A Day of the Dead festivity that you cannot miss

Take a look at the cultural activities of the festival

A day in which we celebrate all those who are no longer here and we reconnect with our roots, the Day of the Dead. The Festival of Life and Death Traditions celebrates by sharing the tradition of a state of the republic. Through resident artists, regional gastronomy, and local crafts it’s possible to give a cultural representation of how Day of the Dead is lived in that region. This year’s guest is our own state: Quintana Roo.

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This celebration goes beyond putting up an altar or eating a warm and delicious pan de muerto, because it is the most important tradition in Mexico. It’s something that unites us. Many people have been inspired by the Day of the Souls, and through the arts, they seek to express the Mexican culture and identity. This is why the Festival of Life and Death of Xcaret seeks to bring artists and artisans that can share their music, dance, and joy.

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The curtain rises and the show begins

One of the activities that you can enjoy at the festival is the plays. They seek to show the creativity of the local groups of the host region. This year the works range from comical puppet shows to great presentations with renowned artists, and they all talk about how culture is experienced on the Day of the Souls.

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In this edition of the festival, works by local groups such as the Magia Escénica Company is presenting “Aunt Salma’s Prayer”. There is also another representation is by Jot Suuk Grup of Tihosuco, “The Braggart Chiclero”. The main event that you cannot miss is by famous actor Ignacio López Tarso “Macario, Tha Godson of the Death”. It narrates the story of a woodcutter who is about to fulfill his dream when the Devil, God, and the Death appear before him. What will become of this character?

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Through theatrical art, we portray complex themes such as death and transcendence in a light and funny way. That’s Mexican humor for you! The Day of the Dead in the theater tries to stage our regrets while we laugh at them. The purpose is to remember our loved ones and all the beautiful moments we spent with them.

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Dance till you drop dead!

Because we know that the rhythm is in your bones, at the festival, there are also many must-see dance performances with regional dancers. The stagings show us through beautiful movements, intricate stories, colorful costumes, and rituals that our ancestors performed for the Day of the Dead.

festival-of-life and-death-dance that the rhythm is in your bones, at the festival, there are also many must-see dance performances with regional dancers. The stagings show us through beautiful movements, intricate stories, colorful costumes, and rituals that our ancestors performed for the Day of the Dead.

In the 15th edition of the festival groups such as the Tumben Huhub Ballet presents the work of “U sak nik nal” or in English “Its White Flower is withered”. There is also Xcaret Dance Company that presents the adaptation of the story Francisca and Death named “Ixchel and Death”. The main dances of the night are Death “Óok’ot Yéetel Kaan” or Dancing with the Serpent. There is also “Game of Life and Death” of the Xipe Totek Group that illustrate the history of rituals in the Mayan culture through dance and ball games.

Through dance, we can see the different interpretations of death that exist and how Mexico celebrates the passage to the afterlife. In the performances, the dancers help us understand more about this tradition. They are telling us stories preparing us for the dancing arrival of the souls of those who are no longer here.

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The rhythm of your heart

Like every year, local artists join us making everyone dance to their music. On your tour of the park, you will find different regional groups playing amazing live music. The different sounds and rhythms will make you dance, sing and enjoy a unique experience of the tradition in the Day of the Dead.

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In this edition of the festival, many groups from Quintana Roo are coming! sharing their traditions with us. Such as “Music of Maya Paax” bringing their rhythms from Felipe Carrillo Puerto. There is also the Sesquiáltera Quintet from Playa del Carmen who transmit their young sounds through traditional Mexican music. A presentation that you should keep an eye on is the “Xcaret Gala Concert in its Music” by the Xcaret Symphonic Camerata and Guests, who will delight us with great original musical themes.

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Since music is a universal language, through sound and rhythms we can embark on a magical journey that teaches us more about Mexican culture. Through music, we live the celebration and embrace with open arms both life and death. The musicians present us with compositions inspired by the Day of the Dead that honor the souls of those who left before us.

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You can also taste our culture, you can enjoy a typical gastronomic sample of the state of Quintana Roo. If you want to take a piece of the celebration home there are also typical crafts. We are looking 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.

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Culture and art are mixed together to rescue our tradition of the Day of the Dead. A celebration that is so important that it was necessary to do a 4-day event to represent it in its fullness. The Festival of Life and Death Traditions seeks to make share with everyone all the beautiful rituals and arts that our country offers. Come share with us the most important tradition in Mexico!

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There are many more cultural activities within the Xcaret Life and Death Festival that you cannot miss. Such as the tour of the cemetery or the exhibitions of the altars. Here we leave you the 12 must-try experiences of the life and death festival.

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If you want to connect with the Mexican tradition of the Day of the Souls and live an extraordinary adventure. Do not miss all the activities that are prepared in the Festival of Life and Death Traditions at Xcaret  in Xcaret and live the true experience of the Day of the Dead.

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If you want to know more about this celebration, we recommend reading: How will the Festival of Life and Death be in 2021? 

Have you already been to the Festival of Life and Death Traditions in Xcaret? Tell us how you live the tradition of the Day of the Death so that together we can learn more about our Mexican culture.