Spring has officially sprung, bringing sunshine, flowers . . . and trivia? Believe it or not, there are many fascinating things to learn about everyone’s favorite season. Share the fun with your friends by learning some spring trivia for seniors.
Spring Trivia for Seniors
This year, the first day of Spring was March 20th, 2023. The warm weather, sunshine, and greenery are back at last. Why not celebrate by learning more about this refreshing, revitalizing season? Share this spring trivia for seniors with friends, loved ones, and anyone ready to embrace the season!
- Daylight savings time was first proposed by Benjamin Franklin in 1784. However, it was not fully implemented in the United States until the end of World War II. Arizona and Hawaii are the only states that do not participate in daylight savings time.
- Spring has a longtime association with rabbits, and it’s only partially because of Easter. Rabbits have long been a European symbol of springtime thanks to their fertility and abundant populations in the warmer months. Rabbits came to be associated with Easter in the 17th century when Christians embraced some aspects of pagan culture for their holiday celebrations.
- In ancient Greece, spring was thought to be caused by Persephone, the goddess of springtime. The people believed that her travels to and from the underworld caused the seasons to change, and the warm weather of spring indicated her return.
- One of America’s favorite spring traditions is the annual White House Easter Egg Roll. While egg rolls were a common Easter diversion in the 1800s, they became a tradition specific to the White House when President Rutherford B. Hayes welcomed children to the grounds in 1878.
- “Spring fever” might sound like an old wives’ tale, but there’s some truth to it. The shift from colder to warmer weather stimulates blood flow, giving people additional energy as the season begins.
- The occurrence of the vernal equinox marks the first day of spring. This is the first day of the year that the hours of daylight and darkness are equal to each other.
- Baby birds are natural singers, but it takes them time to learn the songs native to their species. Spring is the season that birds learn new songs, so you can expect to hear plenty of birds singing throughout the season!
Spring Around the World
- The most common spring flowers in the United States are dandelions and tulips. However, spring is welcomed in Japan with nationally organized cherry blossom-watching festivals. Cherry blossom trees are native to Japan and have enjoyed a long history as a symbol of national pride.
- In India, spring is welcomed with the annual Holi festival. At the Holi festival, revelers decorate themselves and each other with colored powders and paints that represent the return of colors to nature.
- In Mexico, people recognize the vernal equinox by climbing the Teotihuacán Pyramid. Visitors spend the morning navigating a steep 360-foot climb, then take the afternoon to bask in the sun’s rays at the top.
- Do you love cheese? If so, you’ll love the annual Cooper’s Hill Cheese Rolling in Gloucester, England. Every year, a wheel of cheese is rolled down the hill, followed by anybody in town willing to try and catch it. Injuries are common, but the contest still draws hundreds of competitors every year.
Who knew there were so many fun facts about spring? No matter how you celebrate the new season, we hope this list of spring trivia for seniors brightens your day.
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