Free and open to the public.
Aztec Mexica New Year Festival of the Twin Cities
Kalpulli Yaocenoxtli, a traditional Mexica Aztec dance and drum community is organizing the Aztec Mexica New Year Festival with local community organizations and businesses.
This family-friendly, cultural festival highlights and celebrates the indigenous diversity of the Twin Cities. Guests will receive the opportunity to: observe a traditional Aztec/Mexica dance ceremony honoring the Aztec New Year, create stamp art inspired by Aztec/ Mexica symbols, play games and win prizes, learn about community resources, see displayed Mexica art from Battle Creek Middle School students, and eat at the community feast.
Where: Johnson Senior High School- 1349 Arcade Street, Saint Paul, MN 55106
When: Saturday, March 15, 2014 11 am – 4 pm
The Mexican calendrical system is based on a rigorous, scientific study of nature, by neither one person, nor during a particular historical event. It was developed by multiple communities throughout the course of hundreds and even thousands of years, through which diverse agreements, correlations and corrections were recorded.
There are four year-signs within the Mexican calendar: Kalli (house), Tochtli (rabbit), Akatl (reed) and Tekpatl (flint knife). Each has its days commencing at the same hour: Kalli- 12:45 am, Tochtli- 6:45 am, Akatl- 12:45 pm, Tekpatl- 6:45 pm. Once four years have passed, an entire day is recovered whereas the Gregorian calendar adds an additional day every four years (leap year).
On Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at 6:45 am, the year ome-tochtli (two rabbit) will begin. The number Two represents duality and the symbol of the rabbit represents creativity and fecundity.
More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/600404506674889/