THE FESTIVAL OF LIFE AND DEATH RETURNS TO THE MAYAN RIVER
CELEBRATE THE DAY OF THE DEAD IN XCARET
He bequeathed the time of year of the most important tradition for Mexico: the Day of the Dead, and this in Xcaret Park means the return of our famous Festival of Traditions of Life and Death. But this year is not a regular event, in this edition we are celebrating because we celebrate the 15th Anniversary of our festival, so put on your best finery and get ready to enjoy the party that awaits you in Xcaret.
This year the festival returns to Parc Xcaret with face-to-face presentations, but you can also enjoy digital experiences through our social networks. Likewise, there will be events at the Xcaret Hotels, in sub-offices to Playa del Carmen in communities in the Mayan Zone. So, if you haven’t gotten your tickets or were achicopalado for not being able to go to the park, don’t worry! Visit our social networks or the website of the Festival of Traditions of Life and Death and find out all the ways you can join us to celebrate the most important tradition for Mexico.
On 30 and 31 October and 1 and 2 November you will be able to enjoy in our park the expected festival and the infinity of activities that it offers. If you plan on not knowing where to start, here I share you 12 unmissable experiences of the Festival of Life and Death.
1. Art exhibitions
Immerse yourself in the world of Mexican art and visit the visual exhibitions which you may have distributed in our park. Be sure to watch the collective “Meeting of Style” make a live mural and take a look at the Xcaret mural collection “Camino de vida y muerte” on Avenida Principal.
Also be sure to visit the Shrouds of the Souls of the Bordadoras Zona Maya and the Art of Syncretism by Playa del Carmen visual artists and soak up the artistic manifestations of Mayan culture.
2. The flowers of cempasúchil
Although it is not an activity as such, do not miss the opportunity to appreciate the beauties cempasúchil flowers that decorate our park. Its aroma will transport you and its colors bring life to the decoration that floods our park.
They also look amazing so don’t miss the opportunity to take a few photos in our decorated arches.
3. Macario, the godson of the death of B. Traven with Ignacio López Tarso
You can enjoy this play starring the iconic actor Ignacio López Tarso. “Macario, the godson of death” tells the story of a lumberjack who at the moment when he is fulfilling one of his greatest desires, receives an unexpected visit from three powerful characters: the Devil, God and Death.
Enjoy the daily function in our Open Forum and be sure to arrive 30 minutes early because, due to the contingency, we have a limited capacity and the Forum fills up very quickly.
Also, be sure to check out ours Complete Festival of Life and Death Traditions Festival program to get to know all the plays we offer.
4t Gastronomic show of Quintana Roo
Of course, in the celebration of the Day of the Dead in Xcaret can not miss the gastronomic show of the invited state and as this year we are celebrating our special quinceañero, the gastronomic guest is Quintana Roo.
Queen’s arm, black stuffing, mucbipollo, chubby ball cheese and more. Enjoy the typical dishes of the 3 regions of the state on our esplanade from 16:00 to 22:00 hrs.
5. Mayan Village Workshops
You can not miss the opportunity to participate in any of the workshop offered by Xcaret Park. Have a great time with the interactive chocolate workshop, the coconut workshop, the Huichol art or the interactive clay workshop. Visit the Pueblo Maya following the white line and enjoying our workshops that last approximately 30 minutes.
6th Mexican Cemeteries
At the Festival of Life and Death Traditions you definitely have to visit the Xcaret Pantheon. At this time of year, the iconic place of our park is full of candles and cempasúchil flowers that will accompany you on an unforgettable tour.
Visit it with your family and have fun admiring the themed tombs by candlelight.
7th Gala concert “Xcaret in its music”
Xcaret has created many musical themes to dress up his shows and in this concert you can enjoy the Work created in 2004 by Andres Campos: “La Danza de las Ánimas” a tribute to the Festival of Traditions of Life and Death and many other important themes for Mexican culture performed by the Majestic Symphonic Camerata of Xcaret, the Mariachi Femenil “Las Adelitas”, Los Cantores and Grupo K´ ai.
This concert is included in your general admission to the Festival so don’t miss it. Attend the Open Forum at 9:45 pm and let yourself be carried away by the rhythms set by the Xcaret groups.
8th. Craft show
In the new festival you will also enjoy a very wide craft show. You can visit several stands where you can buy handicrafts representative of the state of Quintana Roo. These crafts include mouthpieces, clothing, shoes, dolls, among other things.
9. Visit the souvenir stand
This year, due to contingency, pintacaritas will not be available, but don’t worry. We know that the makeup of skull and catrina is super important to celebrate the Day of the Dead in Xcaret to the fullest and how we would not want the strange, At the new stand you can buy makeup to paint yourself.
You can choose from different makeup kits, catrina face masks and flower tiaras, which depending on what you want can be normal or ottoman. You can also buy players and souvenirs from our festival.
10. Buy a skull
The food is something you definitely have to enjoy, but you can’t miss it either the iconic skull drink. Visit the food stalls that are distributed throughout the park and ask for it. Enjoy this drink and take the opportunity to take some super parent photos with your new handmade skull made of coconut.
11. Exhibition of altars of the dead
You can’t miss the opportunity to visit them altars of the dead which floods the color Main Square of our park. There you can see the altars set up by members of the most important Mayan communities and you can also take a look at those that have been set up by our other parks like Xel Ha, Xplor and our hotels like Hotel Xcaret Arte.
Be sure to carry out your camera to capture the essence of the altars of the dead that will decorate our festival.
12th Take lots of pictures
And last but not least, take many, but many photos. For this event, our park takes all kinds of colors and decoration life to experience. Be sure to carry your camera with plenty of batteries and take photos in our photobooths, in the cemetery, in our arches and on our iconic candle path.
Take advantage of these opportunities and immortalize the incredible experience of visiting the Festival of Life and Death Traditions in our Xcaret Park.
There is no doubt that attending the Festival of Traditions of Life and Death in our Xcaret Park is an unforgettable experience. The color of the cempasúchil flowers, the smell of copal, the music, the clothes and the delicious aroma of the quintanarroenses dishes transport you to an extraordinary world that you will never forget. Tell us in the comments is your favorite part of the festival and share your photos on social media.
If you want to know more about the new modality of the festival visit our blog What about the 2021 Life and Death Festival?
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