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Fiesta Maya to be Celebrated for 11th Year at FAU Jupiter

JUPITER, FL (January 25, 2012) – Students, faculty and staff from Florida Atlantic University’s John D. MacArthur Campus, and members of Jupiter’s Guatemalan community, will gather on Sunday, February 5, to celebrate the 11th annual Fiesta Maya at FAU Jupiter.

“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 the culture and highlight their connections between the university and surrounding community,” said Tim Steigenga, Ph.D., professor of political science in the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College.

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.  Fiesta Maya will begin at 9 a.m. with soccer on FAU Jupiter’s 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 12 noon and will be followed by music and dancing throughout the afternoon.  The event is free, and refreshments will be available for purchase.

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 is a wonderful celebration that connects our club to the Guatemalan community,” said Christina Turn, a junior in the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College and president of FAU’s Corn Maya Club.  “As students, we enjoy experiencing customs and traditions we may not see in our own homes.”

For more information on Fiesta Maya, call 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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