We are in the midst of festival season across the world. We’ve just had Vernal Equinox in the Northern Hemisphere, Holi, Passover, and are gearing up for Easter followed by Ramadan. It’s no coincidence that these celebrations fall at this time of year. The equinox is the moment in time when there is complete balance in the sky: day and night and therefore light and dark are equal. This Spring equinox, as experienced in the Northern Hemisphere, marks the moment the light takes over the dark in terms of day length. Similarly, I believe all religious festivals point to something hopeful, as well as practical for us human beings on earth. The stories behind these religious events are of fasting, rebirth, and liberation and reflect what is happening in nature. After a period of quiet, the buds begin to blossom, shoots are flowering, life is springing up around us. The rabbits are multiplying (classic), and the birds are singing their songs with a bit more gusto. And this is only possible because of their having hibernated during the down time of winter.