April is a rejuvenating time of the year. It not only promises us bountiful, soothing showers, but also coaxes out many colorful flowers too excited to wait for the month of May. Much to our relief, the threat of cold weather is over and there is no more ice or snow to deter us from going somewhere and doing something.
Finally, we shed our coats and gloves along with our winter gloom, surrendering ourselves to the warm rays of sunshine and pleasant breezes. It feels great to be back again in Mother Nature’s warm embrace.
I also love April for its calendar, for it is packed with activities, especially those catering to the outdoors like National Walking Day, Bicycle Day, and Earth Day. For me, the most exciting day of the month resides in the wilderness of my imagination: National Unicorn Day.
Unicorns are ancient mythical creatures in both Eastern and Western cultures. Throughout history, they have thrived in our imaginations, roaming from the Indus Valley to Greece and Persia, until they spread their presence throughout much of the world.
Like their counterpart, dragons, who have the head of an ox and scales of a fish, unicorns are also partially made of real animals.
Most importantly, they have the body of a white horse with a long, luscious mane and tail. Some believe that they have an expansive pair of eagle wings, ready to spread out and fly, while others imagine them with a goat’s beard, gentle and wise. The most distinctive part of unicorns is, of course, the long, spiraled horn on their forehead.
Unicorns are legendary and timeless, often found in our fairytales and folklore, although these days, we mostly see them as stuffed toys in the arms of our children, colorful as a rainbow, soft and cuddly. As for us grownups, unicorns have mostly been tucked away in our dust-laced memory chests.
Not anymore. April 9 is now a special day dedicated to these mythical creatures. Founded in 2015, National Unicorn Day wants to bring these enchanting animals back into our lives, inspiring people of all ages to rekindle their imaginations and their love for unicorns.
Growing up in China, I’ve enjoyed my fair share of imaginary animals such as dragons and phoenixes. And now, I have added unicorns to my collection. With their long and rich history, there is much to be learned about my new friends. Since unicorns are woodland creatures, I want to use this perfect time of the year to explore the wild, and maybe, just maybe, I will find them out there.
Refections From the East Column
By Qin Stubis