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Uaxactún in Guatemala — Spring Equinox Observance & Ceremony

Traditional Mayan ceremony at the footsteps of the pyramids in Uaxactún

TempleOfMasks_Uaxactun_David Aermain

Temple of Masks. Image source: David Aermain. (CC BY-SA 2.5)

What: Spring Equinox Observance & Mayan Ceremony

Where: The Ancient Mayan site of Uaxactún in Guatemala (20km north of the famous ‘Tikal‘)

When: Spring Equinox  Time: Sunrise

About: Observe the Spring Equinox sunrise at the ancient Mayan sacred site of Uaxactún (pronounced ‘washaktun’) rising up the peak of a prominent temple structure. A set of buildings functioning as an astrological observatory have been designed to be used to observe both the equinox and solstice sunrises. This observation point consists of a viewing platform on top of the pyramid-like structure, Temple of Masks, and three buildings to its east that align to it. At the Spring Equinox the sun can been seen rising ‘out of’ the central temple structure it faces.

The city Uaxactún dates back to at least 280AD and was originally called ‘Siaan K’aan’ meaning Born in Heaven. At the equinox and solstice times Mayan ceremonies are held which the public can attend. The ceremonies are in Spanish.

Below is a video of a ritual at dawn on the Uaxactún Spring Equinox, followed by some festive celebrations.

A Note About Visiting Ancient Sites:
Please be mindful and respectful of the ancient sites.  Treat them with care as to not disturb them, damage them or remove anything from them. Help protect these incredible sites so that they can continue to stand the test of time.

Please note: this event is not run by The Spiritual Sun. Please contact the organizers directly or visit their website if you would like more details about this event. Other relevant information including transportation and access can be found here.

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Article and Research by Karim; Edited by Olga Grapsas

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