In 2014, National Mayan Culture Day was officially approved on December 21st. As one of the civilizations that achieved great advances in artistic, cultural, and scientific aspects, National Mayan Culture Day promotes tourism in states such as Campeche, Yucatán, Chiapas, and Quintana Roo, where there remain approximately 15 thousand architectural structures protected by the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) and that have helped the culture to resurface from their communities.
A Community Rich in Culture
The Mayan language is the most spoken language in Mexico after Nahuatl. It is
estimated that there are 800,291 Mayan speakers, a considerable increase thanks to the schools responsible for spreading the language and to the native people who seek to preserve it.
Although much is said about their physical and astrological knowledge and their
architecture, the Maya people are also pioneers in Mexican cuisine. Known as "The Lords of Corn", they were an agricultural society that fed mostly corn, beans, squash, chili peppers, and everything that the land provided them. One of their main priorities is the protection of ancient customs, traditional costumes, rituals, and ceremonies offered by their very own Shamans.
Although for many years the Mayan communities were living off of production for self-consumption, they are currently supported by national companies such as Alltournative, who for 20 years have been dedicated to supporting the Mayan culture through work, knowledge, and the preservation of its gastronomy and traditions. In addition, efforts have been made to conserve their forest through sustainable tourism.
Among guides, chefs, photographers, and operators at least 400 jobs have been generated, allowing the Maya to increase their quality of life and continue to preserve their culture.
Thanks to the constant work of tours and expeditions to the area and allowing visitors the opportunity to get to know the beautiful vestiges, the number of tourists has increased significantly to the area. More and more people are interested in the project and in changing their definition of tourism, allowing for more Mayan communities to be integrated.
Strict care in the area is important for the community. After all, with 10 cenotes and
7,631 protected natural hectares that prohibit hunting and logging and treat the waters through bio-digesters and protect the land via waste treatment, recycling, and the creation of organic gardens, the Mayan culture continues to grow at an economic and social level.
It is time to think about the culture’s contributions and begin to celebrate a population that has allowed us to enjoy its nature, customs, gastronomy, and that has given us its knowledge over the years. Let's celebrate the Mayan Culture today!