Wednesday, September 2, 2009
It's official. It's the second day of Spring in the southern hemisphere. The heavens will proclaim the new season in a few weeks' time with the vernal equinox. The sun will traverse the celestial equator and the days will begin to lengthen, bringing warmth to the earth and heralding a frenzy of activity in the natural world. Here in downtown Holland Park I'm wondering how on earth we Australians are going to celebrate the changing of the seasons. With a jubliant procession to the shrine of Venus, goddess of beauty and love perhaps? Or how about with rabbits and eggs, symbolising fecundity and new life? Well, no quite frankly. Mardi Gras and Easter have appropriated both these rituals and here were are left to celebrate spring by cleaning the gunge off the BBQ, slopping on the fake tan, packing away the leather jackets and queuing online for footy finals tickets. Oh joy of joys. I ask you dear reader: what does September represent for you?