Every year in Mexico, we celebrate the Mexican holiday Día de los Muertos or the Day of the Dead. This is a multi-day holiday that takes place from October 31st to November 2nd and while the theme revolves around death, it is a happy occasion because it is a time to remember loved ones who have died and the idea is that only during this holiday the souls of the dead can re-awaken and crossover from the land of the dead to the land of the living to visit their loved ones.
The origins of this celebration date back hundreds of years and the traditions include building altars called ofrendas and honoring the deceased by bringing items such as candles, incense, confetti, photographs and flowers to their graves. They also place offerings on the altars which are things that their loved ones enjoyed in life such as their favorite foods, perhaps some liquor or cigars. For the Mexican culture, death is a natural part of the life cycle and this is not a time of sadness but a time for families to come together and share stories of their departed friends and family and to keep their memories alive.
Xcaret is a theme park in Playa Del Carmen with many cultural attractions. This year come to keep the tradition alive at the 14th annual Life and Death Traditions Festival happening at Xcaret from October 30 to November 2. This festival aims to preserve the diverse ancestral traditions of the Day of the Dead of Mexico and combine them with contemporary artistic expressions. They have an extensive program of activities planned to include pre-Hispanic and contemporary dance, music, theatrical performances, exhibitions, and workshops. Gastronomy will also feature and you will have the opportunity to enjoy traditional Mexican cuisine. There will be a special emphasis on the culture and customs of the state of San Luis Potosí and numerous artisans, artists and chefs from this region will come to demonstrate their traditions. There will also be two gala concerts on November 1st and 2nd at the Gran Tlachco Theater.
Visitors from all over the world are invited to be a part of this colorful festival full of entertainment and fun activities for all ages. This is a special celebration of life that connects us with those whom we will never forget.