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On August 21st of 2007, Hurricane Dean, the 3rd worst hurricane ever to hit land slammed into Mahahual. The small town was devastated. Not only was the town in shambles, the the main source of income, the cruise ship dock was damaged. A Year later, in 2008, the annual festival of Jats'a-Ja' was created to celebrate Mahahual's rebirth. Jats'a-ja' is now held every year on the third weekend in August. .

The Mayan Word Jats'a Ja' means the moisture that enters a house when it rains - there is no equivalent in English or Spanish and it has little to do with hurricanes, but it is a beautiful word for a lovely ceremony.

Mayan Altar
Mayan Priest preparing the altar for the offering to the gods and blessing of the boats and the sea to protect against the storms

dancing at Jatsa-a No Mexican festival is complete without very loud music, Beer and dancing!
Runners on the Malecon
Last leg of the Triathlon, running down the Mahahual Malecon.

Mahahual Jatsa ja closing ceremony
Closing Ceremony of Jatsa ja included dancers depicting Aztec and Mayan Ceremonys.

2012 Jats'a ja Schedule of events

Mahahual Jats'a ja' 2012

Photography contest - Jats'a Ja
Each year as part of Jats'a ja, a photography contest is held featuring photos of the area of the Gran Costa Maya - or the area streatching from south of Felipe Carrillo Puerto to the Belizean Border. Find out more on how to enter here. Concurso de fotographia

Photography Contest Jatsa Ja
Grand prize winner 2011 (by John Look)

Mayan tortillas
(above) Preparing hand made tortillas as offerings to the Mayan Gods

boat parade

Nautical procession- a lovely part of the ceremony where people were invited onto the boats to join in a parade at dusk. Following the parade, there is a Mayan blessing of the boats and of the seas.

Tasting Mahahual Restaurants
Tasting Table sponsored by the many restaurants in Mahahual and the Costa Maya.

Mahahual Beach Volleyball
Beach Volleyball Tournament


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