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Spring equinox festivals are known to welcome the oncoming warm weather, especially in regions with colder climates. Despite this frequently observed pattern, tropical countries such as Mexico and Indonesia have actually been host to some incredible and brilliantly colored spring equinox festivals. Photographers from the National Geographic have captured some of the magic, as well as the sacred rituals known to accompany these celebrations.

Floating hot air balloons in Mexico and devil-scaring tactics in Indonesia are only some of the practices that will be carried out during this year’s spring equinox ceremonies. While the traditions vary in terms of ideals and focus, the host countries are all united in their appreciation for the coming season. As the change indicates new possibilities, these gatherings will all be met with hope and cheer.