Aztec New Year

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The Aztec New Year (Spanish: Año Nuevo Mexicano or Año Nuevo Azteca; Nahuatl: Yancuic Xīhuitl, pronounced /ˈjaŋkʷik ˈʃiːwit͡ɬ/) is the celebration of the new year according to the Aztec calendar. The date on which the holiday falls in the Gregorian calendar depends on the version of the calendar used,[citation needed] but it is generally considered to occur at sunrise on March 12.[1] The holiday is observed in some Nahua communities in Mexico. To celebrate, ocote (pitch-pine) candles are lit on the eve of the new year, along with fireworks, drumming, and singing. Some of the most important events occur in Huauchinango,[2] Naupan, Mexico City, Zongolica, and Xicotepec.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "El Observador #1 Bilingual Newspaper". El Observador. Retrieved 2012-12-07. 
  2. ^ "Inicia año nuevo Azteca". Retrieved 2012-12-07.