Spring equinox celebration carries the message of renewal, this is the time of purification and abundant hope. The Christian tradition celebrates this day as St. Benedict Memorial Day.
Among Hungary's closest relatives the celebration of the Spring Festival has utmost importance. In Kazakhstan, for example, it is a three-day holiday because the people of Kazakhstan consider the spring equinox the beginning of the new year.
People of Central Asia call this day Nauryz (or Nevruz, Naurus, Naurusz), which derived from the Scythian (Old Persian) “Nav - Ruz”, meaning New - Sun.
In Kazakhstan, at this time of the year people revive the old (pre-Islamic) shamanistic, Tengrist traditions, which call for the importance of respecting nature -- people plant trees, clean the parks and organize sports games.
During Nauryz celebrations people also consume ceremonial meal that must include 7 ingredients, symbolizing health, happiness, success, wisdom, growth, wealth and protection of Heaven.
The most important message of the spring equinox celebration is reestablishing harmony between man and nature by invoking the cosmic and spiritual laws of the Universe.
Spring equinox celebrations are getting increasingly popular in Hungary as well, especially with traditional communities. On March 20 to 21 people light bonfires across the country demonstrating that this old tradition did not disappear over time, just a little faded.
(kurultaj.hu – hungarianambiance.com)