Festival of Life and Death Focuses on 2012 Theme



A mosaic of colors, music and traditions will make up the 7th Annual Festival of Life and Death and Traditions in Xcaret. Children and adults of all ages will enjoy an extraordinary and varied program to celebrate the traditional Mexican celebration of Day of the Dead, Día de los Muertos. This year’s main theme is 2012, a date that Mayans saw as an opportunity for reflection and renewal.

2012 in Life and Death


The festival was initiated to spread and preserve the cultural heritage of Mexico, becoming one of the most important event of its kind in Cancun and the Riviera Maya. This year, organizers expect an approximate 40,000 attendees from October 30th to November 2nd.

We want to return and look back at our ancestors to show something that the Mayans have always had in mind, Hanal Pixán means “soul” who gives life to the body. We will relive a millenary tradition with new eyes:

“We will see that, as you see, I was, as I see, I see!”


The Festival of Life and Death will present a great variety of theater performances, dance, music, food and exhibitions celebrating the Day of the Dead. Special performances include singer Lila Downs, the “Forests of Kings” Dzul Dance Company, as well as performances by singer Jaramar.

For the first time, this year Day of the Dead celebrations will be extended to Playa del Carmen on the 3rd and 4th of November in Parque la Ceiba and the Centro Cultural Caracol Marino.

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We look forward to welcoming you. For more information, take a look at the official page Life and Death