Photo: Chichen Itza
Thousands of Mexicans traveled to different pre-Columbian sites, chiefly to Teotihuacan, at some 45 kilometers (28 miles) from Mexico City, and to Chichen Itza in the Yucutan, to get “charged with energy” and greet the spring.
Visitors have been arriving at Teotihuacan since 7:00 a.m. Friday to take part in ancestral ceremonies and rituals celebrating the equinox and welcoming spring, which according to astronomical calculations began the day before.
Teotihuacan is considered one of the most important ceremonial centers to arise in Mesoamerica between 200 B.C. and 750 A.D.
The National Anthropology and History Institute, or INAH, readied a security operation, as it does every year, to guarantee the safety of visitors and to preserve the archaeological sites that can suffer damage and notable deterioration from the masses of people moving through them.
This year the institute expects to receive, between Friday and Sunday, more than 70,000 people at Teotihuacan and tens of thousands more at the numerous sites that still stand around much of Mexican territory.