Festival of Life and Death: A Mexico Tradition
Living in Mexico means celebrating traditional holidays a little differently, and that includes Halloween. While some local kids dress up in costumes to trick-or-treat in their neighborhood, a majority celebrate with their usual customs of Dia de Muertos.
Around these parts, the Festival of Life and Death is one that families prepare for and local cultural agencies acknowledge. Beginning midnight on October 31, families who have lost loved ones remember them by preparing their favorite foods or offering favorite toys to the graves.
Graves are also adorned with marigold flowers, candles, photos and anything else the family wishes their loved ones to have. The Day of the Dead is a very special two days in every part of Mexico.
In Playa del Carmen, visitors to the area can take in a few nights of this extradorinaiy tradition by heading to Xcaret. From October 30 until November 2, the park has prepared their famous Festival of Life and Death traditions.
It is a great place where everyone can go to experience the cultural richness and even share their own traditions. During the festival, the park will offer plays, dances, concerts, tours and a Catholic mass.
Watch an Xcaret Festival of Life and Death video:
With activities full of culture and ancient beliefs, experience a journey through traditions that honors life and pays homage to death. The entire park offers an amazing experience to celebrate life and death Mexico-style.
In honor of Xcaret’s 25th anniversary, the park is extending their Festival of Life and Death at a second venue at the City Theater of Playa del Carmen from November 3 to 6 where they will host the same cultural and artistc expressions as presented in the park.
Dates: October 30 to November 2, 2016
At the 11th edition of the Festival of Life and Death Traditions, Xcaret Park brings together the traditions of the Yucatan Peninsula in the state of Puebla to enrich the event with customs and culture of different regions of the country.
For more information including activities and ticket prices, visit: http://www.festivaldevidaymuerte.com/