Throughout the centuries, the Mayans of the Yucatan Peninsula have celebrated the Spring Equinox with their traditions and architecture. Thousands of years ago, the ancient Mayans began to notice the relationship between the stars and the seasons, and even today there are surviving Mayan buildings and pyramids whose design was inspired by the position of the sun on the days of the solstices and equinoxes. Every March 21, for example, thousands of people from across the world travel to the ancient city of Chichen Itza in Yucatan to see the “descent of the serpent”; on the Spring Equinox, a shadow appears in the form of a serpent on the staircase of “El Castillo” pyramid, created by the position of the sun on this special day.
On March 21, 2013, we will also celebrate the Spring Equinox at Sandos Caracol Eco Experience Resort. Our guests will have the opportunity to learn the meaning that the equinox has for the Mayans. We’ll also offer a variety of activities to open the mind to the spiritual importance of this day through meditation, eco tours, Mayan rituals and much more. Our activities for the Spring Equinox will include:
Meditation on the beach
Equinox eco tours
Sessions in the temazcal, a traditional Mayan sweat lodge
Mayan ball game ceremony
Live music and Mayan shows
Special lunch with traditional Yucatan cuisine (tamales, salbutes, cochinita, etc.)
Broadcast of the “descent of the serpent” at Chichen Itza
People from the Mayan community explaining the significance of the equinox
The Fire of Life Ceremony
Join us as we explore everything the Spring Equinox has to offer us on March 21, 2014 at Sandos Caracol Eco Experience Resort.