Monday, October 29, 2012

U Janal Pixan and the Day of the Dead Celebrations in Mexico

Skull candies for Day of the Dead Festivities

U JANAL PIXAN is an intimate Maya family ceremony to remember their deceased and their ancestors, it is the Day of the Dead Celebration a very sacred and traditional celebration for all Maya and Mexican people. 

Day of the Dead is a very important ancient tradition. Maya villages prepare with tropical fruits and flowers and with up most care and reverence the “altar” in which the food and beverage for their dead loved ones is to be placed during the first three days of November each year.  In some villages nowadays, this ceremony is celebrated as a tradition that blends ancestral Maya practices with the Catholic belief system, imposed on the Maya during the Colonization of their land.  Nowadays, most Mayan families' religion is a fusion of Mayan spirituality with the Catholic dogma, such fusion has created the current practices and celebrations found in most mixed family backgrounds in Yucatan.  Today, you will find Catholic saint and virgin images placed on the altar as part of the offerings to the soul of those that have left the physical body.  The offerings are exotic flowers, personal things, copal and meals the person enjoy while alive: fruits,kakaw, tamales, along with photographs, cruces and other colorful artifacts are carefully placed among candle lights andexotic flowers.  Praying and fasting is traditional, as is to decorate with flowers and fruits the tomb site, also spend the night in the cemetery next to the tomb of those loved lighting candles, singing the songs they loved, and offering their favorite meals and memorabilia.  Muc bi’pollo, a grant tamale meal, is served traditionally during this days.

 This 2nd of November 2012 Hacienda Chichen and the Mayan J-Men celebrated their annual Day of the Dead before their Full Moon Maya Blessing, both Mayan Ceremonies in Chichen Itza, Yucatan, Mexico

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Chichen Itza's Best Organic Gourmet Eating found at Hacienda Chichen Resort

Chef Josue Cime picking up his organic grown produces at Hacienda Chichen Resort's own Organic Orchard

You know Chef Josue Cime is really committed to bring to your table the freshest organic fruits and vegetables when you see him picking delicious ripe produces at his own Organic Orchard Fields within the Hacienda Chichen Resort grounds.

No wonder we loved eating at this green boutique hotel's restaurant, located a few steps away from Chichen Itza hotel zone entrance, you can even see some of the Maya pyramids while you feast in many Maya culinary delights.  I met Chef Josue Cime in my first visit to Chichen Itza when we stayed two glorious days at the Hacienda Chichen; would had stayed longer if we had not planned our return trip next day.  So we have come each year to this fantastic sustainable hotel with our friends for a good four day relaxing vacation and enjoy each time more and more what we find in this amazingly green destination.

Yes, the Maya pyramids and archaeological sites are impressive, but more amazing is to know the Maya people that work at this hotel and the Maya healers or shamans that with such caring love take you into their holistic wellness center, Yaxkin Spa, and help you release stress and other toxic tensions from your mind, soul, and body.

Met Mr. Jim Conrad, the hotel's resident naturalist who knows just about everything you can ever wish about nature and wildlife, he offers free Nature Guided Tours each morning to guests of the hotel and this is an experience that will deeply connect you to Mother Nature and our planet. Then of course is Mrs. Beatriz Correa, the soul of this beautiful land and hotel, she will guide you and assist you in Maya medicine healing traditions as well as sacred Maya rituals that are celebrated by authentic Maya Priests in the premises.

Over all, the Hacienda Chichen, like Chef Josue Cime, are uniquely connected with their Maya cultural roots and traditions, speaking to your soul through their love for our planet and life itself.

Note by Jean Langs

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Traditional Maya Healing Arts: Zumpul-che Maya Purification Sweat-bath

Maya Zumpul-che Cave Purification Ritual

“As our bodies are mostly water, we are inexorably bound to the element and the molecular changes that occur in it as a response to words, prayer, pollution, deeds, gratitude, and love."
                                                                                                                        - Dr. Masaru Emoto.

At Yaxkin Spa, within Hacienda Chichen Resort's Mayan Sacred Ceremonial Center, guests can experience an ancient Mayan Holistic Purification Cave Ceremony and Healing Sweat-bath tradition: The Maya Zumpul-che.  This mystical and therapeutic sacred ritual truly connects you with your "true self" and Mother Nature.

Private parties of 6 or groups from 8 to 13 guests can enjoy this therapeutic mystical experience. Our Sacred Mayan Natural Cave and sweat-bath offers an ancient Mayan holistic purification  therapy with a mystical ceremony celebrated by our Mayan healers. This Maya sweat-bath  rituals help de-toxic the body, mind, and emotions; purifying one's ch’ulel or chiwith similar therapeutic effects as the AztecTemazcal sweat-bath, offered in the Maya Riviera and Mexico, but with far more profound mystical roots and unique Mayan healing therapeutic elements. This is a great Maya Wellness Spa Center that offers traditional Mayan Healing, Holistic therapies and sacred Maya Purification Ceremonies a mist the original Mayan Temples of Chichen Itza, Yucatan, Mexico.

WE RECOMMEND YOU TO VIEW the YouTube Video: Ancient Maya Ceremony in Chichen Itza explaining more about this unique holistic ceremony and the Maya Healing traditions. 

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