Ostara (Spring Equinox)
The time of the vernal equinox if you live in the Northern Hemisphere, and it’s a true marker that Spring and warmer, sunnier days have come. It is observed as a time to mark the coming of Spring and the fertility of the land. By watching agricultural changes—such as the ground becoming warmer, and the emergence of plants from the ground— you’ll know exactly how you should welcome the season.
The Spring Equinox marks 1 of 2 days out of the year, where light and dark are balanced. The are equal amounts of day light hours and night hours.
Some pagan authors say Ostara derives from ancient Celtic and Saxon spring holidays, later Christianized into the Easter holiday. Others argue this and other neopagan holidays are modern creations. Either way, many religions celebrate holidays during this time of year, including the Hindu Holi, Jewish Purim, Sikh Hola Mohalla and Christian Easter.
For many neopagans, Ostara celebrates the Spring Maiden and Horned God who represent the characteristics of the new season.