Festival of Life and Death Traditions of Xcaret
We are already in the Day of the Dead Season and that means that the Festival of Life and Death Traditions of Xcaret is approaching, but how are you going to live it in this 2021?
Festival of Life and Death
Unlike in previous years, this time this event will be presented in a hybrid way, this means that we will have both face-to-face presentations at the main venue, which is Xcaret Park, and digital through our social networks. We will also have events at the Xcaret Hotels, in sub-offices in Playa del Carmen and, for the first time, in communities in the Mayan Zone. In this post I will explain all the ways you can enjoy it.
Before starting with the details of how to attend, you should know that this edition is very special for Grupo Xcaret as it will be celebrating the 15th Anniversary of the Festival of Life and Death. The Festival of Life and Death Traditions of Xcaret includes:
- Face-to-face activities at Xcaret Park
- Digital program to watch from home
- Presentations and culinary offer for guests of Xcaret Hotels
- Sub-offices for the local community of Playa del Carmen
- Shows in the Mayan Zone of Quintana Roo
Will there be a Festival of Life and Death in Xcaret?
The answer is yes and no, now I explain. Unlike 2020, this year we will have a face-to-face event in the park, however, it will be enjoyed with limited capacity and under all the preventive measures implemented by Grupo Xcaret.
If you want to attend the event at Xcaret Park, you can do it on October 30 and 31 and November 1 and 2 and you can buy your tickets through our website, by calling the Contact Center, directly at the Park entrance ticket offices Xcaret, in the sales modules.
What activities will there be at the Festival of Life and Death?
These are some of the stellar artistic theater, music and dance performances that you cannot miss. If you want to see the complete program with a more complete description of each one, you can do it here:
- Full Festival of Life and Death Traditions Program
- Xcaret Events App – Google Play
- Xcaret Events App – App Store
There will be seven presentations by national artists, three of them are:
- “Macario, the Godson of B. Traven’s death” by Ignacio López Tarso at the Open Forum.
This great star of Mexican gold cinema will be accompanying us at the 15th Festival extolling the customs and traditions of Mexico.
- “Death comes singing” by the La Trouppe Company
“Panteón de Fiesta – Concert for Puppets” by Governor Emmanuel Márquez Peralta and Musicalization by Mtro. Gerardo Tamez at the La Isla Forum.
They will also have five regional artists that are very worth seeing, for example:
“El Rezo de la Tía Salma” by Cía. Scenic Magic at Foro La Isla.
“The Dwarf King” by Titeradas in the Hacienda Hall.
We will also have the presence of seven groups representing the Mayan Zone, such as:
- “El Chiclero Fanfarrón” from the Tihosuco Jotsuu’k Group and the Explanada Forum.
- “Histories of the Hanal Pixan” of the IlusiónArte Group of Kantunilkin in the Explanada Forum.
And the seven performances of our in-house artists definitely cannot be foldable. Some of them son:
- Gala Concert “Xcaret in the Music of Him” by the Xcaret Symphonic Camerata and Guests at the Open Forum.
“The Game of Life and Death” by Ball Players Xcaret in the Ball Game Forum.
“Ixchel y la Muerte” by the Xcaret Dance Company in the Ball Game Forum.
“Óok’ot Yéetel Kaan: Dancing with the Serpent” by Cía. Xipe Totek at the Open Forum.
Day of the Dead workshops, food and party
In addition to the artistic presentations, other Day of the Dead activities that you should definitely not miss during the in-person event of the Festival of Life and Death Traditions of Xcaret, such as:
1.– “Come on to the 15ses of Mején Pixán!” At the Interactive Hacienda where you can enjoy storytelling, interactive tours, workshops, games and dynamics for the whole family. These activities are highly recommended if you attend with children.
2.– Mass for the Feast of All Saints – presided over by Bishop Pedro Pablo Elizondo Cárdenas and Father Hubert Reigner, accompanied by the Xcaret Singers and the K’ay Group in the Explanada Forum.
3.– Artistic exhibitions of paintings, murals, posters, photographs, textiles, among others that will be held in different parts of the park.
4.– The traditional display of altars from the Mayan Zone and the Monumental Altar at the main entrance.
