Dia internacional de los pueblos indigenas

Impact of the International Day of Indigenous Peoples

Imagine knowing millinery traditions, fascinating languages and unique customs that have survived the passage of time, this is something that only indigenous peoples have in common and that definitely has not been easy to achieve.

Therefore, on a day as important as today, when we celebrate the International Day of Indigenous Peoples, we want to take you on an exciting journey to appreciate the diversity that these wonderful communities offer us.

So, if you are ready to take the journey, let’s get started!

International Day of Indigenous Peoples

1. When is the International Day of Indigenous Peoples?

Every August 9th, the world comes together to commemorate the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. 

A date designated since 1994 by the General Assembly of the United Nations, in order to recognize and celebrate the historical and social cultural diversity of these communities around the world.

2. Why is the International Day of Indigenous People commemorated?

There are many reasons to commemorate this date, but one of the most important is related to the awareness of indigenous peoples, who have often faced discrimination, marginalization and violation of their human rights simply because they are a minority.

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Photographic portrait of indigenous woman

In this way, this day seeks to promote the understanding of and respect for these communities. It also recognizes their fundamental role in the preservation of the cultural heritage of each country.

3. A look at the history of indigenous peoples in Mexico

Mexico is a country that has had a strong presence of indigenous peoples throughout its history. Since ancient times, several civilizations flourished in this region, such as the Aztecs, Mayas, Zapotecs, Mixtecs, among others.

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Mayan shaman, practicing ancestral traditions

However, despite their important contribution to the history of the country, the legacy of these communities has faced several challenges, such as the expropriation of their lands and discrimination. Fortunately, they have managed to maintain their traditions, languages, and ancestral beliefs. 

And today, various organizations are working to protect their rights and recognize their autonomy. To learn more about the laws protecting indigenous peoples in Mexico, please consult the CNDH’s Normative Framework.

4. Discover the hidden traditions of the indigenous communities

Each indigenous community has a unique and fascinating history, so we believe it is worthwhile to learn about the most prevalent ones. For example, most of them have everything from ancestral rituals to traditional festivals.

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Corn Festival, a Mayan tradition in Cobá

In fact, in many places, tourists and visitors have the opportunity to immerse themselves in these traditions and in the daily life of the indigenous communities, as well as learn about their ways of life, and participate in their cultural activities.

In the case of Cobá, a Mayan city located in Quintana Roo, some of the customs you will find are Mayan blessings, traditional wedding ceremonies and the celebration of Hanal Pixan, just to mention a few.

5. Participate and connect with indigenous cultures

The International Day of the World’s Indigenous People is an excellent opportunity to connect with the culture of our ancestors, and you don’t have to do much to celebrate it. Just inform yourself about it, support or spread the word about the cause. 

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Appreciation of the cultures and traditions of indigenous communities

If you want to do it from the comfort of your home, one event you can join is the virtual commemoration to be held by the United Nations this August 9th 2023, at 9:00 a.m. EST. This year’s theme revolves around the participation of youth as agents of change.

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Living traditions in the archaeological site of Cobá

On the other hand, if you have the opportunity to visit indigenous communities, then try to experience the daily life of the people, participate in their customs and share your experience with other people, just make sure you do it respectfully.

If you still don’t know where to go, we suggest you visit Coba, a place where Mayan traditions are maintained and you can find unparalleled activities. For more details and to plan your itinerary, do not hesitate to contact Aldea Coba’s hotline 998 324 0198, or if you prefer, explore the website.


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