The Return of Persephone, Frederic Leighton 1891
Ancient civilizations seem to have the answer for everything, even the seasons. Why is there a difference in seasons? Why is there spring?
°Demeter was angry and went to Zeus to ask for his help. But instead of getting comfort, she got more furious when she learned that Zeus allowed Hades to kidnap Persephone. Not expecting a quick and fair resolution to her misery, Demeter went down to Earth dressed like an old woman, stopped the crops from growing causing hunger and drought.
The moment when Persephone leaves for the Underworld, the leaves fallout from the trees and the earth dries out. So when we welcome the coming of the spring, that means another thing – Persephone is once again reunited with Demeter.