Now is the time to choose seeds and dream of fresh off the vine produce and kitchen creations, direct from the garden. As we get ready to plant fruits, vegetables and herbs, we thought we’d look at how some cultures and religions plant seeds and welcome spring.
The idea of blessing seeds is certainly not new. It was and still is a part of seasonal planting in Native American cultures. In Catholicism, the Rogation Days are when farmers and gardeners pray for protection in fields and for livestock. In Sonsonate, El Salvador there’s a ritual of the indigenous community Los Izalcos to bless seeds before the planting season. And for some, the spring Equinox is a traditional time to perform special blessings over the seeds which were gathered the previous fall.