Mexico hosts Mayan culture festival

19th Dec 2012

An exciting festival celebrating Mayan culture is taking place in the Mexican state of Yucatan.

The "Festival of Maya Culture 2012, the Time" includes close to 100 activities and attractions across different municipalities within the state.

It is all part of a series of events to mark the end of the first era of the Maya calendar which began on August 13, 3114 BC and reaches its conclusion between December 21 and 23 this year before starting a new cycle.

Travellers enjoying tailor made holidays in the region are getting to enjoy a unique insider view of Mayan cultural traditions this month - and the lectures, music, dance, theatre and art at this festival have only added to the once-in-a-lifetime experience.

A reading from the holy book of the Popol Vuh got the festival under way, followed by a Mayan dance performance and a version of pok ta pok, which is a ball game played by the early inhabitants.

The territory's governor Rolando Zapata described the festival as a time machine that links the past with the present.

Mayan civilisation spread across a large part of what is known as Mesoamerica, which covers modern day Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, El Salvador and the southeastern Mexican states of Campeche, Chiapas, Quintana Roo, Tabasco and Yucatan.

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