Technically, the equinox occurs when the sun comes in alignment with the equator. Tourists visited the Temple of the Moon and the Temple of the Sun outside of Mexico City to welcome the start of spring.

People surround the Kukulcan Pyramid at the Mayan archaeological site of Chichen Itza in Yucatan State, Mexico, during the celebration of the spring equinox on March 21, 2018.
People surround the Kukulcan Pyramid at the Mayan archaeological site of Chichen Itza in Yucatan State, Mexico, during the celebration of the spring equinox on March 21, 2018. (AFP)

Hundreds of people celebrated the spring equinox on Wednesday with a visit to the Teotihuacan archaeological site outside of Mexico City.

Tourists visited the Temple of the Moon and the Temple of the Sun to welcome the beginning of spring, many of them dressed in white and red.

Technically, the equinox occurs when the sun comes in alignment with the equator.

Women atop the Pyramid of the Sun at the archaeological site of Teotihuacan, northeast of Mexico City, stretch and
Women atop the Pyramid of the Sun at the archaeological site of Teotihuacan, northeast of Mexico City, stretch and "get energy" from the sun as it rises during celebrations of the spring equinox on March 21, 2018. (AFP)

These are colours that according to pre-Hispanic tradition help to better absorb the good energy that peaks during the equinox.

Pyramid of the Moon at the archaeological site of Teotihuacan, in the municipality of Teotihuacan, northeast of Mexico City, taken on the spring equinox on March 21, 2018.
Pyramid of the Moon at the archaeological site of Teotihuacan, in the municipality of Teotihuacan, northeast of Mexico City, taken on the spring equinox on March 21, 2018. (AFP)

At the base of the temples, traditional medicine practitioners performed ritualistic cleansings on tourists.

A woman on a man's shoulder's takes a picture of the Kukulcan Pyramid at the Mayan archaeological site of Chichen Itza in Yucatan State, Mexico, during the celebration of the spring equinox on March 21, 2018.
A woman on a man's shoulder's takes a picture of the Kukulcan Pyramid at the Mayan archaeological site of Chichen Itza in Yucatan State, Mexico, during the celebration of the spring equinox on March 21, 2018. (AFP)

A popular tourist site about an hour's drive north of Mexico City, the massive pyramids at Teotihuacan were built by a relatively little-known culture that reached its height between 100 BC and AD 750.

Men atop the Pyramid of the Sun at the archaeological site of Teotihuacan, northeast of Mexico City,
Men atop the Pyramid of the Sun at the archaeological site of Teotihuacan, northeast of Mexico City, "get energy" from the sun as it rises during celebrations of the spring equinox on March 21, 2018. (AFP)

The site was abandoned by the time the Aztecs arrived in the area in the 1300s and gave it its current name.

People atop the Pyramid of the Sun at the archaeological site of Teotihuacan, inortheast of Mexico City,
People atop the Pyramid of the Sun at the archaeological site of Teotihuacan, inortheast of Mexico City, "get energy" from the sun as it rises during celebrations of the spring equinox on March 21, 2018. (AFP)

Teotihuacan is located 48 kilometres northeast of Mexico City and it is visited by over three million tourists every year.

Source: AP