Jats'a Ja 2013

The 6th annual Jats'a Ja fiesta of 2013 is the celebration of Mahahual's rebirth from Hurricane Dean. In 2007, a category 5 hurricane hit the small town on Quintana Roo's southern shores and nearly destroyed the village. Jats'a Ja is a Mayan word that denotes the water that enters a house when it rains. Seems odd that such a word would stand for an arts festival, but if you have ever been in the tropics during a tropical storm and seen how water enters every crevice, you would appreciate what it means. Jats'a Ja is the 3rd weekend in August with opening ceremony on the night of August 16. The spectacular closing ceremony will be on the evening of the 18th. If you've never been to Mahahual, this is an opportunity to try it out for a weekend. The festivities include:

  • Blessing of the seas and nautical procession
  • Volley ball tournament
  • Recycled art contest
  • Digital photography contest
  • Obstacle course "ironman" contest
  • Gastronomia - opportunity to try food from the restaurants in Mahahual
  • Lionfish tournament and Lionfish gastronomia (opportunity to try lionfish prepared by the restaurants of Mahahual)
  • Sand Castle contest
  • Friday and Saturday discothèque and dancing
  • Live performers during the two days of the festival
  • Closing ceremony music and dancing
  • More to be announced as the event gets closer


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