From October 30 to November 2, celebrate the returning journey of the souls who have already departed.
The Festival de Vida y Muerte 2018 (Festival of Life and Death Traditions 2018) 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 event and be part of the essence of Mexico in this celebration of the Mayan World dedicated to the memory and coexistence with our deceased.
The 13th edition of the Festival of Life and Death Traditions will have Zacatecas as a special guest, and visitors can be part of the customs of this great northern state.
Cuisine is a cornerstone in the Day of the Dead celebration. The culinary demonstration at Xcaret’s Festival of Life and Death Traditions 2018 involves traditional dishes from the invited state of Zacatecas. Get ready to sample gorditas (a stuffed thick corn tortilla), the Fresnillo enchiladas, brujitas from Sombrerete, condoches, tacos envenenados, or the traditional Asado de Boda, among others.
For the first time, the Festival of Life and Death Traditions 2018 will have three gala concerts at the Gran Tlachco Theater. On October 31 Eugenia León, a renowned artist with a great passion for singing, will perform a different-genre setlist. On November 1, a one of a kind concert will take place with Ely Guerra and Eugenia León onstage. Finally, on November 2, Ely Guerra will perform in an intimate piano and voice concert paying tribute to the talent of several Mexican composers.
The Festival of Life and Death Traditions at Xcaret is full of colour, music, and tradition and over the past 13 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 2018 in this short video by Xcaret Park: