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.
Yoga by the Way 5th Anniversay – featured at LetsGoPDC
Yoga by the Way is celebrating On August 31, 2013! Come and join us and spend some time together with your fellow Yogi´s and friends on this special day! We like to invite you and thank you that through you and your love Yoga by the Way is happening and that we are able to spread the Magic! http://ow.ly/i/2ZfTThttp://ow.ly/ojjf1
Riviera Maya Jazz Festival 2013 – featured at LetsGoPDC
The Riviera Maya Jazz Festival 2013 will be November 28, 29, and 30th. Free for all to attend! Don’t miss it! http://ow.ly/oaWST If you need accommodations, let us help you find your ideal vacation rental. http://ow.ly/i/2WQE0
Golf For Everyone at Mayacoba PGA – featured at LetsGoPDC
Golf PARa Todos/Golf FORE Everyone – August 18
Golf PARa Todos is a free program that aims to teach people about the game of golf. The next program will be held this Sunday, August 18th at the El Cameleón Golf Club at Mayakoba from 2-4pm. There will be golf lessons, raffles, games, snacks and more.
Default Sand Sculpture Expo – July 14 – August 15
There will be a new display of sand sculptures at Playa Piñatas from July 14th through August 15th. Playa Piñatas (Pinatas Beach) is located across from Parque Fundadores on the south end of Playa. http://ow.ly/i/2MLK8
Soccer Tournament June 21-23 featured at LetsGoPDC
The 8th Annual Beach Futbol/Soccer Mundialito (Little World Cup) Tournament will be held at Mamita’s Beach Club June 21-23. Local teams of different nationalities will duke it out for the championship. I’ll post more details as they become available.
estival-Food Music Lectures and More – June 14-15, 2013 – featured at LetsGoPDC
In celebration of World Environment Day, the Unete al Latido (Join the Heartbeat) Environmental Festival will be held at La Ceiba Park June 14-15. The goal is to turn awareness into action through informal environmental education. This will include educational workshops, music, theatre, photo exhibitions, lectures, performances and movie screenings.