Catrina, a female character representing the dead created by Guadalupe Posadas
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Celebrating Day of the Dead in Cancun Mexico

Late October is a perfect time to visit Cancun, Mexico and participate in the Day of the Dead festivities held throughout the area.

Day of the Dead

Dia de los Muertos is a multi-day festival generally celebrated between October 31 and Nov 2nd throughout Latin America. It welcomes home the souls of the departed and celebrates life as well. The underlying message is that death is not to be feared and the souls of our loved ones are with us always.

October 31 is Halloween or All Hallows eve. November 1 is "el Dia de los innnocentes" or the day of the children and All Saints Day. November 2nd is All Souls Day or the Day of the Dead.

In its traditional form during the days of the dead, the family often visits the gravesites of loved ones, cleaning up debris and weeds, but also decorating the graves. Often candles, flowers and the favorite foods are placed on the grave and the family visits, and even eats, sings and tells favorite stories about those who are now gone, but certainly not forgotten. Throughout all of Mexico bright and colorful altars are erected.

Xcaret Park honors this Dia de los Muertos with the Festival of Life and Death Traditions every year on October 30th and 31st and on November 1st and 2nd. Through dance, theater, music, workshops and more, visitors can learn and participate in the rituals of Dia de los Muertos. During this festivity you will be able to experience the Hanal Pixan ritual (food for the souls), cuisine of the region, workshops, crafts, gifts and altars, visual arts exhibitions, theater, dance and gala concerts. Visit Xcaret Park and enjoy this celebration of the Mayan World dedicated to the memory and coexistence with our deceased.

The three-day fiesta is filled with marigolds, the flowers of the dead; muertos (the bread of the dead); sugar skulls; cardboard skeletons; tissue paper decorations; fruit and nuts; incense, and other traditional foods and decorations.

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Updated: October 29, 2016

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