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Royal Resorts joins Ciudad de la Alegria Kings Day children’s toy convoy


 

Royal Resorts volunteers joined the Ciudad de la Alegria Dia de Reyes convoy on January 6 to give a Kings Day surprise of toys, sandals and candy to hundreds of children in Mayan villages in Quintana Roo and Yucatan.

In Mexico, children traditionally receive toys from the Tres Reyes Magos, the Three Kings, on January 6, many writing letters saying that they have been good all year and asking for a favorite toy. The convoy was planned to reach children in remote rural communities that might miss out on Kings Day events often organized in larger villages.

The meeting point for convoy volunteers was the Ciudad de la Alegria community center on the outskirts of Cancun at 6 a.m. to load trucks with huge bags of toys, soft toys for tots, footballs, bikes, sandals, boxes of food, clothing, candy and even piñatas. Then it was time to hit the road.

There were two routes and two convoys, one to communities in the Tulum-Coba area and the other following a route through northern Quintana Roo and Yucatan, which called at tiny hamlets and villages in the Xcan-Tizimin area, accessible by single lane roads. These are communities deep in the forest that are really off the beaten track; a few homes clustered around a church, a rural school and a small grassy park or square.

The sight of the convoy drawing up caught the attention of the villagers, the word spread and there was soon quite a crowd. The children met the Three Kings and had fun with volunteers who lined them up to receive toys, sandals and candies. There were piñatas to be broken, more candies to collect and some lucky children even took home bikes they won in a raffle.

Other volunteers distributed clothes and food and there were grocery boxes for elderly residents, some of who remembered the Ciudad de la Alegria staff from previous visits. One couple of helpers had even brought biscuits for the village dogs.

In total more than 2,900 toys and pairs of sandals were distributed. Many of the toys were donated by Royal Resorts members, guests and employees and a big thank you goes out to all those who gave generously and helped in spreading happiness to so many children.

Gracias!

Help the Royal Resorts Foundation

If you missed the Royal Resorts Christmas Toy Drive and would like to give to children in need, why not donate to the Royal Resorts Foundation or bring gifts of new toys, children’s clothing and school materials all year round? Learn more about the Royal Resorts Foundation and its causes: study scholarships for children, the fight against cancer, physiotherapy for children, employee emergency relief in times of serious illness, support for community programs and conservation.

 

 

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Royal Resorts joins Ciudad de la Alegria Kings Day children’s toy convoy


 

Royal Resorts volunteers joined the Ciudad de la Alegria Dia de Reyes convoy on January 6 to give a Kings Day surprise of toys, sandals and candy to hundreds of children in Mayan villages in Quintana Roo and Yucatan.

In Mexico, children traditionally receive toys from the Tres Reyes Magos, the Three Kings, on January 6, many writing letters saying that they have been good all year and asking for a favorite toy. The convoy was planned to reach children in remote rural communities that might miss out on Kings Day events often organized in larger villages.

The meeting point for convoy volunteers was the Ciudad de la Alegria community center on the outskirts of Cancun at 6 a.m. to load trucks with huge bags of toys, soft toys for tots, footballs, bikes, sandals, boxes of food, clothing, candy and even piñatas. Then it was time to hit the road.

There were two routes and two convoys, one to communities in the Tulum-Coba area and the other following a route through northern Quintana Roo and Yucatan, which called at tiny hamlets and villages in the Xcan-Tizimin area, accessible by single lane roads. These are communities deep in the forest that are really off the beaten track; a few homes clustered around a church, a rural school and a small grassy park or square.

The sight of the convoy drawing up caught the attention of the villagers, the word spread and there was soon quite a crowd. The children met the Three Kings and had fun with volunteers who lined them up to receive toys, sandals and candies. There were piñatas to be broken, more candies to collect and some lucky children even took home bikes they won in a raffle.

Other volunteers distributed clothes and food and there were grocery boxes for elderly residents, some of who remembered the Ciudad de la Alegria staff from previous visits. One couple of helpers had even brought biscuits for the village dogs.

In total more than 2,900 toys and pairs of sandals were distributed. Many of the toys were donated by Royal Resorts members, guests and employees and a big thank you goes out to all those who gave generously and helped in spreading happiness to so many children.

Gracias!

Help the Royal Resorts Foundation

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Sacred Mayan Journey 2013

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xcaret-canoero-travesiaMay visitors to the Mexican Caribbean have the opportunity to be part of an ancient tradition as they bid farewell to hundreds of oarsmen who will board fragile wooden canoes and begin a journey of faith that will take them across the sea to the sacred island of Cozumel. The seventh Sacred Mayan Journey will take place from May 23 to 25 and follows an ancient sea route from the Mayan port of Xel-Há to Cozumel, once site of a shrine to Ixchel, the moon goddess, patroness of fertility, childbirth and weaving.
On the evening of May 23, the ancient temples in Xcaret (known as Pole in the days of the ancient Maya) will spring to life with all the color and bustle of the Ki-Huic or market, paying tribute to the importance of the Mexican Caribbean coast and Cozumel in the Mayan trade empire. There will be music, dance, food, offerings and displays of the most important goods that merchants eagerly bartered for with cacao beans in a trade empire that extended throughout southeast Mexico and had links with cultures in the Mexico highlands, Central America and the islands of the Caribbean. The market sets the scene for rituals performed by Mayan priests and featuring the apparition of the Maize God Hun Nal Ye.
At dawn on May 24, awaking to the sounds of chanting, drums and the heady smell of copal incense, the oarsmen will set sail for Cozumel. They have the blessing of Mayan priests who have made offerings to the gods to ask for calm seas and a safe passage for the pilgrims.
Hailing from Mayan communities in Quintana Roo and Yucatán, Cancún, Playa del Carmen, Cozumel and other parts of Mexico, the seafarers have been training hard for six months. They are dressed in ancient garments and their canoes are hollowed out tree trunks, made using time-honored techniques. They will be following a sea route taken by pilgrims thousands of years ago as they made the perilous voyage from Xel-Há to the holy island to worship and offer their prayers to Ixchel.
canoerosThe fleet of canoes is expected to arrive in Cozumel at around 1 p.m. the same day, making landfall in Chankanaab Park where the Halach Uinik, the island ruler in ancient times, will welcome them. The pilgrims make their way to the shrine of Ixchel to pray and make their offerings.
On the morning of May 25, the pilgrims leave Cozumel and turn their canoes towards Xcaret where they will be greeted by Mayan priests and jubilant members of the community who give thanks for their safe return and take consolation from the message of hope that they bring.
This year’s Travesia Sagrada Maya is the first of a new era marking a new b’aktun or cycle in the ancient Mayan calendar.
Every aspect of the Sacred Mayan Crossing is authentic, based on the research of archaeologists and anthropologists working with Xcaret. To witness it is an incredible experience. Ask at the tour desk in your resort for more information on how to take part.

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