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

6th Festival of Life and Death Traditions in Xcaret

During the 6th Festival of Life and Death Traditions, there will be a beautiful collage of rituals, offerings, games, theater productions, dance, music, visual arts, and much more, so we can come to understand the “Child Death ritual” of Hanal Pixan, in an exciting journey through the history and traditions of the Mexican Day of the Dead.

The State of Tabasco  will be our special this year and will be bringing over 100 participants to share their offerings, dances, music, folklore, theater, stories and delicious food in honor of the dearly departed. Continue reading

Hanal Pixan – a Mayan celebration for the Day of the Dead

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.

November 1st is dedicated to the children’s souls and the altars are filled with toys, sweets, chocolates, honey, fruits and vegetables topped with salt, lemon and chilli for the deceased children.  November 2nd is devoted to the souls of adults, and the departed’s favorite things are put on the altar, such as stews and drinks as well as cigarettes and cigars.  The traditional food and drink for the Day of the Dead celebrations is Mucbilpollo, meaning food is that is baked in the ground in Maya, and Balché, which is a spiritual beverage made of Mayan tree bark.

A week later, Mexicans celebrate the day when the visiting souls say goodbye to their relatives and leave this world. For that reason, people place candles in their homes for souls to be able to find their way back. This custom is locally known as the Bix.

This is a beautiful celebration of the lives of your loved ones which we would recommend you experience at least once in your lifetime – especially if you are on vacation in Cancun.

Day of the Dead in Xcaret

  

Xcaret is to celebrate their fifth Life and Death Mexican Traditions Festiva celebrating the 200th anniversary.  Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead is a holiday celebrated in Mexico to remember relatives and friends who have died.  The purpose of the Life and Death Traditions Festival is demonstrate the cultural ties reborn through active participation of the region’s communities, each with their respective Day of the Dead traditions.  Continue reading

Xcaret, Cancun – Upcoming Events

Xcaret,  Cancun is an ecological theme park and an absolute must during your vacation in Cancun.  Here you will find fantastic snorkelling facilities, underground rivers you can swim in, Mayan ruins and many rare species of flora and fauna.  All rounded off in the evening by a spectacular show. A really fun day out for all ages.

Here we have a list of some of the upcoming events in Xcaret, Cancun for the remainder of this year. Continue reading