- Posted March 24, 2011 by
Brooklyn, New York
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Travel snapshots: Otherworldly landscapes
Spring Equinox: Standing Eggs On End
On Sunday, March 20, 2011, over 200 participants gathered in Brooklyn, New York at the site of Grand Army Plaza. The occasion? The Spring Equinox. Or perhaps better stated: The Spring Egginox. In a large basket, at the ready, were 360 raw eggs ready for their close-up.
Urban Shaman "Mama Donna" Henes hosted this Spring Equinox celebration for the 36th consecutive year. The highlight would be standing those 360 individual eggs on end: "According to Chinese custom, if you stand an egg on its end on the first day of spring, you will have EGGSCEPTIONALLY good luck for the entire year. The egg represents the life force in many cultures, and is particularly used to symbolize the rebirth of nature in the spring season," Henes wrote in her invitation to the event.
Did the eggs stand? Yes, no yolking! Even as the weather was markedly chilly, the event seemed to ignite a feeling of warmth and hope, and a confirmation that Spring, indeed, was just around the corner.