How spring's arrival is celebrated around the world
Whether you woke up in London, China, or anywhere else in the Northern Hemisphere on March 20, chances are you were no less than thrilled to greet the first day of spring.
From cherry blossom-gazing and bonfire-lighting to singing and dancing, each nation celebrates the season in its own way, but however you welcome it, there is no denying that a feeling of rejuvenation is in the air.
Scrolling through these photos of spring celebrations across the globe, you’ll feel a cheerful energy radiating off the page. And if that inspires you to get out there and embrace the season yourself, check out our favorite spring road trips, spring break tips, cherry blossom info, and tulip-filled trip ideas.
Members of The Druid Order celebrate the spring equinox with a ceremony at Tower Hill, London. The Spring Equinox, which celebrates new life, fertility, and when daytime and night are of equal duration, is celebrated at numerous locations throughout the country.
People attend Nowruz celebrations, the traditional Iranian festival of spring which starts at the exact moment of the vernal equinox, in Baku, Azerbaijan.
Tourists enjoy the cherry blossoms at Jiming Temple in Nanjing, China.
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A young boy walks amidst wild mustard flowers, which grow in fields across the Gaza Strip during spring.
A man dressed up as the Green Kosa, who is believed to prevent famine and unhappiness and bring plentifulness and happiness for the whole year, performs during the Nowruz in Igdir, Turkey.
Villagers perform during a traditional celebration for the spring season in the village of Douzhai in Congjiang county, in southwest China’s Guizhou province.
People’s Democracy Party MPs Feleknas Uca and Sibel Yigitalp dance with party members in traditional clothing on March 20, 2017 in Diyarbakir, on the eve of Newroz celebrations.
The Kurdish and Iraqi flag sway in the wind as a bonfire burns during the Noruz spring festival celebrations in the northern city of Kirkuk, about 150 miles north of Baghdad.
Children enjoy standing eggs on end to celebrate the spring equinox in China, where legend says it’s easier to balance them on this day.
People celebrate as the sun rises on the spring equinox at the Seven Dolls Temple, in the Mayan ruins of Dzibilchaltun, in the Mexican state of Yucatan.
This article originally appeared in Travel & Leisure.