Be part of the essence of Mexico on one of the most important holidays of the country.
The Festival de Vida y Muerte (Festival of Life and Death Traditions) at Xcaret Park offers concerts, dances, expositions, offerings, theater, interactive workshops, parades, a Catholic mass, and plenty more activities that will treat you to a truly authentic experience of the Day of the Dead, a Mexican holiday named Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
Every year on October 30th and 31st and on November 1st and 2nd, visitors are able to attend this amazing celebration and submerge themselves in this celebration of the Mayan World dedicated to the memory and coexistence with our deceased.
In this 12th edition of the Festival of Life and Death Traditions, the state of Yucatán takes the leading role and will embellish the event by bringing custom and culture to the traditions proudly celebrated on the Yucatán Peninsula.
With the cuisine prepared at Xcaret and offered during the festival, you will be able to savour a wide variety of traditional dishes including Cochinita Pibil, Black Stuffing, and Mucbipollo, as well as many more mouth watering dishes.
The festival will also feature performances from guest artists such as the Yucatan Folkloric Ballet and El Mayab Jaranera Orchestra, Erik Luna as his famed character ‘La Catrina’ and famed choreographer and professional dancer, Juan Manuel Ramos. On November 1st and 2nd, visitors will be treated to a live concert at the Gran Tlachco Theater from multi Grammy Award nominated Mexican singer, composer, and producer, Aleks Syntek.
The Festival of Life and Death Traditions at Xcaret is full of color, music, and tradition and over the past 12 years has not only earned the reputation of being an important event for those visiting Cancun and the Riviera Maya, it consistently ensures the active participation of society, Mayan communities, and artists to incorporate the diversity and cultural richness into the Day of the Dead celebration, by recapturing ethnic, traditional and contemporary practices around this millennial and beautiful Mexican tradition.
Discover more of what you can expect from the Festival of Life and Death Traditions in this short video by Xcaret Park: