FICMAYA (the Festival International de la Cultura Maya) celebrates the glories and achievements of the Mayan culture during a time of evolutionary transition from one epoch to another.  The Festival is intended to expand and enhance the study of the Mayan Culture and spread the lessons learned about the Maya’s knowledge using various displays promoting visual art, literature, music, and cuisine.

In December, 2012, with the beginning of the new Mayan era, the first edition of the International Festival of Mayan Culture (FICMaya) was held.  The Winter Solstice of 2012 was the date on which, according to prophesy, cataclysmic or otherwise transformative events would occur.  This date was regarded as the end-date of a 5,126-year-long cycle in the Mayan Mesoamerican Long Count calendar.  Festivities to commemorate the date were held throughout the countries that were home to the Mayan civilization (Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador), with major events held at Chichén Itzá in Mexico, and Tikal in Guatemala.

The dawning of this new “Mayan Era” inspired a wave of international and national tourism to the Yucatan at the end of 2012, with many visitors drawn to the epicenter of Mayan culture:  Chichén Itzá.  In light of the global interest, the Government of the State of Yucatan decided to permanently extend and enhance the celebration of the International Festival of Mayan Culture and established a committee whose sole purpose is focused on, and dedicated to, the planning, organization and evaluation of this International Festival.

Since the first Festival 2012, each year, through 2015, helped us learn about, and appreciate, the Mayan people, their vast intellectual accomplishments, their architecture, art, stone masonry, and the science, mathematics, calendar and astronomical systems developed by this masterful civilization.  Mayans were the only Pre-Colombian society in the Americas to develop a written language.

A new chapter of the Festival began in 2016, when the theme focused on language and imagination. We are certain this, and subsequent efforts, will promote a more global culture, world-wide friendship and enhance shared values.

Please consider joining us at Mayaland for the next chapter in this International Festival.  The sixth FICMAYA Festival, with the theme of Cosmogony and the Preservation of the Planet, runs from 19 October through 28 October, 2018.  Go to: for more information.  You will be richly rewarded for your investment in learning about the many and vast contributions of these “ancients”.