18 Mar Welcome Spring in a Hot Spring
Celebrate the Spring Equinox with a soak in a hot spring. Spring starts on March 20; begin the season with a new tradition—a day relaxing at Iron Mountain Hot Springs.
This first day of spring, also called the Vernal Equinox, occurs at 3:58 p.m. Mountain Time on March 20, 2019. It’s the moment when the sun is on the celestial equator, meaning that the day and night are equal length. In the Northern Hemisphere, the sun’s movement means the days get longer than the nights (when the sun crosses again in the fall, the days are shorter than the nights).
People have marked this annual event since before they started recording history, from Stonehenge to a Mayan temple and many places between. In many civilizations, it’s a time for new beginnings—a more astronomical date than the arbitrary Jan. 1—so they do a thorough housecleaning, repair broken items, apply fresh paint, bring newly-blooming flowers indoors, and perform religious rituals. Vernal Equinox celebrations vary. In Zenica, Bosnia, everybody gets together for a feast of scrambled eggs. At the Teotihuacán Pyramid near Mexico City, visitors climb 360 steps to the top and soak up the sun’s energy for the new year.
You can create your own tradition of renewal and warmth at Iron Mountain Hot Springs by starting spring in a hot mineral spring. It’s a way to cleanse your body, mind and emotions; refresh, connect with nature and start the new solar year right.