When the staff of Villa del Palmar Cancun began planning out the activities for the month of October, they knew they had to combine the traditions of the United States, Canada and Mexico in one grand celebration that would honor the deceased as each of the countries do on Halloween and the Day of the Dead. Guests and Club Caribe members of all ages will be able to enjoy a day filled with food, fun and traditions from the beautiful Canadian, American and Mexican cultures.
Halloween and the Day of the Dead
These two holidays, as celebrated in their respective countries, are similar, yet unique in so many ways. El Día de Muertos, the Day of the Dead, is a holiday celebrated throughout Mexico on November 2nd, in which friends and family gather to pray and honor those that have passed away. It is believed that through altars and offerings, the additional support will help the deceased on their spiritual journey in the afterlife.
The day is marked by building altars and honoring the deceased with a mixture of their favorite personal items. In honor of tradition, families also leave marigolds, sugar skulls, and the deceased’s once favorite foods and beverages upon the graves of their loved ones throughout the day.
On the other hand, in the United States and Canada, Halloween is celebrated on October 31st and honors the departed through the use of humor, games and trick-or-treating in order to confront the difficult theme of death. Nevertheless, despite the fun, many individuals also honor loved ones who have passed by attending church ceremonies and visiting grave sites during this time. While traditions vary, it is clear to see a common thread between the two cultural traditions.
At Villa del Palmar Cancun, Club Caribe members can expect a grand celebration with various elements from each of the three North American countries on November 2nd. The Very Important Kid’s Club (VIK Club) will be ringing in the festivities by setting up an altar in the morning and face painting in the afternoon. The Activities Team will also be telling stories and urban legends throughout the day to get everyone in the spirit for the spooky holiday.
Throughout the resort, guests will also be able to enjoy a memorable meal at each of the restaurants on site. Zama, Villa del Palmar Cancun’s Mexican restaurant, will have a traditional altar set up with all the typical elements, including decorative candles, incense, pan de muerto (a special sweet bread for the deceased), bottles of tequila and various dishes. The restaurant will also be offering a special menu so guests can enjoy the traditions of Mexico through delicious food and spirited beverages.
In the morning, Caprichos will be hosting a breakfast buffet that will feature hot chocolate and different flavors of pan de muerto, two traditional elements of Mexico’s Day of the Dead. In the evening, the Mexican buffet will feature traditional and regional touches typical of the day’s festivities. Guests can enjoy a range of delicious menu options, including delectable desserts.
With so much going on, you won’t be disappointed when spending your Halloween holiday at Villa del Palmar Cancun.