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Fiesta Maya to be Celebrated for Ninth Year in Jupiter

            JUPITER, FL (January 21, 2010) – Members of Jupiter’s Guatemalan community, along with students, faculty and staff from Florida Atlantic University’s John D. MacArthur Campus, will gather on Sunday, February 7, 2010, to celebrate the 9 th annual Fiesta Maya at FAU Jupiter.

            The public is invited to enjoy a day of cultural exchange and celebration. Sponsored by Corn-Maya, Inc. and FAU’s Corn Maya Club, the fiesta will include a soccer match, traditional procession and ceremony, dance theatre, live performances by marimba groups, food and fun. 

            “The fiesta is one of the longest running traditions here on the Jupiter campus.  It is a great opportunity for the primarily Mayan community from Guatemala and southern Mexico to share their culture and highlight their connections between the university and surrounding community,” said Dr. Tim Steigenga, professor of political science in the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College.

            Initiated in 2002 as part of a cultural exchange between FAU, the Abacoa community and Jupiter’s growing Guatemalan community, the festival has grown in both size and significance. The original fiesta was based on the most important religious and cultural festival in Jacaltenango, Guatemala, the fiesta in honor of the Virgin of Candelaria.  The fiesta of Candelaria is also celebrated in many other countries throughout Latin America, including Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Venezuela and Uruguay.

            Fiesta Maya will begin at 9:30 a.m. with soccer on FAU’s Jupiter main  recreation field and proceed to the eastern recreation field behind the Education Classroom (EC) building for the remaining festivities.  The parade will start at 11 a.m. and will be followed by music and dancing at 11:30 a.m.  The event is free, and refreshments will be available for purchase.

            For more information on Fiesta Maya, contact Patricio Silvestre of Corn-Maya, Inc. at 561-307-3541.


The Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, located on FAU’s John D. MacArthur Campus, is a four-year residential liberal arts & science college for high achieving undergraduates.

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