Azteca Mexica New Year Matlactli Ihuan Ce Tochtli
The Azteca Mexica people and the larger Native Community will be conducting its annual Ceremony for the Yancuic Xihuitl - The Azteca Mexica New Year on March 13, 2010 and the celebrations will go on until Sunday from 10am to 5pm. The New Year begins March 12 at sunrise or about 6am according to the Ancient Aztec Solar Calendar of 365.25 days at the National Hispanic University in San Jose.
This will be the Year Matlactli Ihuan Ce Tochtli (11 Rabbit), a year of abundant fertility, of working for those things which bring pleasure and harmony into our lives. This extends out to our community and world beyond. It is a good year to start or add to your family; to develop and put to good use your skills and abilities; to improve your home and community environment; to strive for understanding and harmonious relations. The number 11 signifies rest, pleasure and leisure.
The entire community is welcome to join the celebration of the New Year with a full weekend of Native Dancers representing the Ohlone, Zuni, Zapoteca, Northern & Southern Traditional and the hosting Azteca Mexica peoples.
Saturday, March 13, 2009 will begin at 6am with a traditional sunrise ceremony and honoring of the Elders. There will also be an Azteca Naming Ceremony conducted by the renowned Maestro Ocelocoatl, from Mexico City, where members of the community receive their traditional names according to the day and time they were born on the Ancient Aztec Calendar.
Also, joining us will be Master Flute Player Xavier Quijas Yxayotl (www.yxayotl.com) who will playing live both Saturday with the Azteca Dancers and on Sunday, March 14, 2009 as well.
A traditional marketplace or Tianguiz with over 40 booths will take place both days, with indigenous vendors offering their original art work including wood carvings, paintings, leather bags, feather ornaments, clay musical instruments, clothing, jewelry, educational books, DVDs and CDs.