05/11/2012Cancun Celebrates The Day Of The Dead

Cancun, the jewel of the Mexican Caribbean, is proud to share Mayan traditions with visitors from all over the world, including the most recent holiday: the Day of the Dead, also known as El Día de los Muertos.

Over a backdrop of turquoise waters and white-sand beaches, the destination celebrated with traditional vibrant colors, music and mysticism that come with this elaborate and festive holiday.

“Hanal Pixan,” Mayan for “Food for Souls,” is a traditional Mayan holiday in which people come together to celebrate and remember their friends and relatives who have passed away. This holiday is celebrated on November 1 and 2 when, according to Mayan tradition, souls receive permission to visit their relatives.

Throughout Mexico, El Día de los Muertos is one of the most important celebrations and includes several rites, among them the decoration of tombstones and graves with altars using items like embroidered table cloths where the favorite foods of the deceased are placed. Among the foods presented at the altars, the most important traditional meal is the “pib,” a corn cake stuffed with meat and spices cooked in an underground handmade oven.

Several eco-archeological parks celebrated the Day of the Dead including Xcaret, who hosted events to honor the dead and celebrate this vibrant holiday. Xcaret also featured presentations of “Life and Death celebrations” as well as traditional altars, theater, music, dance, folk art and gastronomy.

Alltournative is another company committed to preserving Mayan heritage and includes the celebrations for this unique holiday. On November 2, Alltournative participated in the celebrations of the Tres Reyes Mayan community where tourists and locals alike were able to witness the different altars, savor and enjoy Day of the Dead traditional meals and experience a magical ceremony where Crisanto, a Mayan shaman of the community, invited the souls of the dead to be a part of the celebrations.

The Cancun Convention and Visitors Bureau welcomed visitors and locals alike to take part in this mystical holiday celebration and invites everyone to experience the upcoming celebrations of December 21, 2012 which marks the end of the Mayan calendar and the beginning of a new era.

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About Cancun

Cancun is located in the northern part of the southeastern Mexican state of Quintana Roo. It is Mexico’s number one tourist destination and is known all over the world for its spectacular beaches, unique beauty and breathtaking turquoise waters.

Cancun’s shoreline recently underwent a $71 Million Dollar makeover, that featured 1.3 billion gallons of sand to renovating the Hotel Zone’s seashore. The most popular tourism destination in Mexico and Latin America has also added to its sun, beach, and nightlife, by creating a unique five-day route that will offer visitors a chance to experience adventure and interaction with nature. Cancun and the Treasures of the Caribbean invite travelers to discover the vast natural, cultural and gastronomical cultures of Puerto Morelos, and the four islands of the Mexican Caribbean: Holbox, Isla Mujeres, Contoy and Cozumel. Cancun is a multifaceted destination that combines nature, historical Mayan Culture, glamour, luxury and world class tourism with the seduction for adventure, the passion for paradisiacal nature and the enchantment of gastronomical magic.

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