Day Zero Festival, Mexico

418086_707557117823_1498803792_nAccording to ancient Mayan culture, December 21, 2012 is noted as a predetermined date that marks a significant transition for all humanity. Many people misinterpreted the focus of this prophecy, choosing to either stock up on water and canned goods in apocalyptic preparation, or rather to completely dismiss the event as meaningless or insignificant.

The Maya did not predict that our planet would spontaneously combust, but rather that mankind would experience an internal change in a positive direction. It takes 25,630 years for us to get from one side of the Milky Way to the other; December 21st– “Creation Day”– celebrates this event and signifies the rebirth of the world to a higher level of consciousness. The whole point is to reflect, both individually and collectively, on who we are and who we want to be. The ultimate significance is that as we awaken to our personal contribution in this planetary alignment, great possibilities will emerge for positive change.


imagegWe chose to celebrate this momentous occasion at the Day Zero Festival here in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. The event was held at a Mayan cultural scene (not an authentic ruin, but designed as a replica) which was all lit up when we arrived around 9PM. The venue had a traditional feel but was clean and modern at the same time. Partygoers put a lot of effort into their outfits, in typical festival spirit. Everyone looked great and was ready to have a good time! We met a lot of awesome people, most of whom were also on their own world travel expeditions.

428785_707556039983_524756402_nWalking the grounds, we came upon many interesting and interactive features. A wishing well where you could leave your innermost desires; a doorway which you could walk through and cleanse yourself of secrets; shamanic yoga sessions, etc. It was all quite visually stimulating, but best of all was the music/entertainment. The DJs were on point, and there were several fire dancing performances, to boot. We stayed until almost 4AM (late for us ol’ folks) and decided to go back to the hotel for a much needed nap and shower before heading back the next afternoon.

Day 2 was a different experience. In the light of day there was much more to be seen (although it was, as a result, a bit less enchanting.) It was clear that a lot of people were still wide awake and dancing from the night before– we tipped our caps to their valiant efforts, but I have to admit, I was not in any way envious. The event was relatively small, maybe 2,000 people total, but it seemed to us that many did not return the second day (though we spotted several recurring characters for the night before that honestly could have been in a cartoon.)We did less exploring and pretty much stuck to one “safe zone” with friends we made waiting for the shuttle (which never came.) It was overcast for most of the day and we even had a few bouts of icy sprinkles, but at around 3PM the skies opened up and the sun peeked through, giving

68901_707557182693_1372946229_nWe did less exploring and pretty much stuck to one “safe zone” with friends we made waiting for the shuttle (which never came.) It was pretty overcast all day and we had a few bouts of icy sprinkles, but at about 4PM the skies opened up and the sun peeked through and everyone went crazy.

I don’t know if the music was actually better or if I was just able to pay closer attention, but it sounded amazing! My favorite set was probably Art Department. You could tell one of them was having a fantastic time, watching his hands and hysterically laughing, running up the stairs of the pyramid and dancing at the top with some guys dressed as gold unicorns. It was awesome!


The Mayans predicted the cosmic shift to take place at exactly 6:11PM, so after Damian Lazarus’s closing set, they had a traditional Mayan ceremony with dancers and spiritual chants. We were all expecting fireworks or something massive to close out the festival, but at about 6:15 we realized the main lights were turned off and everyone was silently heading toward the exit. Surprisingly anticlimactic but, overall, a great event!

Regardless of what you believe, it’s always a good idea to take time and think about your personal effect on your peers and environment (especially now, with New Years right around the corner!) I hope that as we each move forward on our own personal adventures, we keep in mind the mark we wish to leave on the world. Consider the positive future you can create, without losing sight of the past. I, for one, am anticipating a remarkable 2013. Cheers to another year of love, laughter, health and happiness!.

Posted on by Erica Duncan in Mexico

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