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Celebrate El Dia De Los Muertos, Cancun-Style

Tribute to the Dead

Celebrate The Day of the Dead–also known as “El Dia de los Muertos”–over a backdrop of turquoise waters and the white-sand beaches of Cancun. This popular destination will be celebrating with the traditional vibrant colors, music and mysticism that come with this elaborate and festive holiday.

Known within the Mayan tradition as “Hanal Pixán,” this pre-Hispanic holiday, that later came to combine Christian rites, brings family and friends together to celebrate and honor loved ones who have passed away. According to the tradition, the holiday is celebrated on November 1st-2nd, in honoring the souls of the dearly departed who roam the earth to enjoy the pleasures they had during their lives.

Throughout Mexico, El Día de los Muertos is one of the most important celebrations, due to all the preparations involved, such as the building of altars that are adorned with palm crosses, candles, drinks, and pictures. Part of the traditions of the Day of the Dead also include praying and singing, along with sweeping the yard and painting the homes to receive the dead with the honor they deserve. Large portions of the “dead’s” favorite foods are made as a tribute to them; along with local dishes that are famous during the holiday, such as Mucbipollo, from the Mayan “Pib” meaning “buried,” is a tamale or corn cake stuffed with chicken, sauce, broth and spices, cooked in a hole in the ground and covered with banana leaves.

If you are looking for something unique, take part in this mystical and fantastical holiday celebration within Cancun.