The word “equinox” means “equal night” and this is because during the equinox the night is equal in length as the day. There are 2 equinox in a year; the spring equinox (usually starts 20-21 March) and the fall equinox (starts September 21-23).
The equinox also marks the beginning of spring.
Many people around the world travel to Chichen Itza during the equinox, this is the most popular spot to celebrate the Spring Equinox in México.
Every year on the autumn and spring equinoxes the light of the sun makes a play of light and shadow which makes it look like a serpent is slithering along the steps of the pyramid known as “El Castillo or the pyramid of Kukulkan”.
This diamond-backed snake is composed of seven or so triangular shadows, cast by the stepped terraces of the pyramid. The sinking sun seems to give life to the sinuous shadows, which make a decidedly snaky pattern on their way down the stairs. Using the patterns of light and shadow appearing on El Castillo throughout the year, the Maya could easily have tracked the seasons.
The illusion is almost as good in the week preceding and following each equinox, and draws much smaller crowds.
This year the equinox occurred March 20, but if you are nearby, don´t miss it, you can still catch a glimpse of this spectacular sight for the next 4/5 days. If you plan on watching this phenomenon on September or next year, remember Playa Del carmen is 2 .5 hours away from Chichen Itza.
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