Festival of Life and Death Traditions 2017

Special Guest

About the Festival

In the 12th edition of the Festival of Life and Death Traditions, the state of Yucatán takes the leading role, and will embellish the event by bringing custom and culture to the traditions proudly celebrated on the Yucatán Peninsula.

From October 30th to November 2nd at Xcaret celebrate the symbolic moment of passing from life to death, and the belief that the souls of the dead come back during these days to interact with them in a reunion that takes place each year.

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Xcaret has prepared many artistic expressions which during the four days of the festival will take you on a journey through the traditions of the Day of the Dead, and through Mexico’s beliefs with a unique style each artist brings to this special holiday.


Folkloric ballet, pre-Hispanic and contemporary dance, traditional rituals and festive dances.


Comedy, drama, puppet and scenic shows, monologue, circus theater, narrated and regional theater, among many others.


Traditional Charanga, marimba, multi-piece orchestra, jaranera band, traditional music, trova from Yucatán, and of course the gala concert of Aleks Syntek.

Expositions, exhibitions and workshops:

More than 40 altars, with and without food sales from Quintana Roo, Yucatán and guest institutions, plus three interactive workshops, and painting, drawing and photographic exhibitions.


An important reason for the dead to come back these days is their favorite food and for them to be able to taste the dishes they enjoyed so much while living. With the cuisine prepared at Xcaret, the living and the dead will have a lot of options to delight and choose from: ts’o, a white turkey or chicken stuffing, and the Mucbipollo, a type of really big tamal, stuffed with chicken, wrapped with banana leaf and cooked underground, cochinita pibil, black stuffing, pork and beans, and many more.

Special Guest

Yucatán is the great guest in this edition of the Festival of Life and Death Traditions at Xcaret, and will bring all of its traditions and rituals with different themes involving death, telling stories of tragedy, comedy and drama represented through artists dedicated to heighten a holiday named Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.

Gala Concert

Aleks Syntek is coming to Xcaret, to the Festival of Life and Death Traditions 2017!
The Mexican singer and songwriter Aleks Syntek will be at Xcaret on November 1st and 2nd, to make you sing and dance with the hits of his renowned career like: Duele el amor, Corazones invencibles, Te soñé, Volverte a ver, Intocable, Loca, and many more.

How can I get to the Festival?

You can come in your own car as the Park features free parking facilities. If you come by bus, ADO buses offer you special departures from Cancun and Playa del Carmen during the Festival (from October 30th to November 2nd). Xcaret park is located on the Chetumal – Pto. Juárez Highway km 282 in Playa del Carmen.

Secondary Venues

The Festival of Life and Death Traditions 2017 continues with three more days at the Festival’s official secondary venues: Planetario Sayab (Planetary) and Teatro de la Ciudad de Playa del Carmen (City Theater), where from November 3rd to 5th, artistic expressions with the same magic, culture and talent as the ones displayed at Xcaret will take place.