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Chichén Itzá cancels traditional Spring Equinox vigil in 2021

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The Temple of Kukulkán in Chichén Itzá during the 2019 spring equinox. Foto: File

Chichén Itzá is to remain closed to the public during this year’s spring equinox due to COVID-19 concerns.

The archaeological site will not admit visitors for three days starting March 20. On March 23 gates will open at their usual time, 8 a.m. 

The announcement was made through a press release issued by Mexico’s Institute of History and Anthropology.

During the spring equinox, the famous archaeological site usually attracts thousands of visitors, to observe the astronomical event known as the descent of Kukulkán.

The phenomena occur during the equinox, when the northwest corner of the Kukulkán pyramid casts a series of triangular shadows down the west side of the structure, creating the appearance of a descending serpent down the staircase.

Earlier: Chichén Itzá aims to reopen its dazzling light-and-sound shows

Ancient customs have mingled with New Age spirituality to draw white-clad visitors from around the world seeking to recharge their energy with the rays of the spring sun. Others are simply out for the perfect selfie. 

“As human beings, we are energy, and I agree that we can charge ourselves with energy,” added Erick Gonzalez, a 37-year-old nurse.

In 2007, Chichén Itzá’s Temple of Kukulkán was named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World after a worldwide vote.

Chichén Itzá is the most visited archaeological site in the Yucatán and one of its biggest tourism attractions. 

Chichén Itzá re-opened to the public on Sept. 22, 2020. Safety and hygiene measures have been put in place to safeguard against the transmission of COVID-19. 

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