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Spring Retreat – Welcoming Equinox At Chichen Itza

Spring Equinox at Chichen Itza on March

Chichen Itza ruins is probably one of Mexico´s most valuable and sacred places. Represents one of the most popular archeological sites in Riviera Maya and is also among the largest Mayan cities. Just recently was named one of the new 7 wonders of the world.   An estimated of 1.4 million people visit this magnificent place during the year, to go deeper into the Mayan culture and local traditions.

This center of immense culture and history is usually crowded but probably not as crowded as it is during the Spring Equinox Event. This year all the Yucatan peninsula will be the honored host for this incredible ceremony, where archeology and history get together to impress locals and travelers.

History Of The Equinox

Chichen Itza Equinox

Chichen Itza Equinox happens twice a year. There is the autumn Equinox (September) and the Spring Equinox (March), and neither is less impressive than the other. This 2016 it will be the 15th edition of Spring Equinox at Chichen Itza and the Archeological famous site is expecting to host over 30,000 people to celebrate together the appearance of Kukulkán God in the form of a snake shadow descending the main pyramid. There are few spectacles where all the family can enjoy of the activities and get a real taste of what Mayan culture stands for.

History says that Mayans created the Kukulkán temple also known as El Castillo pyramid at Chichen Itza, along with two different calendars that combined will show the proper seasons to start sowing their lands and begin the agriculture season. Mayan civilizations were incredibly smart and used Math, Astronomy, Geometry and even acoustic. Visitors observe that if you locate yourself in front of the main pyramid and clap twice, it will echo making a sound similar to the singing of Quetzal bird. The Kukulkán God was then expected to descend from heaven and receive offerings to help Mayans with a prosper harvest, during the Equinox that was actually named by the Mayans as the Chickabán party.

Activities During The Event

Mayan ceremony

The main spectacle occurs at exactly 3 hours before the sunset starts, that´s when the sunlight location creates a shadow in the form of a snake that descends over the stairs of the main pyramid as the time passes. This solar projection happens in about 10 minutes and starts fading away. Once the snake shadow has descent completely, the last ray of sun projects the head of the snake (Kukulkán God).

During the event there are a couple of spiritual activities like meditation and prayers. Wearing white is highly recommended as the whole purpose of the event is to charge your body with positive energy and improve your spiritual being. The event is also accompanied by meditations and spiritual ceremonies. There are certain groups from all over the world that arrive to Mexico only to attend this incredible event.

Attend The Chichen Itza Equinox

Chichen Itza night Equinox

The Equinox at Chichen Itza will start on March 19th and is expected to finish on March 22nd. During those dates you can observe the Kukulkán snake shadow descending the stairs of the main pyramid. The best date to attend the event is March 21st and the spectacle starts around 4pm.

This event is full of energy and excitement, a lot of people get together and extend their arms towards the pyramid to receive Kukulkán´s energy. The vibe is very powerful and you can feel the vibe of all the people. With no doubt the Equinox at Chichen Itza is one of the main cultural events that represent true Mexican culture.

If you don’t want to miss the Equinox this year, you can request the tickets directly at [email protected]  or request more information about other events at the main Archeological sites.

Paulina is a crazy animal lover who has been living in the Riviera Maya for over 9 years. Her expertise is designing unique vacations for travelers and visitors. This comes from her desire to share her area knowledge, local restaurant secrets, and cool cultural experiences that have been a large part of her life on the coast. Paulina never sits still on her day off as she feels there is always something to see, a new beach to check out or a new restaurant to try. She loves answering questions and helping you plan your next vacation. [email protected]

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