PHOTOS: Spring Equinox Marked With Fire, Druids, More

 PHOTOS: Equinox Ceremonies Send In the Spring
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London, March 20, 1961--A member of the Ancient Order of Druids society marks the vernal equinox with a horn blast near the Tower of London.

The Tower Hill ceremony is perhaps eclipsed in the public mind by the Druidic summer solstice ritual at Stonehenge. But spring also has an important role in Druidic tradition: Alban Eilir, the equinox celebration shown above, is one of several Druidic spring festivals.

In addition to horn-blowing, the Alban Eilir ceremony also features whiskey, olive oil, a hazelnut, and fire.

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