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2020 marks the 500 year Anniversary of Yohualltepanahualiztli
(12 Oct-15 Nov worldwide) Toxcatl is a celebration at the heart of Mexicah culture that happens between the 5th and 25th of May. People celebrate the end of the dry season and beginning of the raining season. They offer dances and songs to remind us that without water there is no life. In 1520 Spaniards ambushed The Festival of Toxcatl at The Templo Mayor, Tenochtitlan (The City of Dreams) in present day Mexico City. Exits were blocked at The Gate of the Eagle, The Gate of the Canestalk and The Gate of the Snake of Mirrors. The ensuing massacre at The Patio of the Gods included Mexicah Warriors, Nobles, Leaders and Tlamacazui (priests). But the Mexicah people retaliated and victoriously expelled the invaders. The Toxcatl Massacre is remembered as La Noche Triste (Sad Night) for the Spanish Latinos. Mexicah people call it Yohualltepanahualiztli (the Victorious Night). Named after the fifth month, or veintena, of the Aztec ritual calendar xiuhpohualli, this festival was historically held annually in many Aztec cities, and is dedicated to warrior gods Tezcatlipoca and Huitzilopochtli.

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Reference Fray Bernardino de Sahagún, Florentine Codex, Book 12, Chapter 20 (Mexicah)

Credits

Directed by Joana Lirio

Production Company Native Spirit Foundation

Cast Eduardo S J
Adan Garcia
Jessica Si

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