I typed the word "when" into my Google search bar. That's it.

If you're unfamiliar, suggested searches show up underneath, based on things other people are looking for.

The top three, in this case: "when is spring," "when does spring start," and "when is the first day of spring."

So if you, like me, were wondering if you were the only one getting really tired of this winter, you're not. Just ask Google.

March 20 is the answer, by the way. It's a Wednesday. It's supposed to be 68 and sunny. So file that little spark of hope away in your heart and count down the days with me.

And when it happens, why not celebrate? There's enough chaos and misery around that it might do us some good to cut loose a little.

If the cold weather has dulled your imaginative spirit, you might try an homage to some of the spring traditions celebrated elsewhere in the world (as reported on AccuWeather.com).

• In Poland, there's something called the drowning of the Marzanna - a crude doll symbolizing the winter. Everyone takes their dolls and parades through the streets toward a river or some other waterway, then the dolls get thrown into the drink, "to symbolize the end of winter's wrath," as the article observes. And if you can't make it to Poland, well, there's always Big Spring Park.

• In Switzerland, there's the Sechseläuten, where a snowman (often filled with explosives) is burned on a stake. And I thought the Swiss were such a peaceful people.

"In modern times, the rate at which the Böögg [that's what they call the snowman] burns is seen as a predictor of summer weather," the article notes. "The faster the fire reaches the head of the snowman, the better the conditions are expected to be."

• Bulgaria has Baba Marta Day - Baba Marta meaning "the grandmother of March." Bulgarians taking part in the observance wear Martenitsi -- red and white bracelets symbolizing health and fertility, and hand out others to wish peace and happiness to their friends and loved ones.

• The town of Zenica in Bosnia holds the Cimburijada, or Festival of Scrambled Eggs, every March, with the egg being a symbol of new life. In the city, huge quantities of scrambled eggs are cooked in massive pots and given away for free.

Now I can't be the only one wishing Zenica was closer to Cadiz, because the Ham Festival and the Scrambled Eggs Festival seem like they would get along famously.

• There are many more to pick from, from Holi in India (where after a night of bonfires and parties, residents hold a giant "color fight" in the streets, throwing dyed powder and letting go of past hardships), to The Netherlands' Bloemencorso Bollenstreek (a 12-hour parade of floats constructed of flowers), to the Fallas festival in Valencia, Spain, which ends with the incineration of papier-maché, firecracker-stuffed figurines known as ninots.

So you have options, and a month to plan, if you want to try to bring one of these traditions home. I might give the exploding snowman a shot -- right after I finish my eggs.