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Donna Henes, FF Alumn, presents Spring Equinox events, March 20, 2002

Spring Equinox
Spirit Moves Spirit Moves Spirit Moves.....
Procession & 27th Annual Egg Stand

Wednesday March 20, 2002
1:00 PM Meet at Federal Building (with the red cube sculpture) Broadway and Liberty
1:15 PM Processions leaves
1:30 PM Gather at the National Museum of the American Indian.Bowling Green stop of the 4/5
1:45 PM Ceremony begins
2:16 PM Equinox moment

For more than a quarter of a century, Donna Henes, New York City's own urban shaman has been ushering in the spring season with her world famous egg balancing event, Eggs On End: Standing On Ceremony. She has held these vernal equinox celebrations all over the city, from the United Nations to the South Street Seaport, but the World Trade Center was the site that hosted the eggs most often. For 18 years, thousands upon thousands of workers and tourists stood their eggs up on the black marble fountain in the plaza at the Twin Towers, an urban Stonehenge.

This year, the National Museum of the American Indian of the Smithsonian Institute has stepped forward to offer Henes a new home for her 27th annual Vernal Equinox Celebration. At 1PM Wednesday, March 20, Henes, accompanied by a parade of well-wishers decked out in bells and decorative banners will carry a large basket of 360 eggs in a colorful procession from the World Trade Center site down Broadway to the steps of the Museum at the Old Customs Building at the lower tip of Manhattan Island.

The on-site celebration will begin at 1:45PM with a ceremony and a lively countdown to spring. At 2:16PM the gathered crowd will stand the Eggs on End. According to an old Chinese custom, balancing an egg at the first moment of Spring, you will have good luck for the rest of the year.

"Now more than ever, people in our city are seeking a sense of balance and a way to connect with each other and the greater universe around us," says Henes who has been dubbed the Unofficial Commissioner of Public Spirit of New York. "We are all looking forward to the re-birth of Lower Manhattan and a regeneration of our spirit and our desire to live in peace. The egg represents birth and new life. It is a very positive, optimistic symbol and it is universal, recognized by cultures world wide."

Donna Henes is an internationally recognized urban shaman and writer whose joyful celebrations of seasonal events have introduced ancient rituals and contemporary rites to millions of people in more than 100 major cities in nine countries. The author of the acclaimed book, Celestially Auspicious Occasions: Seasons, Cycles and Celebrations, she also publishes a quarterly journal, Always in Season: Living in Sync with the Cycles. She is the proprietress of Mama Donna's Tea Garden and Healing Haven in Brooklyn.