Another successful celebration of The Day of the Dead and Hanal Pixan has taken place from October 30th to November 2nd in Xcaret Eco-Park. Colorful as it is, The Festival of Life and Death has honored the souls of those we’ve loved, along with excellent cultural events, traditional music, amazing performances and delightful regional meals from Yucatán like the Mucbipollo which is a type of REALLY big tamal, stuffed with chicken, wrapped with banana leaf and cooked underground.

Life and death festival in xcaret

On the 11th edition of the festival by Xcaret Park, you can experience why this special event has been named Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO.

With every step you take through the park and every activity you visit, one can admire and celebrate the symbolic moment where life becomes death in Mexico’s culture. Traditions from Yucatán and Puebla are gathered to enrich the event by presenting its altars and a series of customs that characterize the region.

This four days’ journey takes you through folkloric ballet, pre-hispanic dance and expression, puppet shows, marimba, and, of course, world-known Lila Downs.

As you explore every corner, you’ll find more than 60 altars, with and without food stands that provide a truly delightful gastronomic experience from Quintana Roo, Puebla and Yucatán, plus a couple of interactive workshops where you can have some fun!

This year, Puebla was the special guest, meaning that besides having a series of culinary demonstrations, traditional altars and expositions showcasing how they honored their loved ones and live the Day of the Dead, you could also enjoy a variety of dances and stories that symbolized death and other themes.

Life and death festival in xcaret

In case you missed this year’s edition of The Festival of Life and Deaht by Xcaret Eco-Park, you can always be part of it next year and enjoy 26 years of celebrating life with Xcaret in Playa del Carmen!

For more information about other fun activities to do in the Riviera Maya and Playa del Carmen, check out our website and get in touch with our Concierge Department.