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2 A girl enjoys the warm weather in St James's Park in London, England. Temperatures reached 17 degrees celsius (63F) that day. Signs of Spring… Music: Spring Is Nearly Here by THE SHADOWS

3 A robin sits on a snow-covered tree feeding on berries in Queen Elizabeth Park in Vancouver. Vancouver had been covered in an unseasonal blanket of snow the previous night.

4 Elderly Russian men and women sunbathe near the wall of the Peter Paul fortress in St. Petersburg, enjoying some sunshine at the end of a long harsh winter.

5 A duck pecks at shiny coins frozen in the ice of the Neva river in St. Petersburg

6 The sun sets behind the London eye at the end of a warm day in London, England.

7 A young woman relaxes between thousands of crocuses near the river Rhine in Dusseldorf, Germany,

8 Effigies burn during the finale of the Fallas festival, which welcomes spring and honours Saint Joseph's Day, in Valencia in the early hours. Fallas are elaborate giant sculptures and effigies made of wood and plastic which are burned at the end of the week-long spectacle of processions, fireworks, music and dancing.

9 The sun rises over Stonehenge as druids celebrate the Spring Equinox at Stonehenge near Amesbury, Wiltshire, England. Several hundred druids and pagans were granted special access to the ancient monument to mark the date in the calender when the length of the day and the night are equal.

10 An Afghan girl plays as others gather to celebrate the Afghan New Year in Kabul. Afghanistan uses the Persian calendar which runs from the vernal equinox. The calendar takes as its start date the time when the Prophet Mohammad moved from Mecca to Medina in 621 AD. The current Persian year is 1388.

11 Cherry blossoms in full bloom are seen inside a garden on a spring day in Srinagar, Kashmir.

12 Outside the biological farm Den Hartig in Abcoude, The Netherlands, cows jump around in their meadow. On that day the cows were allowed to go outside for the first time since last autumn.

13 Iraqi Kurds carry torches up a rocky hill as they celebrate Nowruz in the Kurdish town of Akra, 500km north of Baghdad on March 20, 2009. Nowruz marks the first day of spring and the beginning of the year in Iranian calendar. It is celebrated on the day of the astronomical vernal equinox, which usually occurs

14 Girls dance on stage at a Spring Break dance contest at the Coca-Cola Beach at the Radisson hotel on South Padre Island, Texas.

15 People stand on top the Pyramid of the Sun at sunrise during the spring equinox in Teotihuacan, Mexico, Saturday,

16 A woman crouches amongst the daffodils in London's St James' Park to take a photograph, as the capital enjoyed spring sunshine.

17 Masked dancers wear their traditional ritual masks during a festival in the village of Kalipetrovo, north-east of the Bulgarian capital of Sofia, Saturday. Ritual mask dances are popular in rural Bulgaria with participants dressed in sheepskin garments and wearing scary masks with the intention to drive away the evil spirits or ghosts for the beginning of the spring season.

18 People attend the spring equinox in front of the Kukulkan Pyramid (or "El Castillo") in Chichen Itza, Mexico. This Mayan pyramid was built so that the shadows of a corner of the pyramid would fall on a stairway and create the image of an illuminated serpent (visible on the left side).

19 A young skier begins to sink as she tries to skim across a pond during a spring skiing ritual at Pat's Peak ski area in Henniker, New hampshire.

20 A dancer in a national costume performs during festivities marking the holiday of Navruz in Tashkent, Uzbekistan

21 Strollers walk through a sea of crocusses in the park of the castle in Husum, northern Germany, as temperatures reached nine degrees Celsius (48.2 Fahrenheit). According to a legend, monks in the 15th century planted the first crocusses here, and today some 4.5 million of them blossom here.

22 Dancers perform next to the Pyramid of the Sun during spring equinox in Teotihuacan, Mexico.

23 A Kazakh woman shows her nomad's tent decorated and furnished for the traditional Nowruz festival, which marks the Kurdish and Iranian New Year, in Baikonur.

24 A flock of snow geese fly over Wolf Lodge Bay Wednesday, March 18, 2009 on the east side of Lake Coeur d'Alene near Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. The birds migrate from their winter area of the western Gulf Coast to their summer range of northern Alaska and arctic Canada for breeding.

25 The lights shine on Ed Smith Stadium as the Cincinnati Reds play the Boston Red Sox in a spring training baseball game in Sarasota, Fla.

26 A squirrel looks around while climbing a tree in a park in central Minsk, Belarus.

27 New Yorkers are covered in colored powder and dye during Holi, also known as Phagwah, celebrations in the Queens borough of New York City. Holi is originally an Indian festival marking the arrival of spring and is also called the Festival of Colors. Many of the New York participants are of Indo-Caribbean descent from Guyana and Trinidad where the festival is known as Phagwah.

28 A dog stands behind crocuses in full bloom at the Olympic parc in Munich, southern Germany.

29 Sofia Noyes, age 3 1/2, plays ball with her father, Erik Noyes, in Cambridge, Massachusetts on a blustery early spring day. End slide show…


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