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In pictures: Mexico equinox

Pilgrims on top of the Pyramid of the Sun in Teotihuacan, Mexico

Thousands of pilgrims have flocked to the Pyramid of the Sun at Teotihuacan, Mexico, to hail the first rays of sun of the spring equinox.

Performers dressed as Aztecs perform the dance of the four winds around the Sun Pyramid at the Teotihuacan site

The visitors believe the ancient structure holds a special energy at the equinox which they can receive...

Pilgrims raise their hands to the sun on the Pyramid of the Sun

... especially if they are dressed in white.

Performer in Aztec clothing, for the Dance of the Four Winds

Perfomers in Aztec costume join the ceremony, to perform dances as part of the ritual.

Soldiers on top of the Sun Pyramid

More than 1,500 federal soldiers have been sent to ensure the revelries don't get out of hand.

A couple observe the Pyramid of the Moon on top of the Pyramid of the Sun in Teotihuacan, Mexico on Monday, March 20, 2006.

The site also houses the Pyramid of the Moon, which is older but not as high.

Watch pilgrims marking the first day of spring in Mexico


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