Good news! We have a new organic market option in Playa del Carmen! The Coco Beach Market will take place every Friday 9am-11am in a commercial space at Les Alizes Condominiums. I’m looking forward to seeing what they offer! Share this with all your foodie friends! — http://ow.ly/i/3FGn5
Happy Halloween from Playa del Carmen! http://ow.ly/i/3uvX0
#EarthWindandFire are scheduled to preform at the #RivieraMayaJazzFestival on November 30th! Free for all! http://ow.ly/i/3uw3F
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.
#RotaryClubPlayadelCarmen Seaside will host their first annual Charity Golf Tournament at the #GrandCoralGolfCourse. The tournament will be done ‘Texas Scramble’ style with a Gala Prize ceremony and luncheon following. Individuals and local businesses are encouraged to support this charitable event by becoming food and beverage sponsors, hole sponsors, providing prizes for the longest putt, longest drive and closest to the pin contests.
Did you know that Mexico’s #DayoftheDead celebration is an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO? Check out the celebration at #Xcaret. http://ow.ly/i/3upRz
#Rooftop Terrace Condo – Still Available for the Holiday and #theBPMFestival – featured at #LetsGoPDC http://ow.ly/pjVaN
SANARTE: ANTHROPOSOPHIC ART THERAPY WORKSHOP IN PLAYA DEL CARMEN
Learn all about anthroposophic art therapy right here in Playa del Carmen with Sanarte!
Sanarte Playa del Carmen anthroposophic art therapy
During the months of September and October, Maya Moussa will be giving a 3-weekend workshop on anthroposophic art therapy. This fascinating technique uses the transformational powers of music, speech, movement, color and shape found within human beings to open up new possibilities and create a healing process. Experiment with different artistic methods during this eye-opening workshop, where your own body, mind and spirit come into play during an interactive art therapy session.
Block 1 (September 28 – 29): Intro to anthroposophic art therapy. Salutogenesis, concentration and expansion as organic forces and their dynamic in the therapeutic process. Artistic exercises with clay, watercolor and drawing.
Block 2 (October 5 – 6): Elements and temperaments. Building blocks for therapeutic art. The four-part organism. Therapeutic exercises with clay, watercolor and drawing.
Block 3 (October 12 – 13) The 7 techniques of therapeutic drawing. Its relation with planetary dynamics and the human organism. Art therapy exercises with pencil, charcoal and pastels.
Each class of the Sanarte workshop will be held at Ak Lu’um International School: A Waldorf Initiative, from 8am to 3pm, and from 5pm to 7pm. The cost for the class is $4,000 pesos.
Spend the next few weekends learning a new skill and getting in touch with your artistic talents!
On October 26, 2013, Rotary Club of Playa del Carmen Seaside will host their first annual Charity Golf Tournament, The Rotary Seaside Golf Classic, at the Grand Coral Golf Course. The tournament, beginning at 8:00am, will be a “Texas Scramble” with a Gala Prize ceremony and luncheon following. Proceeds from the event will benefit Seaside Rotary Chapter ongoing programs and initiatives.
In its short existence, “Seaside” has partnered with and supported KKiS – Keeping Kids in School,Casa Yoliguani, a facility for young unwed mothers and mothers-to-be, and Christmas Dreams, an organization that provides Christmas gifts for children who would otherwise do without. The club has also worked together with the local Municipal government to spruce up a local park and recreation space. “While our countries of origin may differ, our common bond is a desire to “give back” to the community we’ve chosen to call home.” explained Seaside Rotary Club President Doug Morgan “The Rotary Club of Playa del Carmen Seaside is all about helping kids. The proceeds from this event will help us to improve the lives of many local children.”
The tournament organizing committee is making available a variety of sponsorship opportunities. Individuals and local businesses are encouraged to support this charitable event with monetary donations and by providing prizes for the longest putt, longest drive, straightest drive and closest to the pin contests. Sponsors will receive maximum publicity throughout the Riviera Maya in print publications, social media and of course at the tournament. This is sure to be an exciting event with excellent attendance providing excellent exposure for participating businesses.
For further information and to register as a player, visit the event website http://www.seasiderotarygolfclassic.com. http://ow.ly/i/3ckRy
Bicycle Expo Rally – September 21
The first Bicycle Expo Rally will take place in Playa on Saturday, September 21st at the 28 de Julio Plaza. The event hopes to promote bike friendliness in Playa with a bike competition, workshops, music, dancing, raffle, prizes and more. The bicycle competition will consists of a race with various activities along the route. Prizes will be awarded to the first 3 finishers of the bike race and to the best decorated bike. Registration for the race will begin at 8am on race day. The race begins at 9am.
Viva Music & Culture Fest – September 14
Ska band Panteon Rococo and reggae band Antidoping will headline the Viva music fest on September 14th at Punta Venado Ecopark. Local bands Efecto Dopamina, Fuerza Kanguro, Corpusklan Reggae Mexicano and Skuadron 16 will also perform. Presale tickets are available at ADO bus stations in Quintana Roo, Merida and Campeche for 300 pesos. VIP tickets for 400 pesos give you a reserved area near the stage and VIP only bathrooms. Tickets may also be purchased online via Paypal.
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