Vernal Equinox

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Kurdish men wearing traditional clothing and carrying flaming torches arrive at the top of a mountain overlooking Akre. This is the culmination of the day's festivities. [John Beck/Al Jazeera]

Kurds in Iraq ring in the new year

The ancient festival of Newroz marks the first day of spring and the vernal equinox.

A young woman flashes the victory sign in front of a bonfire as Turkish Kurds gather during Newroz celebrations for the new year in Diyarbakir, southeastern Turkey, on 21st March 2018. Newroz (also known as Nawroz or Nowruz) is an ancient Persian festival, which is also celebrated by Kurdish people, marking the first day of spring.

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SIGNS OF SPRING:A family celebrating the spring equinox raises their hands toward the sun as they celebrate the spring equinox atop the Pyramid of the Sun at the Teotihuacan archeological site in Mexico, Tuesday, March 21. Although the official vernal equinox occurred on Monday, thousands of visitors were expected to climb the ancient pyramid on Tuesday to greet the sun and celebrate the beginning of spring. PHOTO: ASSOCIATED PRESS/REBECCA BLACKWELL

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People gathered in large numbers at Pankri Burwadih in Hazaribag, India, on Monday morning to witness the vernal equinox when the rays of the sun fall perpendicularly over the equator resulting in equal length of day and night. This unique phenomena can be seen from this megalithic site, about 120 km from the state capital. The clear sky over Hazaribag ensured good visibility as the sun rose from the horizon.

People gathered in large numbers at Pankri Burwadih in Hazaribag, India, on Monday morning to witness the vernal equinox when the rays of the sun fall perpendicularly over the equator resulting in equal length of day and night. This unique phenomena can be seen from this megalithic site, about 120 km from the state capital. The clear sky over Hazaribag ensured good visibility as the sun rose from the horizon.

A spring goddess statue stands next to an egg. The egg is a symbol of new beginnings.  COURTESY CRAIG SLOAN, CO-OWNER BLU LOTUS

Ostara: Light of the Earth - symbols of new beginnings - Montclair Local News

By DEBORAH ANN TRIPOLDI tripoldi@montclairlocal.news Montclair resident Joe Longo, co-owner of Blu Lotus on Church Street, intends to balance a raw egg at precisely 12:15 p.m. Tuesday, March 20. Tuesday is the Spring Equinox, also known as Ostara or Alban Eilir (Light of the Earth) in the Druid and Pagan traditions. It is a customary […]

Children in traditional Kurdish clothing, pose for the photographer during the Newroz celebration, in Diyarbakir, southeastern Turkey, Tuesday, March 21, 2017. In Turkey, the spring festival traditionally serves as an occasion to demand more rights for the Kurdish minority. Photo: Lefteris Pitarakis.

Children in traditional Kurdish clothing, pose for the photographer during the Newroz celebration, in Diyarbakir, southeastern Turkey, Tuesday, March 21, 2017. In Turkey, the spring festival traditionally serves as an occasion to demand more rights for the Kurdish minority. Photo: Lefteris Pitarakis.

Was the Margao church designed and built according to an astronomical calculation? The answer could be derived from the date, March 21 — vernal or spring equinox. At 6.15pm, beams of sunlight entered the three windows on the upper level of the church’s front façade.

Was the Margao church designed and built according to an astronomical calculation? The answer could be derived from the date, March 21 — vernal or spring equinox. At 6.15pm, beams of sunlight entered the three windows on the upper level of the church’s front façade.

A Kurdish man jumps over the fire for good luck in the new year [TNA]

The world celebrates a happy Newroz 2017

The New Arab has put together a series of videos of people...

Did you know you can go for a picnic with Druids on Primrose Hill this Sunday?

Did you know you can go for a picnic with Druids on Primrose Hill this Sunday?

What's happening?Londoners are celebrating the spring equinox on Primrose Hill this Sunday. The Loose Association of Druids will gather at 12.30pm in the Hawt

On the vernal equinox, the sun rises directly over the central tower at Angkor Wat in Cambodia. Photo by សុខគឹមហេង

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Ibrahim Parlak and Vivi Van Plew-Cid leap over the traditional Newroz fire at Cafe Gulistan in Harbert on Sunday, March 25. - photo by David Johnson

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A Kosovo dervish, adept of Sufism, a mystical form of Islam, pierces his neck with a needle during a ceremony in a prayer room in Prizren during Newroz celebrations March 22, 2018. — AFP pic

Kosovo Dervishes pierce their mouths in celebration of spring | Malay Mail

PRIZREN (Kosovo), March 23 — Like every spring, the Dervishes in Kosovo yesterday celebrated the beginning of the season by dancing and pushing skewers into their mouths in a quest for heavenly salvation. Considered as a mystic sect by their fellow Muslims, some 60 Dervishes gathered in the...

People react during a gathering celebrating Newroz in Diyarbakir (Reuters)

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People celebrate Newroz in the southeastern city of Diyarbakir on March 21, 2017. Photo: Bulent Kilic | AFP

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