PHOTOS: Spring Equinox Marked With Fire, Druids, More

 PHOTOS: Equinox Ceremonies Send In the Spring
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Warsaw, Poland, March 21, 2006--Traditionally costumed figures parade on stilts as part of the Polish celebration of the vernal equinox.

Another Polish equinox custom is to carry an effigy of Marzanna—a goddess associated with winter—from house to house, then strip it, set it aflame, and drown it.

Though originally performed on the fourth Sunday of the Christian period of Lent, the Marzanna drowning is now carried out by children on the first day of spring—the vernal equinox.

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