Across the globe, people celebrate the spring equinox -- for some the end of winter, and for many, a good reason to party.
Above, people raise their hands as the sun shines directly through a window of the Temple of the Seven Dolls in the Mayan city of Dzibilchaltun in the state of Yucatan.
An Afghan family sit and eat ice-cream in Kabul during Nowruz, which marks the first day of spring and the beginning of the year in the Persian calendar.
Afghan Buzkashi players line up their horses in front of a goat carcass prior to the start of a game in Kabul.
Children balance eggs in a kindergarten in Zaozhuang City, east China's Shandong Province. Some believe the sun's equidistant position between the poles of the Earth on the first day of the spring create special gravitational forces.
A Nahuat-Pipil boy blows into a conch during a ceremony at the temple of San Andres, in El Salvador.
Accompanied by a City of London police officer, members of a Druid sect walk through the street as part of their spring equinox celebrations.
An artist performs during a Nowruz celebration in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
A traffic police officer is seen with flowers fitted near her revolver during a carnival as part of the spring equinox at Paseo de la Reforma Avenue in Mexico City.
Students participate in a celebration at Sventaragio Valley in Vilnius.
Visitors arrive to watch the sunrise at the megalithic Mnajdra Temple during the vernal equinox, outside Valletta, Malta Island, Malta.