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Fiesta Maya to be Celebrated for the Eighth Year in Jupiter

            JUPITER, FL (January 14, 2009) – 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 1, 2009, to celebrate the 8 th annual Fiesta Maya in Abacoa Town Center.

            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.            

            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 campus recreation field and proceed to Abacoa Town Center for the remaining festivities.   A parade will begin 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 at 561-745-9199.


FAU’s MacArthur Campus in Jupiter offers a broad range of undergraduate and graduate degree programs.   The campus is home to the Wilkes Honors College, the Lifelong Learning Society and Scripps Florida research facilities.

Florida Atlantic University opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University serv es more than 26,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses strategically located along 150 miles of Florida's southeastern coastline. Building on its rich tradition as a teaching university, with a world-class faculty, FAU hosts nine colleges:  College of Architecture, Urban & Public Affairs, Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts & Letters, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Biomedical Science, the Barry Kaye College of Business, the College of  Education, the College of  Engineering & Computer Science, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science .  

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