Fire and dance: Celebrating the Spring equinox
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.
Above 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.