Sinaloa: Thousands celebrate the arrival of the spring equinox in Las Labradas

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Purification rituals, ancestral ceremonial dances by dancers of the May-Yoreme ethnic groups, photographic exhibition of petro-engravings, project information projection of the Archaeological Zone, the gastronomic corridor in “La Chicayota”, and the customary exhibition of a game of Ulama were central part this year of the welcome of the equinox.

Mazatlan, Sinaloa.- The afternoon of Wednesday, March 20, officially began the spring and morning of this Thursday, March 21, the visit to Las Labradas , an enigmatic archaeological site in which thousands of people traditionally come together to participate in the various rituals and activities in order to recharge and receive the arrival of the spring equinox.

Purification rituals, ancestral ceremonial dances by dancers of the May-Yoreme ethnic groups, photographic exhibition of petro-engravings, project information projection of the Archaeological Zone, the gastronomic corridor in “La Chicayota”, and the customary exhibition of a game of Ulama were central part this year of the welcome of the equinox. 

Thousands of people dressed in light garments, in white tones, hats and sunglasses were lined up along the beach, and at the sound of the popping of the crystalline waves and around the nearly 700 pre-Hispanic vestiges of carved rocks or Petroglyphs were prepared to load of the first rays of sun of the spring.

Located in the municipality of San Ignacio, this archaeological cultural heritage center of the region, and considered one of the most important places of rock art in the Americas, offered access to the public. The program also included presentations of the books, an exhibition of 40 photographs of the petroglyphs that exist in the area, as well as round tables.

Purification rituals performed by those present during their visit to Las Labradas. Photo: Dania Loaeza

The municipal president of San Ignacio, Iván Báez Martínez and the secretary of Tourism, Óscar Pérez Barros, as well as the undersecretary of Tourism Development, Mónica Coppel, participated in the various activities, however when they wanted to pass them to the beginning of the row of clean people did not allow them to go ahead and shouted at them to line up, to which the secretary of tourism stressed that they were correct and that it was good that they did not keep silent.

The delegate of INAH, Arq., Francisco Ríos Avendaño together with the authorities inaugurated the activities to develop, minutes after 09:00 hours. Later the presentation of the Dance of the Deer, and other pre-Hispanic ceremonial dances followed.

Photo: Dania Loaeza

There were those who preferred not to see the dances to go directly to the beach and stand in line waiting for their respective clean.

About an equinox

The equinox occurs when the sun is the height of the equator and it is possible to enjoy the same amount of light as darkness. Although this phenomenon also occurs in autumn, the spring has greater symbolism, for the Mayans this event was of great significance because it was the beginning of the plantings and is related to the Renaissance, marking the beginning of the growing season and greening of the nature.  

Source: El Debate

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