Amazing Sites to Celebrate the Spring Equinox in Mexico


During the Spring Equinox, the sun is positioned right over the equator and is celebrated throughout the world. It represents the return to warmer weather and the beginning of Spring. In Mexico, there are many festivals and gatherings which take place at this time. In particular, many people travel to the archeological sites across the country to participate in ceremonies and rituals. The ancient civilizations of Mexico closely followed the weather, change of seasons and alignment of the sun and stars and even built structures and temples based on the angles of the sun’s rays. In 2020, the spring equinox falls from March 19th to the 22nd and here is our guide to some of the best archeological sites so that you can have a truly unique experience!



One of the most popular Mayan ruins to visit for the spring equinox, Chichen Itza is a located in the heart of the Yucatan Peninsula. The central Kukulkan temple was built according to incredibly specific astronomical observations. During the spring (and autumn) equinox in the late afternoon, the rays of the sun create incredible light and shadows which creates the illusion of a snake creeping down the steps of the pyramid. This symbolizes the snake bringing together the heaven, earth and underworld. This event is considered to be one of the most exciting ways to celebrate the equinox and people come from all over the world to admire the spectacle!

One of Mexico’s most impressive archeological sites, Teotihuacan is another great option to view the spring equinox. During this time, thousands of visitors come to the site dressed in white robes and red scarves to perform rituals at the top of the Pyramid of the Sun. They dance, recite prayers and raise their arms as the sun rises to embrace the spiritual energy which is supposedly stronger at this time of year. A short trip from Mexico City, this is a truly amazing spectacle to witness.



There are many other sites where visitors can appreciate the spring equinox throughout Mexico. In the state of Veracruz, the archeological site of El Tajin is another site said to have heightened spiritual energy at this time of year. There is no particular spectacle to view but many gather to enjoy the mystical atmosphere and honor the ancient traditions at this impressive site which was once one of the most important ceremonial centers of this part of Mexico. The nearby town of Papantla plays host to the Cumbre Tajin festival every spring equinox. This is a bright and colorful celebration which includes the famous tradition of the voladores dancers who fly from high poles.



Xochicalco is another popular site to visit due to its astronomical significance during its heyday. This is another site easily accessible from Mexico City. Here, there are structures which were built with extreme precision based on sunlight during the summer solstice and also when the sun is directly above. And, finally, close to Merida you can find Dzibilchaltun which is a less touristy site. Here the sun rises directly in the middle of the arch during the spring equinox. The sun’s rays shine through the windows and doors creating spectacular beams of light.



Amazing Sites to Celebrate the Spring Equinox in Mexico