Take off the Day of the Dead that you can’t miss
A look at the cultural activities of the FTVM
A day in which we celebrate all those who are no longer there and we contract again with our roots, the Day of the Dead. At the Festival of Traditions of Life and Death this is celebrated by sharing the tradition of a state of the republic. Through regional artists, typical gastronomy and local crafts it is able to give a cultural representation of how the Day of Deads in this state is lived. This year’s guest is our state: Quintana Roo.
This celebration goes beyond put an altar or eat the delicious and hot dead bread, but it is the most important tradition in Mexico, it is something that unites us. Many people have been inspired by the Day of the souls already through the arts they seek to express Mexican culture and identity, so the Festival of Traditions of Life and Death of Xcaret seeks to bring artists and artisans who can share with all their music, dance and joy.
The curtain rises
One of the activities you can enjoy within the festival are the plays. You are looking to show the creativity of the local groups in the state represented. This year the works range from comedy performances with titles, great shows with renowned artists, and everyone talks about how culture is lived on Souls Day.
This edition of the festival shares works by local groups such as the company Magia Escénica presenting “El Rezo de la Tía Salma” and other performances are the Grupo Jot Suuk de Tihosuco, “El Chiclero Fanfarrón”. The great show you can’t miss is the work of Ignacio López Tarso “Macario, the Godson of Death” which tells the story of a lumberjack who is about to fulfill his dream when he is presented with the Devil, God and Death What will happen to this character?
Through the theatrical art one looks for to portray complex subjects like the death and the importance of a light and funny form, very to the Mexican humor. The Day of the Dead in the theater tries to stage our sorrows and laugh at them for a while. The purpose is to remember our loved ones and all the beautiful moments we spent with them.
The dance never dies
Because we know that the rhythm is in the bones, in the festival there are also many performances of unmissable dances with regional dancers. The stagings show us through beautiful movements stories, colorful costumes and rituals that our ancestors performed for the Day of the Dead.
The 15th edition of the FTVM presents groups such as the Tumben Huhub Ballet which presents the work of “U sak nik nal” or in Spanish “Se Extinguió su Blanca Flor” and there is also the Xcaret Dance Company which presents the adaptation of the Count Francisca. and Death “Ixchel and Death.” The dances of the night is the Death “Óok’ot Yéetel Kaan” or Dancing with the Serpent and the “Game of the Life and the Death” of the Group Xipe Totek that tells the history us of the rituals of the Mayan culture through the dance and ball game.
Through dance we can see the different interpretations that exist of death and how Mexico celebrates the step beyond. In the different works, the dancers help us to understand more about this tradition and tell us stories preparing us for the dance of the arrival of the souls of those who are no longer there.
To the sound of the marimba
As every year, in this edition we are accompanied by local artists to make us dance to the son of their music. On your tour of the park you will be able to find different regional groups making live music. The different sounds and rhythms that will dance, sing and enjoy a unique experience of the Day of the Dead tradition.
This edition of the festival features many groups from Quintana Roo sharing their traditions such as “Music by Maya Paax ” bringing his rhythms from Felipe Carrillo Puerto. There is also the Sesquiáltera Quintet from Playa del Carmen who transmit their young sounds to us through traditional Mexican music. A presentation that should be in the spotlight is the “Concert of Gala Xcaret in its Music” of the Symphonic Camerata of Xcaret and Guests, which will delight us with great original musical themes.
Since music is a universal language, through sound and rhythm we can embark on a magical journey that teaches us more about culture. Through music we live the celebration and embrace both life and death. The musicians present us with compositions inspired by the Day of the Dead that honor the souls of those who preceded us.
You can also enjoy the culture by eating as you can enjoy a typical gastronomic show of the state of Quintana Roo and if you want to take a bit of the celebration to your home there are also typical crafts. Seek to support local artists and artisans who share their traditions with us. That is why through art and dedication these artists can honor the Day of the Dead through their crafts.
Culture mixes with art to rescue our Day of the Dead tradition, a celebration so important that it was necessary to hold a 4-day event to represent it in its fullness. The Festival of Traditions of Life and Death seeks to make visible and share with all the rituals and arts so beautiful that our country offers. Come and share with us the most important tradition in Mexico!
There are many more cultural activities within the Festival of Life and Death of Xcaret that you can not miss such as the tour of the cemetery or the exhibitions of the altars. Here we leave you with the 12 unmissable experiences of the festival of life and death.
If you want to connect with the Mexican tradition of the Day of the souls and live an extraordinary experience do not miss all the activities that are prepared in the Festival of Traditions of Life and Death in Xcaret and live the true experience of the Day of the Dead.
If you want to know more about the FTVM we recommend you empty: How are you going to be the Festival of Life and Death in 2021?
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