Aztec Mexica New Year Festival of the Twin Cities, free and open to the public.

Saturday, March 21, 2015 - 11:00am to Sunday, March 22, 2015 - 4:00pm

What: Aztec Mexica New Year Festival of the Twin Cities, free and open
to the public.

Who: Kalpulli Yaocenoxtli, a traditional Mexica Aztec dance and drum
community is organizing the Aztec Mexica New Year Festival with
local community organizations and businesses.

When: Saturday, March 21, 2015 11 am – 4 pm
Where: Johnson Senior High School - 1349 Arcade Street, Saint Paul, MN
Sunday, March 22, 2015 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
East Phillips Cultural Center - 2307 17 Ave South, Minneapolis, MN

Why: This family-friendly, cultural festival highlights and celebrates the
indigenous diversity of the Twin Cities. On Saturday, March 21, Guests will have the opportunity to observe a traditional Aztec/Mexica dance ceremony honoring the New Year – Yei Akatl (three reed). We are honored to have various Indigenous community groups join us and present in celebrating the Aztec/Mexica New Year Festival. Guests may participate in activities of art-making inspired by the Aztec/ Mexica New Year, and other games and prizes. Community resources and vendors will also be on hand and a free community meal will be served.

On Sunday, March 22, classes will be shared on integrated Pre-Columbian traditional knowledge and teachings of the Tonalmachiotl (often incorrectly referenced as the “Aztec Calendar”), music, and nahuatl philosophy. Community resources and indigenous vendors will be available.

The Mexican calendrical system is based on a rigorous, scientific study of nature, by
neither one person, nor during a particular historical event. It was developed by multiple communities and indigenous nations throughout the course of hundreds and even thousands of years, through which diverse agreements, correlations and corrections were recorded. There are four year-signs within the Mexican calendar: Kalli (house), Tochtli (rabbit), Akatl (reed) and Tekpatl (flint knife). Each has its days commencing at the same hour:Kalli- 12:45 am, Tochtli- 6:45 am, Akatl- 12:45 pm, Tekpatl- 6:45 pm. Once four years have passed, an entire day is recovered whereas the Gregorian calendar adds an additional day every four years (leap year).

On Thursday, March 12, 2015 at approximately 1:00 pm (CST) the year Yei Akatl (three reed) will begin. The number 3 represents fluidity, intuition and decision while the symbol of the Reed represents the potentials of firmness and flexibility.

Source: The origins of our teachings have been recorded and are passed down from generation to generation. We are grateful to our ancestors who have taught us, and more recently our teachers Maestro Akaxe Yotzin of Nahua Lessons and Maestro Arturo Meza.


Kalpulli Yaocenoxtli

Venue Information

Johnson Senior High School
349 Arcade Street
Saint Paul, MN
United States

Ticketing Information

Sergio Cenoch Quiroz
(612) 203-5690

Presenting Organization

Kalpulli Yaocenoxtli