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Thousands head to Chichen Itzá to witness spring equinox

Chichen Itzá, Yucatan — Approximately 14,000 people gathered at the base of the archaeological site of Chichen Itzá Wednesday to participate in the arrival of spring.

Mass crowds arrived at the ancient Mayan site to witness the archeoastronomy phenomenon of the spring equinox which marks the beginning of the cultivation cycles among the ancient Mayans.

Although the cloudy sky posed a challenge, the sun was fully visible by 4:00 p.m. allowing for the formation of the seven isolate triangles on the north side of the building known as El Castillo.

The triangles give the appearance of the forming body of a snake that ends in a large head located just below the base of the great pre-Columbian construction that was built in honor of the god Kukulkan, the feathered serpent.

The event caused excitement to the thousands of people who came to the site early to see the phenomenon. Through the event, people were able to observe how the ancient Mayans aligned their buildings and structures with the movement of the sun and the moon throughout its different seasons.

The pilgrimage to the new World Heritage Site of Chichen Itzá is an annual event that continues to attract thousands.