The time of year of the most important tradition for Mexico has arrived: the Day of the Dead, and this in Xcaret Park means the return of our famous Festival of Life and Death Traditions. But this year it won’t be a regular event because in this edition we are celebrating the 15th Anniversary of our festival, so put on your fancy clothes and get ready to enjoy the party that awaits you at Xcaret Park. 

Festival of Life and Death

This year our festival returns to Xcaret Park with on-site presentations and performances, but you’ll also be able to enjoy digital experiences through our social media platforms. Also, there will be events at the Xcaret Hotels, in sub-sites in Playa del Carmen in communities of the Mayan Zone. So, if you haven’t bought your tickets or you were feeling bummed out from not being able to go to the park, don’t worry! Go to our social media sites or visit the official website of our Festival of Life and Death Traditions and find out about all the ways you can join us to celebrate the most important tradition for Mexico.  

On the 30th and 31st of October and the 1st and 2nd of November, you’ll be able to enjoy the festival and the infinity of activities that are offered in our park. If you do not know where to start, here I share 12 must-see experiences of the Festival of Life and Death.

Festival of Life and Death

1. Art Exhibitions

Immerse yourself in the world of Mexican art and visit the visual exhibitions that you can find distributed in our park. Be sure to witness how the “Meeting of Style” collective creates a live mural and take a look at the Xcaret “Road of Life and Death” mural collection on Main Street.

Also, be sure to visit the Shrouds of the Souls of the Mayan Zone Embroiderers and the Art of Syncretism by plastic artists from Playa del Carmen and soak up the artistic manifestations of the Mayan culture.

Festival of Life and Death

2. The marigold flowers or “flores de cempasúchil”

Even though it isn’t an activity as such, do not miss the opportunity to appreciate the beautiful marigold flowers that decorate our park. Its scent will transport you and its colors bring life to the decorations that flood our park. 

They also look amazing so don’t miss the chance to snap a few pictures in our decorated arches.

3. Macario, the Godson of Death by B. Traven with Ignacio López Tarso

You’ll be able to enjoy this play starring the iconic Mexican actor Ignacio López Tarso. “Macario, the Godson of Death”, tells the story of a woodcutter who, at the moment in which he is fulfilling one of his greatest wishes, receives an unexpected visit from three powerful characters: the Devil, God, and Death.

Enjoy the daily function in our Open Forum and make sure to arrive 30 minutes earlier because, due to the contingency, we have a limited capacity and the seats at the Forum fill up incredibly fast.

Also, make sure to check out our full Festival of Life and Death Traditions Program to know all the plays we offer.

4. Gastronomic sample of Quintana Roo

Of course that in the celebration of the Day of the Dead in Xcaret, the gastronomic sample of the guest state cannot be missed and because of the fact that this year we are celebrating our special fifteen-year-old or “quinceañero”, the gastronomic guest is none other than our own state, Quintana Roo.

Brazo de reina, black filling, mucbipollo, gorditas de queso de bola and more. Enjoy the typical dishes of the 3 regions of the state in our esplanade from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

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5. Workshops at the Mayan Village

You cannot miss the opportunity to participate in any of the workshops offered by Xcaret Park. Have a great time with the interactive chocolate workshop, the coconut workshop, the Huichol art workshop, or the interactive clay workshop. Visit the Mayan Village following the white line and enjoy these activities that last approximately 30 minutes.

Festival of Life and Death

6. Mexican Cemetery

In the Festival of Life and Death Traditions, you definitely have to visit the Xcaret Pantheon. At this time of year, the iconic place in our park is filled with candles and marigold flowers that will accompany you on an unforgettable tour.

Visit it with your family and have fun admiring the themed graves by candlelight.

Festival of Life and Death

7. “Xcaret in its Music” Gala Concert

Xcaret has created many musical themes to accompany their shows and in this concert, you will be able to enjoy the work created in 2004 by Ándres Campos: “La Danza de las Ánimas” a tribute to the Festival of Life and Death Traditions and many other important themes for the Mexican culture performed by the Majestic Camerata Sinfónica de Xcaret, the Mariachi Femenil “Las Adelitas”, Los Cantores and Grupo K´ay.

This concert is included in your general admission to the Festival so don’t miss it. Attend the Open Forum at 9:45 p.m. and let yourself be carried away by the rhythms set by the Xcaret groups.

8. Craft sample

At our festival, you’ll also be able to enjoy a very wide artisan sample. You can visit several stands where you can buy representative crafts of the state of Quintana Roo. These crafts include masks, clothing, shoes, dolls, among other things.

9. Visit our souvenir stand

This year, due to the contingency, the face painting booth will not be available but do not worry. We know that the calaverita and catrina makeup is super important to celebrate the Day of the Dead in Xcaret to the fullest and since we didn’t want you to miss it, at our stand you can buy makeup to paint yourself.

You’ll be able to choose between different makeup kits, catrina masks, and flower headbands, which depending on what you want can be normal or Otomí. You can also buy shirts and souvenirs from our festival.

Festival of Life and Death

10. Buy one of our famous Calaveritas

Food is definitely something you have to enjoy, but you also can’t miss the iconic calaverita drink. Visit the food stands that are distributed throughout the park and ask for it. Enjoy this drink and take the opportunity to take super cool pictures with your new handmade coconut skull.

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11. Exhibition of altars of the dead

You cannot miss the opportunity to visit the altars of the dead that flood the Main Square of our park with color. 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 were set up by our other parks such as Xel Ha, Xplor, and our hotels such as Hotel Xcaret Arte.

Be sure to bring your camera to capture the essence of the altars of the dead that decorate our festival.

12. Take a lot of pictures

And last but not least, take many, many pictures. For this event, our park takes all kinds of colors and the decoration brings the experience to life. Make sure to pack your camera with plenty of battery and take pictures 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.

Festival of Life and Death

There is no doubt that attending the Festival of Life and Death Traditions in our Xcaret Park is an unforgettable experience. The color of the marigold flowers, the smell of copal, the music, the clothing, and the delicious aroma of Quintana Roo’s typical dishes transport you to an extraordinary world that you will never forget. Tell us in the comments what is your favorite part of the festival and share your photos with us through our social media sites.

If you want to know more about the new modality of the festival, visit our blog How will the Festival of Life and Death be in 2021?