Around the Northern Hemisphere, people are marking the end of winter with gatherings, rituals and celebrations.
Revelers were covered in colored flour and powders during the Holi One festival in Cape Town, March 2. The event is inspired by the Hindu spring festival of color, Holi, which originated in India.
Cherry trees were blooming in Nanjing, capital of east China's Jiangsu Province, March 17.
Uzbek dancers performed during the festivities marking Navruz, the New Year holiday, in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Tuesday. Navruz dates back to ancient Iranian and Central Asian celebrations of the spring equinox with dances and food.
Tibetan farmers and tassel-bedecked oxen celebrated the beginning of spring plowing near Lhasa, southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region, March 16.
Girls in costumes played during Maslenitsa, or Shrovetide, celebrations marking the end of winter in Starocherkasskaya, Russia, March 18. Itar Tass/Zuma Press
Kyrgyz horsemen took part in the traditional goat-dragging competition as part of Navruz celebrations in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, Tuesday.
The town hall of Valencia, Spain, was engulfed by the smoke from firecrackers on March 17 during a celebration called Las Fallas, marking the end of winter. Jose Jordan/ AFP/ Getty Images
People attacked a snow castle to celebrate Maslenitsa near the village of Novonekrasovsky, some 12 miles north of Moscow, March 17. Maslenitsa is widely viewed as a pagan holiday marking the end of winter, while the Eastern Orthodox Church considers it as the week of feasting before Lent. Maxim Shemetov/Reuters
Cherry trees were blooming in Nanjing, capital of east China's Jiangsu Province, March 17. Liu Jianhua/Xinhua via Zuma Press
Volker Kraft decorated a tree with around 10,000 Easter eggs in his family's garden in Saalfeld, central Germany, Tuesday. He and his wife Christa have been decorating their tree at Easter for more than 40 years. Jens Meyer/Associated Press