Cancun, Q.R. — Thousands of people gathered in different places around Cancun and Riviera Maya to participate in the Mayan spring equinox events.
The archaeological site of Chichen Itzá was one of the busiest as nearly 10,000 spectators headed to the ancient Maya ruins to witness the archeoastronomy phenomenon of the spring equinox that marked the beginning of the cultivation cycles among the Mayans.
The fully visible sun formed the seven isolate triangles on the north side of the building referred to as El Castillo. The triangles give the appearance of the forming body of a snake, which ends in a large head located just below the base of the great pre-Columbian construction and that was built in honor of the god Kukulkan (the feathered serpent).
Other events around Cancun and Playa del Carmen included Mayan ceremonies to ring in the new cultivation cycle. Hundreds gathered in Playa del Carmen to watch as the prehispanic priest, Luis Nah, performed the annual Mayan spring equinox ceremony.
During the traditional observance, music from pre-Hispanic percussion and wind instruments were played along with chants in the Mayan language hoping for peace, positive energy and a successful season.
Hermelindo Be Cituk, head of indigenous cultures within the Institute for Culture and Arts said, “Part of the positive energy of the equinox and the Mayan people is the beginning of a season of hope and joy for all.”