Spring equinox 2024: when it occurs in Mexico


Are you ready to receive it? The equinox marks the beginning of spring in the entire northern hemisphere

The spring equinox is a reason for celebration and rituals for many cultures around the world. For example, in some places in Mexico, such as the pyramids of Teotihuacan or Chichen Itza, tourists arrive to, supposedly, “charge themselves with energy”.

They dress in white and perform ceremonies with which they welcome the season. But what day does this phenomenon occur? Find out the answer in Destinations.

When is the spring equinox 2024?

An equinox is an astronomical phenomenon that occurs when the north and south hemispheres of the Earth tilt towards the opposite side of the Sun. Both poles receive a similar amount of light because the sun king is projected only on the equator.

During the event, the night and the day last the same, although there are people who usually perceive them with more hours because “it takes a long time to get dark”.

In this season, the temperatures become warmer, the trees bloom again and occasionally rains are recorded. Its influence on nature is such that Mexico City is painted purple with the jacarandas, for example.

This year, the spring equinox will occur on Wednesday, March 20 at 03:07 hours in the entire northern hemisphere. In Mexico, the new season will arrive at 21:07 hours.

A curious fact is that, due to the inclination of the Earth, while in the northern hemisphere spring arrives, in countries such as Argentina or Chile they will welcome autumn, as they are located in the southern hemisphere.

In the world there are several festivals alluding to spring. For example, in Nepal and India the Hindu Holi is held during March and April. In this event, in addition to performing various rituals, people throw colored powders to create a cheerful atmosphere.

And Mexico does not lag behind with the celebration. On March 20 and 21, thousands of tourists flock go to the archaeological zone of Teotihuacan, State of Mexico, to see the rise of the Sun over the pyramids.

When this happens, they raise their arms to the sky to take the “energy” that the change of season brings. In previous years, they took the time to climb the Pyramid of the Sun and recharge quartz or obsidian stones for good luck.

It is worth remembering that, in order to preserve the pre-Hispanic vestiges, climbing was prohibited in 2020. Currently, the ritual takes place on the Calzada de los Muertos and on the esplanade.

In case you feel like going, the entrance to the Teotihuacan Archaeological Zone has a cost of $ 90 pesos per person (children under 13, students, professionals and retirees enter for free), and the visiting hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Source: El Universal