MAYA Festival

Many times I’ve thought about where I am living.  So close to the Caribbean traveled all over and the closest to Central American was Belize and Panama.  Today I was the tourist my town and it was delightful. DSCN0147 DSCN0120 DSCN0115 DSCN0113 DSCN0135 DSCN0134 Don’t  understand the language so could not surmise what was being presented over the speakers.  So I just enjoyed and watched as the dancers slowly hopped from one foot to the other around in a circle. The costumes are hand-woven fabric and if it is anything like in Scandinavia each represents a specific district.  At the end of the day one young woman will be named Queen.

the 2014 Maya Queen of Palm Beach

the 2014 Maya Queen of Palm Beach

DSCN0154 DSCN0151 DSCN0155   It appeared some of the dance may have been  a coming of age ritual.  Or favoritism is shown by how much the young women are favored, as money is given for the privilege of accompanying her on a round of dance. This is an annual event and took place in the Royal Poinciana neighborhood where many Guatemalans, Handuranian and Maya live.  DSCN0168 DSCN0164 DSCN0166 DSCN0157 DSCN0158 DSCN0169 DSCN0085The festival was accessible to them all as not many drive and so many children and families are lured out of their homes by the sound of marimba band and word of mouth.   A little known fact is that they do not have a written language, it is all tradition.DSCN0068DSCN0098

About Lake Worth Florida by the moment the source of inspiration

A former Unite Press International photographer. Spent 9 years with Cruise Ship Photos of London. Moved to Lake Worth from Coconut Grove, with artist husband Fred Hunt. Never leaves the house without a camera. Writes another blog "One Ear Society" dealing with the ins and outs of the art world. Closed her Art Gallery in Coconut Grove after 17 years to relocate in Lake Worth.
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One Response to MAYA Festival

  1. gozzie662013 says:

    I love this ceremony…the first one I ever attended was at The Gray Mockingbird garden, it was wonderful!

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