What exactly is the #DayoftheDead? The Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday that might seem a little creepy at first…skulls, graveyards, but it’s actually a beautiful holiday celebrating loved ones who have passed on. An altar is set up in the home and normally includes decorated incense, pan de muertos (or dead bread as we foreigners like to call it), calaveras (colorful sugar skulls), candles, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the deceased. Altars also include photos and belongings of the dead and even things like cigarettes and liquor. These gifts are then taken to the cemetery, which is also decorated. November 1 is the day to honor infants and children and November 2 is dedicated to adults. The origins of el Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead) can be traced back hundreds of years to an Aztec Festival.
Hanal Pixan, the Mayan Version
This is the state of Yucatan’s (the state right next to the state of Quintana Roo where Playa del Carmen is located) Mayan version of the Day of the Dead. Traditional Yucatecan dishes are prepared for the souls of the deceased who are believed to return on this day. One of the most popular dishes is mucbi pollo, which is something like a chicken tamale that is buried and cooked underground for hours…delicious! Mayan families also decorate their loved ones graves and create altars in their homes. In this case food plays a bigger role on the altar in preparation for this October 31- November 2 when souls receive permission to visit their family members.
Halloween in Playa del Carmen
This U.S. Holiday has been gaining popularity in Playa del Carmen in the last few years. Costumes are sold in stores like Walmart. Many schools and daycare centers hold parties or festivals that combine the Day of the Dead and Halloween and in many neighborhoods children now go trick-or-treating.
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A little over five years Clive Owen said he would like to know Cancun, a place that had been discussed a lot during the filming of “Children of Men” by Alfonso Cuarón.
Now, the British actor is a few days short of his dream, to be special guests of theRiviera Maya Film Festival, in its first edition. Owen attend a red carpet and give a press conference, as well as projecting the film “Intruders”.
Quintana Roo will also be host the actress Najwa Nimri(“Lovers of the Arctic Circle”), the director Mary Harron (“American Psycho”) and cult filmmaker, Jhonnie To.
“The film festival is intended to be an inclusive, open door, to all types of films”, said Paula Chaurand, director of the event.
“Clive is excited to be here,” Drury said.
The Riviera Maya Film Festival will take place from Tuesday March 20 to Sunday March 25, occupying five cities in the area: Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Tulum, Cozumel andHolbox. The festival will consist of over 70 national and international titles.
Ethan Hawke was on hand to help kick off the Riviera Maya Film Festival at XCaret last night, and had this to say about indie film and spring breakers.
Pictured at left with the festival’s director Paula Chaurand, the festival began March 20 with Hawke and ends with a presentation of “Intruders” on March 25, for which actor Clive Owen will be in attendance. Between the handsome bookends, the fest will present about 80 films up and down the Riviera Maya, at venues in Playa Del Carmen, Tulum, Cozumel and Cancun