Put away the snow shovels and those wool mittens, spring is just round the corner. Daylight Saving Time will bring few extra “winks of sleep”. Compared to the horrific weather in other states Michigan is doing well. Let’s hope old man winter doesn’t decide to have a last laugh.
The first Tuesday in March is “Mardi Gras”. Mardi is the French word for Tuesday, and Gras means “fat.” In France, the day before Ash Wednesday came to be known as Mardi Gras, or “Fat Tuesday.” It is a Christian holiday and a popular cultural phenomenon that dates back thousands of years to pagan spring and fertility rites, also known as Carnival or Carnaval. It is celebrated in many countries around the world – mainly those with large Roman Catholic populations – on the day before the religious season of Lent begins. The most famous week long celebrations take place in New Orleans, Brazil and Venice.
Ash Wednesday is on the sixth day of March. It is the first day of Lent and comes from an ancient Jewish tradition of penance and fasting. The practice includes wearing of ashes on the forehead. These ashes symbolize the dust from which God made us. As the priest applies the ashes to a person’s forehead, he speaks these words: “Remember that you are dust”. The Lenten season lasts for forty days.
This is only the third month of the New Year and we are off to a good start. After the gloom of winter spring will soon be here and with Daylight Saving the days are becoming longer. There is a lot going on and let’s not forget St Patrick’s Day when everything turns green: people, animals and everything in between. The downtown “D” is a variable sea of color. Everyone has heard of Cinco Di Mayo but what about Cinco Di “Marcho”? I found this on Google – March 5 Thirsty bros observe Cinco Di Marcho, initiating a 12 day drinking regimen for anyone who wishes train one’s liver for the closing ceremonies on St Patrick’s Day. By the way, this is why we wear GREEN for St Patrick’s Day!
Also in March is the Vernal Equinox. The one time of the year when the sun shines on the equator giving us a near 50-50 split of day and night.
The downtown “D’ has new places, hotels and living spaces popping up every day. One venue new for spring is Plum Market near the foot of Woodward. A Michigan based grocer plans to open in the Ally Detroit Center by summer of 2019. Billed as the company’s first “street concept” the downtown location will offer fast-casual dining options, ready-made items, groceries, and a bar.
All of this “progress” is great for the up-and-coming but what about our wonderful senior population? Just about back where they were to begin with. Are the renovations finished? Well, that remains to be seen. Reasonable grocery stores, retail, and a senior center are still badly needed. I think this group of almost forgotten people are getting lost in a sea ( something akin to a tsunami) of construction and other “make-over” ideas. Lets not see another year go by without anything being done. Its SPRING and our senior’s need a “new beginning” as well.
Until next time. Happy Spring!