In honor of #MexMonday, we’re taking a look into the cultural traditions and unique celebrations that mark Día de los Muertos or the Day of the Dead in many Mexican communities. Although this special day is celebrated in different ways from region to region, the meaning and widespread observance of this day is ubiquitous.
A festive and colorful holiday, Día de los Muertos is celebrated from Oct. 31 until Nov. 2, during which families honor the souls of their beloved family members who have passed away. During this time families return to the graves of their friends and family where they clean the tomb stones and decorate the graves with flowers and candles. Some people will even stay overnight at the graves of their beloved while playing music, drinking and eating.
In many homes, families will erect altars to honor the deceased. Traditionally these elaborately decorated altars will feature orange marigolds, sugar skulls and special food, including pan de muerto or bread of the dead. Some altars will also feature religious artifacts, candles and pictures of the deceased.
At Zoëtry Villa Rolandi Isla Mujeres and Zoëtry Paraiso de la Bonita Riviera Maya we invite you to explore the rich history and vibrant cultural traditions of Mexico during your stay with us! A great way to participate in this cultural event is to attend the Festival of Life and Death at Xcaret Park. A yearly event, this festival allows guests to experience traditional rituals and cuisine of Día de los Muertos, all while marveling at various arts exhibitions, dance concerts, crafts and decorated altars in celebration of the deceased.