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Spring Solstice with the Mayans!

Posted by deborahmclaren on March 6, 2009

We’ve just returned from our Yucatan adventure. I’ll write some short reviews over the next few days. First, for anyone interested in heading there for the Spring Soltice on March 21st, you may want to visit the HACIENDA CHICHEN RESORT & YAXKIN SPA, which claims to be “Mexico’s Best Green Jungle Resort and Eco-Spa Wellness Destination.” I wouldn’t disagree!

C.H. is run by 99% Mayan people from local villages. The Hacienda is owned by 4th generation Mexicans who have dedicated their lands and business to improving the land and culture of the Maya. The grounds are a bird sanctuary, set in a lush tropical forest. The restored cottages were originally built for the Carnegie Institute archeologists who were investigating Chichen Itza starting in the early 1900s. Organic foods are grown in their garden and used in their delicious recipes, based on traditional Mayan foods.

At first I was concerned that they advertise Mayan ceremonies as part of their experience. However, I learned that the staff has helped create and promote the work of the local Mayan Elders Association and the Maya Foundation In Laakeech. These organizations are dedicated to preserving Maya culture, creating healthy opportunities for their people, and sharing culturally-appropriate customs and ceremonies with visitors that help them protect the lands they are making a living on.

More from their website:

Both Jose Santos and Lorenzo Tamay have worked since their late teen years at Hacienda Chichen with a high dedicated service attitude to the guests and an eager personal commitment to learn and grow spiritually in the traditional Mayan holistic Cosmovision of their ancestors. Their commitment to the Maya Foundation Board of Trustees has helped them become the Hacienda Chichen’s Maya cultural spokesmen. They work together preparing the many Mayan rituals performed at the Sacred Maya Ceremonial Site use by the Holy Elder J-Men, or Wiseman, while they continue their training to become Elder J-Men themselves.

In their work as Mayan cultural representatives, they continue promoting the Mayan language, culinary arts, and holistic spiritual understanding of the Mayan healing traditions. Their dedication to preserve their ancestors Mayan cultural legacy has help co-workers see the value of their ancestors Cosmovision and spiritual believes. In August 2008, Jose Santos Tamay represented the Maya Foundation In Laakeech in the 8th International Mayan Encounter dedicated preserve the Maya Culture & Traditions, specially the language and rituals, this three day convention was held in Jolom Konob’ (today the town of Santa Eulalia, Guatemala).

Learn more at Hacienda Chichen.

4 Responses to “Spring Solstice with the Mayans!”

  1. Jane Bartholomew said

    We are going to visit Hacienda Chichen for the Spring Solstice 2010. Staying five nights.
    It looks like a fabulous place.
    Before that we are staying at Dos Ceibas south
    of Tulum. A small resort. They have one cabana that has a kitchen so we thought we could save money and have some fun cooking or eating out.
    We are from Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania.
    Thanks for the article.
    p.s. Did you see the solstice? There is a webvideo of the event but there wasn’t much to see.

  2. Candice Dominguez Dahlgren said

    When is Spring Solstice 2010? I need to know, but can’t seem to find it on Google. Your response will be appreciated.

    Candice Dahlgren Dominguez
    San Diego, California, USA

  3. Hi to people who wrote and want to know when the solstice will be this year – its March 20th, 2010. Celebrate wildly! – Deborah

  4. TomP said

    Solstice occurs in Winter and Summer. Spring (Vernal) Equinox in 2010 occurs on Mar 20 2010 1:32 PM EDT, according to the US Naval Observatory.

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