Calpulli Tonalehqueh hosts the largest Azteca Mexica New Year Ceremony & Celebration in the nation.

Everyone is invited to attend on the weekend of March 14 - 15, 2020 at Emma Prusch Park in the City of San Jose. Our goal is to make it educational, sustainable and environmentally friendly. 

The ceremony is an all-volunteer, not-for-profit event, that is free and open to the public. Drugs and alcohol are strictly prohibited to maintain a safe and welcoming environment to families in attendance.

Sunrise Ceremony

Danza Azteca

Native Dancers


Kids Activities

Live Music

Arts & Crafts

Vendor Application

Interested in becoming a Vendor?

Please read through the application, terms & conditions thoroughly. We highly recommend reviewing our website to get a sense of two day event. Your application will be reviewed  and a representive will follow-up.


Your tax-deductible donation to Calpulli Tonalehqueh makes it possible to continue our quality of programming and classes as well as making improvements to our services. 


We greatly appreciate your support!

Tlazo Camati (Thank you)

Volunteer NOW

Volunteers needed for the following dates. March 12 - 15, 2020

Imagine helping behind the scenes to celebrate the beautiful indigenous diversity in our community. Sign up today!​

Meet The Maestros at Mexica New Year

Each year we have a series of Maestros visits from Mexico and Latino America sharing their knowledge and wisdom through lectures and workshops.

El Temachtiani Ocelocoatl Ramirez
Araceli Granados Texcalxaya
Sr. Cobb
Xavier Quijas Yxayotl

Dancers | Danzantes

Represents the planets orbiting the Sun

The Door | La Puerta

Represents the Entry Point to the Ceremonial Cypher

Danza Azteca

Aztec Dance represents man's eternal search for cosmic harmony and integration of body and spirit. A form of prayer, but also a complete way of life and connection with what is most important to the people.

Drums | Huehuétl and Teponaztle

Represent the heartbeat of our Ancestors

and the Sun.

Altar | Momoztli

Represents the Belly Botton of Mother Earth

The meaning behind The New Year

Acatl is Reed in English. It symbolizes heat and energy, encounters and firmness. Its glyph is presented in various forms in diverse codices (Ancient Aztec books). In some cases, its presented as a reed plant sprouting from an irrigation ditch, while in others a tie of reeds, as others as arrows tied together. In all cases, its related to heat and the celestial energy that comes to us like darts and which also reflects back from the earth to the cosmos.


This year symbol is also a day symbol and is tightly linked to Quetzalcoatl and Tezcatlipoca, the intelligence and memory, of analysis and observation, of the encounter and firmness of constructive links. This is also a good year for crucial decisions, the direction in life, heat, and energy combined with justice. Chicome, the number seven represents restlessness and transformation. It is related to our mental activity with the influences of the phases of the moon. The number seven is ¼ of a moon cycle of 28 days.

Meet the artist behind the glyph design 7 Reed

Jesse Hernandez (@UrbanAztec) is a visual artist born and raised in the San Francisco Bay area, most widely recognized for his street art murals, vinyl toys, and diverse Illustration work. His style is known as Urban Aztec, a combination of graffiti and ancient indigenous culture.


Hernandez’s artwork has been featured by Warner Bros., the San Jose Sharks, the Oakland Museum, DC Comics, Rockstar energy drink, Rolling Stone magazine, Juxtapoz, Gears of War 4, X-Box, Playstation, Oakland Athletics, and the Cosmopolitan Las Vegas. To learn more about the many talents of UrbanAztec, visit his website.


Instagram: @Urbanaztec
Twitter: @Urbanaztec

Together We Create will be hosting a large group of artists at Mexica New Year varying in age and experience. Starting with the newcomers to well- established graffiti artist, TWC will be facilitating an educational experience through hands-on practice with the students from local High Schools. TWC takes pride in exposing the youth to real-life problem-solving skills through the arts. Together We Create are educators; artists, and recognize the need for quality art.


Join us as TWC produces 16+ finished 8'x8' murals in the span of two days. Spectators can't help but be captivated by watching the process of having an empty wall transform into a stunning and colorful masterpiece in just hours. As the artists collectively complete these pieces, everyone is welcomed to watch, learn, and even take pictures as these soon become backdrops for some unique photo opportunities.


To learn more about Together We Create, visit:

San Jose Community Artists Empowering Youth


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