Published March 13, 2016
SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA – The Azteca Mexica New Year is being celebrated this weekend in San Jose, California. The two-day celebration draws thousands of well-wishers who share in the cultural exchange.
This year’s event is the 18th Annual Azteca Mexica New Year celebration at Emma Prusch Park. Yesterday’s celebration began with a sunrise ceremony where Ohlone, Pomo, Zuni and Mexica dancers performed.
Nahuatl is the language of the Aztec. It is a language or group of languages of the Uto-Aztecan language family: Yancuic Xīhuitl, according to the Aztec calendar, is the time to celebrate the New Year. This year’s event represents Nahui Tecpatl, which means flint. The spark of flint is used to light fires and also to symbolize the spark of life and to move forward.
This event is sponsored by Calpulli Tonalehqueh a dance group from San Jose Ca. It begins on Saturday with a Sunrise Ceremony and continues on Sunday. The event includes a number of Native American tribes and groups along with various Aztec Dance groups from the San Francisco Bay Area and from all over. This event is one of the larges of its kind.
Carlos Cuatecpalt (Romero) of Danza Mexica Nanahuatzin states “It is a real new year. The stars in the cosmos are lined up! In the Aztec Calendar it is the year of the reed. It means it is the year of strength and many changes, spiritually. You have to make changes without fear. Do what your heart tells you to, and it is going to be a great year.”
Native News Online photographs by Christopher Burquez.