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March Equinox – Pawkar Raymi

March 20, 2018

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An event every year that begins at 12:00 am on of March, repeating indefinitely

Practicing for Mushak Nina Festival

The March Equinox holds special importance in the Andean calendar. Often celebrated as the Andean New Year, festivals and community gatherings generally take place on the weekend closest to March 20th. Check out local calendars or ask our community of guides for recommendations of celebrations to attend.

The March Equinox marks an important change in seasons across the globe. North of the Equator, residents welcome rains that herald spring flowers, like those found along the banks of the Yuba River in California. We commonly call it the Spring Equinox.

In the Southern Hemisphere, the March Equinox signals the end of summer. It is sometimes called the Fall Equinox. Residents down south start preparing for winter.

But in Ecuador, where people live in close proximity to the Equator, spring and fall are names that just don’t matter. Indigenous peoples celebrate the beginning of the New Year, called Mushak Nina, on the Spring Solstice, called Pawkar Raymi.

The March Equinox is a celebration of flowers. In the Sierran Andes, the rains begin in November and December.


March 20, 2018
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