September 1st, 2011
Chocolate and drums from Tabasco for the Death and Life Traditions Festival at the Cancun Family Park, Xcaret.
Day of the Dead in Mexico is not about sadness or tears. It’s a mystic and cheerful tradition. Its colors, aromas and flavors summarize many times and many memories for each of the Mexicans. Because the Day of the Dead is a so-Mexican festivity, Xcaret celebrates it since 2006. During the Death and Life Traditions Festival we remember all of our loved ones who went on before us in the path we all have to walk sometime.
This year, Tabasco will be the guest state of the Life and Death Traditions Festival at Xcaret (Cancun family Park). Tabasco, land of cacao and the joyful rhythm of drums, will share its traditions for the Day of Dead during the festival, which central theme is “La Muerte Niña”: how Mexican hold a wake for dead children. Parents used to paint them as if the children were slept and use to put their favorite toys in the altar.
The Life and Death Traditions Festival will be the perfect opportunity to go into the cacao’s world. There are in Tabasco some places were people keep the way to make chocolate as the mayan did. Those places are called Haciendas Cacaoteras and two of the most important ones will bring to Xcaret the magic of the real Mexican chocolate. In the Childen’s Pavilion of the Festival the family will enjoy storytelling, Contemporary Dance, Tabasco Drummers, traditional music and cultural workshops.
At the Festival, Ofelia Medina will present “Mexican Voices”, which is about three great women who have formed a fundamental part of the culture of Mexico: Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, Rosario Castellanos and Frida Kahlo. Visitors will enjoy also the fabulous music of Jaramar and a concert of the Carlos Chavez Quartet.
The 6th Festival of Life and Death Traditions at Xcaret (Cancun Family Park) will be held on October 30th and 31th, November 1st and 2nd. Have you come to enjoy Day of the Dead in Mexico before? Tell us what did you like the most! We wait for you at Xcaret!