Every year, Xcaret amazes us with its Festival of Life and Death, a celebration that’s loved by tourists and residents of Cancun and Playa del Carmen. In 2014 it celebrates its ninth edition, where the Catrina is once again center stage as this park delights us with artistic, cultural and culinary representations of one of the liveliest traditions in Mexico.
Hanal Pixan, the Day of the Dead ritual in Yucatan, lights up the Riviera Maya from October 30th to November 2nd. Don’t pass up the opportunity to try mucbipollo, a large tamal that’s baked underground and known as pib. Not only is this dish included among the offerings to the departed, but it’s also one of the tastiest dishes of Yucatecan cuisine.
This year’s guest state is Michoacan, and it’s guaranteed to captivate audiences with its colors and aromas, making the 2014 Festival of Life and Death an unforgettable event. In the towns of Janitzio and Patzcuaro the Day of the Dead celebrations are truly magical, with marigolds, candles and beautiful alters adorning the streets. It will be wonderful to admire the traditions of Michoacan and the Yucatan region together in one place.
It’s recommended that you arrive early and attend all of the events that Xcaret has planned, including theater, dancing and exhibits you won’t want to miss. The main performance features Fernando de la Mora, a tenor whose voice has captivated audiences in New York, London, Barcelona and Milan. At Xcaret, you’ll have the opportunity to hear him sing alongside mariachis.
They say that those of us living along the Caribbean coast are not rooted in the customs and traditions of Mexico. I disagree, because not only do we celebrate national holidays for our own enjoyment, but for the enjoyment of tourists as well. Enjoy your vacation and experience an unforgettable Day of the Dead, at Xcaret!
Xcaret and the Magic of the Festival of Life and Death
- José Miguel Almeyda