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Mayan New Year's Celebration 2021

Observe authentic indigenous traditions in the 21st century


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The indigenous people of Guatemala remain faithful to their ancient traditions and celebrate Mayan New Year as their ancestors once did. Ancient traditions dictate that participants must wear new hats, and carry Mayan bags. One particular tradition includes pulling down old pottery along with fiber mats.

Needless to say, the festivities feature lots of rituals, dancing, and singing. Besides, you will see plenty of blue colors, considered a sacred hue in Mayan culture. In addition to ancient elements of the Mayan New Year celebration, modern iterations are also observed within the festival: people play baseball games and organize social bonfires. The date depends on the Mayan calendar. The festive ceremonies take place both at sunrise and sunset, and the most spectacular performances are held around Lake Atitlán.

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