Feria Tunich 2013, Dzityá
Once again the Feria Tunich, in Dzityá, full of tradition, culture and entertainment, opens its doors to bring all its visitors, both locals and tourists, a variety of artisan, gastronomic, and cultural riches from the municipality of Mérida.
You will be able to obtain a great variety of traditional objects, handmade by regional artisans, including unique textiles, attractive wood designs, beautiful stone objects, and fine jewelry.
And if you are looking for fun, Tunich offers cultural, children’s, and comedy events for the whole family, as well as the spectacular Ballet Folklórico de Mérida. And of course you will be able to enjoy delicious typical regional snacks to tempt your palate.
The XII edition of Feria Tunich has invited the state of Puebla as its special guest, with a display of its traditions, artisans, and culture.
Come join us from August 2-11, as every year in our tradional setting, the picturesque town of Dzityá, just 15 minutes from Mérida. It is the first exit north of the Periférico on the road to Progreso. We guarantee you will enjoy a unique experience at the Feria Tunich 2013.
Dzitya: the setting, its artisans, and techniques:
Dzityá, which is Maya for “zapote tree”, is a small village within the municipality of Mérida, just north of the city. Because of its numerous generations of artisan families who work with stone and wood, this town was chosen in 2001 as the official representative of Tunich, the most important municipal artisan fair of Mérida.
From the beginning of the last century, the people of this region already were working with stone and wood, and there is evidence of this as far back as 1860.
One of the most well-known and utilized woods used by the inhabitants of this community is Guayacán, a material which must be at least 100 years old before being turned or molded, in order to achieve maximum density.
Among the varieties of stone utilized are: the Macedonia or Crema Maya, the stone of Ticul, and the Conchuela. The Macedonia is considered the hardest, finest, and most similar to marble; the Ticul stone is red and comes from the southern part of the Yucatecan peninsula; and the Conchuela is made up of seashells and is sometimes found fossilized; it is extracted from the Yucatecan coast.
The Comisaría of Dzityá has hosted the Feria Tunich for 12 years, providing a touristic, cultural, and artisal space where the various expressions of our folk art converge. This year there will be more than 100 Yucatecan and Mexican artisans who will delight their visitors with beautiful pieces of stone, wood, fine jewelry, pottery, textiles, and more. Dzityá welcomes you with open arms.
Entry to the feria: free. There will also be free transportation and on-site parking.
Tel. 928-6977 ext. 81551