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Azteca Mexica New YearEthnic

The annual Azteca Mexica New Year celebrates the Aztec New Year. Calpulli Tonalehqueh is pleased to host this annual ceremony that is open to the public. Please come and celebrate with over 500 dancers, singers, drummer, artists present the coming of the new year in our tradition. Vendors of handmade traditional arts and crafts offer goods to the public. 

This event is FREE and open to the public. It runs in parallel to ongoing workshops over the course of the weekend. We invite all nations and cultures to join us. There will also be children's activities. 

More information about our ceremony: Matlactli ihuan Yei - The Number 13 is used to measure the gestation of human life. 13 counts of 20 days plus 1 count of 13 days = 273 days (~9 months). This is the time it takes to give birth to human life from conception to the first breath of life. With this count, our ancestors were able to plan ahead the destiny of their children based on the day they were born. Tecpatl is translated to "Flint knife." In many museums there are examples of these tecpatls, which were used in daily use and industrial use; very fine ones were used by the Texoxotlaticimeh, the Mexica Surgeons. Symbolically Tecpatl represents light, both natural and artificial. Like the light of a torch. It represents the ideas that sprout from sparks from deep down inside of the human mind, product of the two flints colliding. 

We hope that all will come and celebrate in community.

Festival has a children/youth component.

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Occurs in: March

Festival Location: San Jose High Academy

Contact Information:
Calpulli Tonalehqueh
Tamara Mozahuani Alvarado
275 N. 24th Street , San Jose, CA 95116
(408) 239-6129

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