83 F
Mérida
Saturday, July 31, 2021
###

Get ready for the longest day of the year

Summer solstice has been observed since the time of the ancient Maya civilization.

Recent headlines

Will Yucatán’s love for cheese beat out its fear of COVID-19?

Event organizers have been quick to point out that they will be following all sanitary protocols, to protect vendors and patrons from COVID-19. 

Looking to buy ceramics? Look no further than Ticul

When entering the town on the road from the nearby town of Muna, you will notice a string of several shops ceiling ceramic crafts, plates, ornaments, and pots. 

Building in Mérida: Permits and contracts for the historic center

In Mérida, construction permits are different depending on the area in which you’re building. As the Centro Histórico is one of the most popular neighborhoods for newcomers, there are some technical — and legal considerations to keep in mind.
Yucatán Magazine
Sign up for the Yucatán Roundup, a free newsletter, which delivers the week's top headlines every Monday.
Sunset at the Mayan Observatory (El Caracol) in the ruins of Chichén Itzá, Yucatan, Mexico. Photo: Getty

Yucatán says goodbye spring and hello summer solstice, just as it has since antiquity.

The northern hemisphere’s solstice is Sunday, June 20, at 9:32 p.m., and it will be the longest day — and conversely the shortest night — of the year.

This is also when the earth’s tilt toward from the sun is at a maximum. So on Sunday, the sun appears at its highest elevation with a noontime position that changes very little for several days. The sun is directly over the Tropic of Cancer, at 23.5 degrees latitude north, and runs through Mexico, the Bahamas, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, India, and southern China. 

The astronomical observatory in Mayapán. Photo: Carlos Rosado van der Gracht

This astronomical phenomenon was observed by Maya, explained Daniel Flores Gutiérrez, a researcher at UNAM’s Institute of Astronomy.

“In Mesoamerican antiquity, there were different bodies of the celestial vault with which the inhabitants were guided: the moon, Venus and the sun, with the entirety of this day well identified.”

He indicated that the Castillo pyramid in Mayapán, a Mayan site in Yucatán, is oriented in such a way that the projection of its profile on one of its four stairs occurs during the solstice.

“The movement of the summer and winter solstices was followed because they were events that indicated to the sages that the counting of the calendar days was on the right track,” said Flores Gutiérrez.

More news

Goal: 1,000 toothbrushes, toothpaste for kids in 4 small villages

Pedro Tec and the Yucatán nonprofit foundation Los Mayas Eternos AC are working on a new oral health campaign for children from four small towns.

MACAY will close for good without funding, says leader

The MACAY, the only contemporary art museum on the Yucatán Peninsula, could close for good this week. Photo: File

Entertaining at home: Simple and festive Yucatán-inspired tablescapes

Here are some nearby shops to make your tabletop pop.

Spirit to offer Cancún – Atlantic City connection

Atlantic City. Photo: Wikimedia Commons The Yucatán Peninsula will have a new connection to the Mid-Atlantic in a...