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Dia de Los Muertos at Xcaret

Xcaret near Playa del Carmen Dia de los MuertosXcaret Park, about 10 minutes from Playa del Carmen,  is probably one of the most magical places in the world. Riviera Maya's cultural and entertainment mecca will celebrate the 5th Annual "Life and Death Traditions Festival" from October 30th to November 2nd. The comprehensive occasion presents expressions of theatre, dance, music, narrative, as well as gastronomy and this year in the midst of special celebrations of Mexico’s Bicentennial and the Centennial of the Mexican Revolution.

For nearly 20 years Xcaret has paid homage towards the native and cultural wealth of Mexico and through this exceptional celebration the park will become a mosaic medley of color, music and tradition; together with an impressive agenda of activities for kids, teens and adults. The event determined by “200 years of Life and Death” brings to existence, essentially most symbolic and representative characters from Mexico’s history, the garments of the era as well as the most significant food and landscapes in its history; each and every one articulated through music, theatre, literature and dance.

The program comprises of, “Here comes the Death, Shining with a Thousand Bright Colors”, a musical cabaret theatre by Astrid Hadad; “Juárez Shouldn’t Have Died”, a musical recital-show by Oscar Chávez; as well as the presentation of the Nandayapa Marimba in a live performance concert. There'll also be performances from the “Traditional Yucatecan Music” Jaranera Orchestra from Xcaret; family theatre, a multidisciplinary show from the Isadora Art in Movement Group; a regional Yucatecan comedy theatre along with tales and legends from the Maya.

This year the presence of Chiapas with this Festival will be in the midst of rituals and exhibitions by which the genuine representation (offerings, flowers, drinks as well as food) of the Day of the Dead are going to be preserved by means of an exhibition of traditional altars. To make matters official the administrators of the Park and the Chiapas State Council for Culture and the Arts met at the entrance to Xcaret’s graveyard to authorize the collaboration agreement, which formally confirms the occurrence of this entity within the Festival.

Dia del los Muertos Xcaret near Playa del CarmenThe deed was signed by Marvin Lorena Arriaga Córdova, Director of the Chiapas State Council for Culture and the Arts; Enrique Pérez López, Director of the Chiapas State Centre for Indigenous Languages, Art and Literature (CELALI); Francisco Marrón, Executive Director of Xcaret; and Leticia Aguerrebere, Festival Director.

Signing as witnesses of honour were Carlos Constandse Madrazo, Vice-President of Experiencias Xcaret and Vanesa Gracia, on behalf of the Minister of Culture of the Government of Quintana Roo, amid Dario Flota, Director of the Riviera Maya’s Tourism Promotion Trust and Alejandra Rodriguez Zetina, Deputy Minister of Planning of the Quintana Roo Ministry of Tourism.

A visit to Riviera Maya’s Xcaret Park during the ‘Day of the Dead/ Day of the Saints’ celebrations is probably the best moments in time to discover the history, culture and traditions that only Mexico can offer.



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