Five spring equinox legends and traditions

A row of trees are silhouetted framing the frozen shoreline of Little Lake on Tuesday, March 18,...

A row of trees are silhouetted framing the frozen shoreline of Little Lake on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at Rogers Cove in Peterborough, Ont. Thursday officially marks the first day of Spring. (Clifford Skarstedt/QMI Agency)

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It may be the day everyone looks forward to after a cold winter, but some say spring equinox means more than just a change of season:

No scrambled eggs today

Legend has it the spring equinox is the only day of the year you can stand a raw egg on its end because the day is (more or less) equal parts day and night, and therefore affects gravity.

But with the right egg and enough patience, the balancing act can be done on any day of the year.

Speaking of eggs ...

Pagans believe the spring equinox is the start of a fertile time in all living things. That's why many gather at Stonehenge in England and perform fertility rights. They celebrate Eostre, the Norse goddess of fertility and new beginnings, who is symbolized by eggs and rabbits (the basis for the Easter Bunny).

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March madness

We're not talking basketball here, but the phrase may be an apt way to describe your child's behaviour right now. As the days get longer, children may begin to feel the full effects of cabin fever if cold, winter weather continues to keep them indoors. And it's not just children -— longer periods of light also play a role in mood and sleep patterns of adults. Spring fever is a real thing.

Plant your dreams

Wiccans believe the spring equinox is the perfect day to plant "bean runes" — basically your favourite beans painted with white rune symbols. The symbols can be for a number of things, including change, abundance and strength. Visualize good energy and what you want to accomplish over the next few weeks as you plant the beans. If the runes fail to sprout, you might want to rethink your goals.

Burn your socks

Every year, boaters in Annapolis, Md., burn their socks on the spring equinox because "no self-respecting boater would wear them in the summertime," the town's website says. "The dreaded socks must be reduced to ash in a community bonfire." The tradition began with ancient sailors who were forced to wear the woolly prisons on their feet all winter.

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