PHOTOS: Spring Equinox Marked With Fire, Druids, More

 PHOTOS: Equinox Ceremonies Send In the Spring
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Teotihuacán, Mexico, March 21, 2004--On the vernal equinox, visitors bask in spring's first sunlight atop the Pyramid of the Sun in the ancient pre-Aztec city of Teotihuacán—one of many annual equinox celebrations worldwide.

In 2009 the vernal, or spring, equinox falls on Friday, March 20. The spring equinox is the first day of the solar new year and one of two days each year when day and night are equally long—at least in theory (vernal equinox facts).

The Pyramid of the Sun is the third largest pyramid in the world—smaller than only the Pyramids of Giza, Egypt, and Cholula, Mexico. It has served as a gathering place for meteorological events since its creation about 2,000 years ago.

--Chris Combs

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