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Welcoming Spring: A Global Affair

Celebrating our blue planet's annual, rejuvenating tilt toward the sun.

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The ways that people around the world welcome the coming of spring are as varied as the cultures that inhabit our lonely planet. Whether one lives in the northern or southern hemisphere, the feeling around the time of the vernal equinox (March in the north, September in the south) is pretty much the same: Hallelujah! (Pictured: A member of The Druid Order celebrates the Spring Equinox with a ceremony at London's Tower Hill on March 20, 2015.

Flowers of the Field MOHAMMED ABED/AFP/Getty Images Flowers of the Field A young boy walks in a field of wild mustard flowers across the Gaza Strip on March 20, 2017. Bright and Chile Marcelo Benitez/LatinContent/Getty Images Bright and Chile A dancer poses during the Carnival of a Thousand Drums at Playa Ancha Cultural Center in Valparaiso, Chile, in early October 2016. Brilliant SAFIN HAMED/AFP/Getty Images Brilliant Iraqi Kurds watch as fireworks light the sky above a town north of Baghdad, March 20, 2017, during the Nowruz festival celebrations. Face of Spring Barcroft Media/Barcroft Media via Getty Images Face of Spring A girl with colored powder on her face in Dhaka, Bangladesh, during the Dol Utsav celebration signifying the end of winter and the advent of spring, March 2015. Summoning the Sun FRANCISCO LEONG/AFP/Getty Images Summoning the Sun Performers play instruments at sunrise on March 20, 2015, near a prehistoric stone shrine aligned to the spring equinox in Chas, northeast Portugal, on the day of a total eclipse. Run Spring Run VCG/VCG via Getty Images Run Spring Run Residents splash water on each other to celebrate the upcoming spring on March 18, 2015, in Kashi, in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region of China. Sunrise Over Stonehenge Rufus Cox/Getty Images Sunrise Over Stonehenge Modern-day pagans, pantheists, and others celebrate the spring equinox at Stonehenge on March 21, 2015. Qing Spring Feng Li/Getty Images Qing Spring On February 9, 2013, in Beijing, a performer plays the role of the Emperor during a re-enactment of an ancient ceremony: Qing Dynasty rulers praying at Ritan Park to mark the first day of spring. Flower Power Dan Kitwood/Getty Images Flower Power Druids wear flowers in their hair on the spring equinox at Tower Hill on March 20, 2017, in London. The Druid Order has held public ceremonies in London on equinoxes and solstices since 1717. Burning Bright PETRAS MALUKAS/AFP/Getty Images Burning Bright People participate in a spring equinox celebration in Vilnius, Lithuania, on March 24, 2012. Urban Renewal Laszlo Szirtesi/Getty Images Urban Renewal Crocus flowers begin to bloom in Budapest, Hungary on March 1, 2018. Door of Perception ELIZABETH RUIZ/AFP/Getty Images Door of Perception The sun shines directly through the door of the Seven Dolls Temple in the Maya ruins of Dzibilchaltun, Yucatan, Mexico as it rises on the spring equinox on March 20, 2017.
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