed. An adaptation of the legend of the Anglo-Saxon goddess of the dawn and springtime is included, as is a section titled "Spring Activities" which offers directions for making Matzo, celebrating the Iranian New Year feast, and folding an origami butterfly, as well as other seasonal pastimes. CCBC categories: Seasons And Celebrations.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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