Where to See Cultural Spring Equinox Rituals Around the World
Spring equinox rituals date back to before common era—here’s where you can still experience them.
The spring equinox 2020 may not seem like an intuitive reason to travel—but it should be, because so many cultures around the world celebrate the beginning of spring in unique ways. Not only that, but some elements of the original wonders of the world were built to track the equinox and signify a new season to ancient civilizations.
Before we delve further into spring equinox rituals and where to experience them, we’ll answer the more pressing question: what is the spring equinox? The word equinox derives from Latin and signifies a 24-hour period of equal night and day. The official moment of the equinox happens twice over the course of the year, when the sun is directly above the equator. The spring equinox (or vernal equinox) happens in March, and the autumnal in September. On the day of the equinox—which changes each year—most time zones experience 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of night. The spring equinox 2020 falls on March 19.
To witness the historical and spiritual implications of the spring equinox around the world, visit these destinations: