Day of the Dead
The tradition of the Day of the Dead comes from our pre-Hispanic past. The ancient civilizations that populated what is now Mexico honored death as a consequence of life and part of the cycle of nature. November 1st is the celebration of All Saints' Day in the Catholic tradition. On this date, we remember those people who died without being blessed or saints, as well as those who passed away while still children. That day a traditional mass takes place on the esplanade of the Xcaret park.
All Souls' Day takes place on November 2nd, and we pray for all those souls who have not yet received access to paradise. During these days, our loved ones can return from the afterlife for a few hours to visit their relatives and be close to them once more. The pre-Columbian cult of death was one of the elements that merged with Catholicism, in a religious syncretism that lasts to this day, being one of the most deeply rooted traditions among Mexicans.
What can we find on an altar during the Day of the Dead?
On November 1st and 2nd of every year, the altars for the dead are placed throughout Mexico with flowers and food. This costume is for remembering our beloved ones who have already left for the afterlife.
The elements that an altar has can be many and varied. The primary objects include candles, salt, incense, sugar skulls, the traditional bread of the dead, and marigold flowers. In addition, we usually set in the altars the favorite dishes of our relatives who have already left, photographs of them, sometimes personal items, and even items such as cigarettes or some liquor. In the case of children, candy or a toy can be part of the altar.
What is the goal of the Festival?
The goal of the Festival of Life and Death Traditions in Xcaret is to contribute to the preservation of the Day of the Dead traditions, which are Intangible Cultural Heritage. As Mexico's window to the world, it is also an excellent opportunity to show the culture of our country through its artistic representations, crafts, and its many traditions.
What is the objective of the festival?
The objective of the Festival of Life and Death Traditions in Xcaret is to contribute to the preservation of the Day of the Dead traditions, which are Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. As Mexico's window to the world, it is also an excellent opportunity to show the culture of our country through its artistic representations, crafts and its many traditions.
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