Day of the Dead at Xcaret 2016

Every year on October 30th, 31st and November 1st and 2nd Xcaret Park honors the Mexican tradition of the Day of the Dead by celebrating the Festival of Life and Death Traditions.   Xcaret was declared a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO and should definitely by on your list of things to do during your Cancun vacation.

During this festivity you will be able to experience the Hanal Pixan ritual (food for the souls), sample the delicious cuisine of the region, attend workshops, watch how they make the handrafts and visit the cemetery and altars with their gifts for their loved ones.  There are also visual arts exhibitions, theater, dance and gala concerts.

Visit Xcaret Park during your Cancun vacation and experience thisand enjoy this celebration of the Mayan World.  Visit http://www.cancun.travel for more information.

A unique experience in Cancun awaits you on the Day of the Dead!

 

Hanal Pixan – Day of of the Dead

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Day of the Dead – Xcaret

Day of the Dead – Xcaret

Hanal Pixan, an ancient Mayan tradition, otherwise known as ‘supper of the souls’ has been celebrated in Mexico since Prehispanic times.  Mexicans remember those who have passed away and believe they come back to be with their loved ones on these days.  Each region has a different way of praising their ancestors through rituals and ceremonies.  The ceremonies combine Mayan and Christian elements, offering food and beverage to their loved ones to remember them and make them feel alive once again. Continue reading

Christmas in Cancun

cancunchristmasWhat better way to spend the holiday season than spending your Christmas in Cancun!  The magic of Christmas is everywhere with thousands of colorful lights illuminating the whole city.  To get into the Christmas spirit take a bus or taxi to Downtown Cancun and start at City Hall, then  work your way up towards the Hotel Zone and delight in the spectacle of the beautiful Christmas illuminations. Continue reading

Mexican Independence Day in Cancun


VIVA LA INDEPENDENCIA!!
Mexican Independence Day celebrations begin on the 15th September and it is the most important national holiday observed in Mexico.  On the night of the 15th September the President of Mexico rings the bell of the Palacio Nacional in Mexico City and cries the ‘Grito de Dolores’ and the names of the heroes of the Mexican War of Independence.  He then shouts ‘Viva Mexico!’ joined by the people in the Zocalo waving the Mexican flag and then singing the Mexican National Anthem.  This patriotic event draws up to half a million spectators from all over Mexico and tourists worldwide. Continue reading

The Mayan Legend of the Alux

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Alux is the Mayan word given to mythological Mayan spirits found in the Yucatan Peninsula.  Aluxes or Aluxob are believed to be small dwarf-like creatures, no higher than your knee, dressed in traditional Mayan clothes. They live in the Mayan jungles and forest and near milpas where Mayan farmers grow their crops The description of these little creatures and the types of tricks they play is very similar to the Irish leprechaun, and similarly to them they are playful and mischievous and love to play practical jokes.  Continue reading