5.– Four handicraft workshops with the theme of the Day of the Dead in the Mayan Town: chocolate, clay, Huichol art and coconut.
6.– The favorite of many, the gastronomic sample that will be presented by the three great regions of Quintana Roo: North, Center and South with traditional dishes such as: Black filling, Pib, Brazo de reina, dogfish empanadas, charcoal fish, among others.
7.– A great artisan and agro-product sample, in which you will be able to find suitable products from the region such as embroidery, hippie japa, filigree, kibis, sauces, honey, among others.
options to enjoy the Festival of Life and Death from home
As mentioned at the beginning, this year they will also have a Digital Program that can be enjoyed from home through their social networks for all Festival fans who will not have the opportunity to attend our venues.
Next, we will explain how you will be able to see it and what to expect.
13 of the main theater, dance and music works that we will have face-to-face at Xcaret Park and capsules especially aimed at boys and girls will be broadcast through the official social networks @xcaretpark.
These transmissions will be made on demand on our website and others through our YouTube channel and will be from October 29 to November 6. As of November 4, we will release all content on the festivaldevidaymuerte.com website.
Access to digital content will be free.
Special Day of the Dead activities at Xcaret Hotels
Yes, Grupo Xcaret Hotels will also offer Day of the Dead activities from October 29 to November 2.
At Hotel Xcaret México
If you will be staying on those dates, you can enjoy musical artistic presentations, Clown Theater, parades and photo sessions throughout the day in different hotel forums, as well as a decoration representative of this Mexican tradition.
All presentations are subject to change.
Some that you cannot miss are:
- “Stanley and his journey with the alebrije”, Clown Theater by Mtro. Alberto Stanley in the lobby.
Photo session with
- “La Catrina” with Erick de Luna in the lobby.
“The Alborada Parade” for the Quinto Sol Folkloric Ballet and Charanga Xyatil in the Pool area.
- “La Catrina Soprano with Catrín en Piano” for Karent Cano and Juan Carlos Angulo at the Lobby Bar.
The Hotel Xcaret México will have an exquisite and innovative culinary experience that will offer a fusion of the traditional part with the contemporary part.
- Gastronomic sample of Day of the Dead and Quintana Roo in all the Restaurants of Hotel Xcaret México: Trajinera, Teatro del Río, Casa Fuego, El Mercado, Las Cuevas.
- Gourmet Dinner by Chefs Carlos Gaytán and Orlando Trejo that will offer gourmet dishes and fusion cuisine inspired by the Mayan Zone at the Há Restaurant.
- The Dinner “The Banquet of the Souls” which is a buffet alluding to the Day of the Dead served at the Las Cuevas Restaurant.
At Hotel Xcaret Arte
For the guests of Hotel Xcaret Arte, thematic workshops on the Day of the Dead will be given, specially designed so that they can prepare an altar to their deceased with clay crafts, textiles and painting created by themselves. You can also make their literary skulls in memory of the deceased.
For the local community of Playa del Carmen
As is tradition, the Festival of Life and Death Traditions of Xcaret will be extended with some of its musical and theater presentations at some venues in Playa del Carmen.
This will take place on November 3 at the Playa del Carmen City Theater and at the SAYAAB Planetarium Totally free, also following the health protocols and limited capacity that these establishments already have.
Festival of Life and Death Traditions of Xcaret
Festival of Life and Death Traditions in communities of the Mayan Zone
As part of the celebrations for the 15th Anniversary of the Festival of Life and Death Traditions and in gratitude to the communities of the Mayan Zone that have participated in past editions, this year there will be a tour of them with artistic presentations.
In conjunction with the Truperías Foundation, they will bring theater to the communities of Quintana Roo as a link between socialization and art as a life transformer from November 04 to 13.
In addition, 10 communities of the Mayan Zone of Quintana Roo will receive at home the presentation of the play “Viene la Muerte Cantando” by the children’s theater company La Trouppe, which has more than 40 years of experience and is characterized by combining artistic expressions of puppets and clowns in their presentations.
Children’s workshops created by the Truperías Foundation with “Retablos de Calaveras” will also take place.
The ten communities we will reach are:
- Jose Maria
- Chanchén Palmar
Join them to keep alive the traditions that make us fall in love with Mexico through the Festival of Life and Death Traditions of Xcaret.