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Thousands enjoy Chichén Itzá spring equinox

Mérida, Mexico, Mar 21 (EFE).- Triangles of light and shadow on Monday illuminated Chichén Itzá castle, resembling the descent of Kukulcán, the Mayan god who arrives during the spring equinox to fertilize the earth, dazzling thousands of people gathered to enjoy the phenomenon.

During each equinox, the moving shadow of Kukulcán, the feathered serpent god of wind and rain in Mayan mythology, appears on the steps of the pyramid at the ruins in the eastern Mexican state of Yucatan.

The archo-astronomical phenomenon was seen in all its splendor at 4.56 pm on Monday, captivating visitors from various parts of the world.

Romanian tourist Alexandra, and Briana from Atlanta, US, described the descent of Kukulcán as “interesting” and “beautiful.”

Their first time in Yucatan left them full of “energy and good vibes.”

“I feel happy,” the Romanian said.

Orlando Casares, specialist of the National Institute of Anthropology and History of Mexico (INAH), told EFE that “it is certainly a hierophany because it is a manifestation of the sacred with technological and agricultural principles related to astronomy (…) it symbolizes the union with the novel past that is strongly rooted among the present Mayan community.”

INAH authorities are allowing up to 11,000 visitors per day during Mar. 19-21. EFE

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