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Mar 19 2015

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FIRE AND DANCE RITUALS: Celebrating the Spring Equinox

MEXICO EQUINOXA drummer dressed in a pre-hispanic costume celebrates the Spring Equinox as the sun comes out from behind the Pyramid of the Sun in Teotihuacan, Mexico, March 21, 1999. Photo by Elizabeth Dalziel/AP

 

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By Rebecca Sanchez

The vernal equinox is an annual marker of the beginning of spring, taking place when the sun shines directly on the equator, passing over it from south to north, and carving the day into equal parts darkness and light.

The solar event typically occurs on either March 19th, 20th or 21st, and is celebrated around the world.

This year’s equinox, on Friday, March 20, is considered extraordinary: it will be at the center of a rare collision of celestial events, complete with a solar eclipse and a supermoon, which will both also emerge over the skies.

The following are photos of spring-welcoming rituals from London to Mexico, Kyrgyzstan to Iraq, China and Georgia. Around the globe, druids, zoroastrians, Muslims, pagans and many others will celebrate with rituals of fire, alters made of flowers, national games and traditional dance.

People raise their hands toward the sun

Thousands visit the Pyramid of the Sun during the Spring Equinox in Teotihuacan, Mexico on March 20, 2006. Visitors believe the structure’s energy during that particular period can be transmitted to people. Photo by stringer/AFP/Getty

A shaman of the small northern Shortsy n

A shaman of the small northern Shortsy nation during a ceremony celebrating their New Year in the Spring Equinox in the Siberian city of Kemerovo on March 22, 2008. Photo by Yuri Yuriev/AFP/Getty

Nahuath-Pipil women participate in a cer

Nahuath-Pipil women participate in a ceremony to celebrate the spring equinox in the ceremonial temple of San Andres, 30 kms west of San Salvador on March 20, 2011. Photo by Jose Cabezas/AFP/Getty

People stand around a sacred fire during a ceremony to celebrate the spring equinox in the Kaminaljuyu archaeological zone at Guatemala City

People stand around a sacred fire as offerings of candles, bread and honey burn during a ceremony to celebrate the Spring Equinox in the Kaminaljuyu archaeological zone at Guatemala City, March 21, 2012. Photo by William Gularte/Reuters

Royal sun worship ritual rehearsed to mark spring equinox

Performers dressed in ancient costumes of the Qing Dynasty rehearse a sun worship ritual at Ritan Park in Beijing, China, March 20, 2014. The ritual was held during the Spring Equinox for emperors to pay their respects to the sun. Photo by Lu Xu/AP 

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