By Claudia Drdul
Toltecayotl, a student organization focused around community activism, held its 12th annual Mexika New Years Celebration on March 12 at City College’s Mission Campus, where members of various indigenous communities met to give thanks for this year and welcome the next.
Mexika New Year is celebrated by indigenous peoples across the Americas who have followed the complex Mexica calendar system including Mayans, Aztecs and Mexicans alike.
Organizer Xochitl Morales emphasized that this event was more than just a celebration of cultures, but a place to conduct a metamorphosis of transformational energy.
This collaborative space is home to several major components of traditional Aztec celebration: danza, live percussion, poetry open mic, and a community market filled with handmade jewelry.
The ceremonial portion of this event was held in front of Mission Campus’27 foot replica of the ancient calendar, where attendees participated in a day full of sage cleansing and self-reflection.