|Awake, thou wintry earth Fling off thy sadness! Fair vernal flowers, laugh forth. Your ancient gladness! ~Thomas Blackburn,|
After what felt like a never ending winter, spring is finally here! Spring is a favorite season for many people and it is certainly easy to understand why this is so. In spring, the world comes back to life after its winter slumber. The first flowers begin to bloom, the days are warm and bright, people are cheerful and inspired, and everything around you is bursting with splendid colors of spring.
There are plenty of ways to enjoy springtime. One way is to use nature and get a work-out that promotes all-around health. Spring weather is ideal for outdoor activities. One of the easiest ways to get a good work-out is walking or hiking. It can bring you closer to nature, and you can breathe fresh air while enjoying the colorful scenery that surrounds you.
Spring is a very important season for many hobbies including gardening, fishing, home improvement projects, and photography. The weather is neither too hot nor too cold and you can also have plenty of daylight in which to work. For sports enthusiasts, springtime means the start of baseball season and football season.
At this time of the year, there are many regional festivals all over the country. Spring flower festivals are perhaps the most popular, and they are held throughout the country. There are the ‘Canola Flower Festival’ in Jeju, the ‘Yeouido Spring Flower Festival’ in Seoul, and the ‘Jinhae Gunhangje Festival’ in Jinhae. There are also culture and food festivals in other areas such as the ‘Wild Tea Cultural Festival’ in Hadong, the ‘Butterfly Grand Festival’ in Hampyeong, Cheolla-namdo, and the ‘Bamboo Festival’ in Damyang, also in Cheolla-namdo. There are many other smaller local festivals so be sure to check online for more information.
Now is a great time to get outside and have fun. Even for a moment, let’s forget about all the bad things going on around the world—the war in Libya, the disaster in Japan, the oil price hike, etc. Take time to enjoy the regenerative power of spring and the beauty of new life.
Cecile Hwang -
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