Biannual Belly-Button Day Coming Up March 21
Twice yearly we celebrate that humblest, yet most meaningful part of the body, the umbilicus. Usually hidden discretely, the belly-button is the most important part of our body. Through the umbilicus we were fed by our mothers until we could sustain life and were born. No connection is more intimate. None of us get into life without one.
So on this day, March 21, we celebrate life, motherhood, birth, by showing our belly buttons. Whether the umbilical scar is an “innie” or and “outie”, whether decorated with rings and jewels, or naked, natural, and beautiful, let us show our belly buttons. It is no coincidence that belly button day coincides with the vernal equinox. The button symbolizes birth, and the first day of spring does too. Bees emerge from their hives to pollinate the newly sprouted flowers and create new life. Swallows return to Capistrano to build nests and start new families.
Belly dancers know it: the button is the fountain of life, the blessing of humanity, the inspiration of procreation. They proudly display it. In fact they flaunt it. Nubile young women don thongs and bikinis to show their buttons on beaches from Maine to California, and fat old men do too.
So let’s see your umbilicus on March 21. The next Belly Button Day is not until September 21. Enjoy it now.