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!

 

New show in Xcaret for 2014

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Over the last decade more than 11 million spectators have enjoyed the Xcaret Mexico Espectacular at the Gran Tlachco Theater which was specially designed for this performance.  Now Xcaret is going to launch a  totally new show will take its place, announced Carlos Constandse, Vice-president of Experiencias Xcaret. Continue reading

5th Sacred Mayan Crossing at Xcaret

nota_remerosThis will be truly amazing to see if you are visiting Cancun during the end of May!  Experience an ancient ritual from the fascinating Mayan culture.   The Sacred Mayan Crossing will take place In Xcaret from 20th-22nd May 2009.   It is a recreation of the ancient Mayan ritual pilgrimage undertaken by the original inhabitants of Yucatán.

Thirty canoes take part measuring 26-feet are hand made using an ancient Mayan model.   Each canoe has a crew of four to six and are picked from 300 oarsmen from the communities of Xcaret, Cozumel and Playa del Carmen after intense training.  The challenge for them is to row across the Channel of Cozumel from Polé, present-day Xcaret, to the island of Cuzamil (Cozumel) and to return later to Xaman Há, now known as Playa del Carmen.

The Crossing is a total of 50 kilometers (30 miles) roundtrip, which is some 5 to 6 hours of rowing over the 420-meter deep Cozumel Channel. The south to north current running at 2 to 4 knots requires great physical strength and endurance to navigate which makes for a risky crossing for the oarsmen.  Hence the intense training.

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First the canoes set out from Pole (Xcaret) to Cuzamil (Cozumel) and when they arrive they will worship the goddess Ixchel . Once in Cozumel offerings will be made to the goddess Ixchel who then sends a message to the inhabitants of the Mayan lands. The canoes will then return to the mainland, bringing with them the goddess’s omens of good fortune which will be revealed to all those who are in Playa del Carmen to hear them.

This year, the celebration will begin on May 20th with a pilgrimage to Xcaret.  During the course of the night guests will participate in rituals and supplications to the goddess Ixchel as they wait for the first rays of dawn when they will send the canoes off to Cozumel.

For this special occasion, guests will not be mere spectators, but will take part in ceremonies and rituals in preparation for the crossing. The journey was traditionally undertaken to pray to the goddess and ask for:

Fertility of the earth   Abundant fruit, bountiful harvests, good fishing and exuberant surroundings   Good Weather  A mild climate, favorable winds, enough rain, the right temperatures for growth   Health  Harmony of body, mind and spirit   Continuity of Life    Peace and harmony among species, according to the natural order of the planet

The Sacred Mayan Crossing renews for us the wealth of history and the cultural legacy of the Mayan past from the 11th to the 16th centuries. The courage and daring of these ancient navigators whose trade networks were one of the crowning glories of Mayan culture in Yucatán, comes alive once more.

For the Maya, this journey was a mystical undertaking which profoundly influenced their intimate contact with the forces of nature.   The event this year has been organised to revive ancient Mayan traditions such as their rituals, dances, music, dress and their relationship with the gods.

Those who wish to witness the 2010 Sacred Mayan Crossing will learn about and participate in different re-creations of ancient Mayan cultural practices: trade, numerology, navigation and the re-telling of myths and legends documented in the sacred book, the Popol Vuh.

This is sure to be an educational, enriching and mystical experience for all who attend.

We would love to hear from anyone who is going or has been.  It would be great for those of us interested in Mayan culture to hear about your experience!  If you visit our website www.cancun.travel you can share your photos with us!

If  you want more detailed information go to http://cancun.travel/events/?event=382 where you  can also find details on accommodation and other exciting things to do during your Cancun vacation.

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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

Cancun Ranks As #1 International Summer Family Vacation Spot On Travelocity 2011 List

Cancun is honored to be voted best international destination on the list. The destination known for its breathtaking turquoise waters ranked #2 over all, proving yet again that Mexico’s number one destination is still a favorite among North American travelers visiting abroad.

In a statement released by Travelocity the online travel company called Cancun, “A destination once known for spring break debauchery, Cancun has reinvented itself as a family-friendly destination. It comes in as the number-one destination for families traveling internationally, and two on the overall list.”  The Travelocity’s ranking is based on an analysis of the summer bookings for 2011 by their own travel experts. Continue reading

Cancun Canoeiests win race leading up to the Sacred Mayan Crossing

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A team of Canoeists from Cancun take first place during the race held in the lead up to the Sacred Mayan Crossing.

With the participation of 150 canoeists, all dressed in traditional pre-Hispanic outfits, the race  held in the lead up to the 5th edition of the Sacred Mayan Journey was a great success, completing almost five months of training that the competitors endured in preparation for the event. The event allowed competitors to test their abilities in open ocean conditions. The Cancun team arrived in first place, after rowing a course of about six and a half miles on the coast of Playa del Carmen, from Xcaret Park to the Caníbal Royal bar on Coco Beach. Continue reading

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

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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.