What exactly is the #DayoftheDead?

#DayOfDead #PlayadelCarmen

#DayOfDead #PlayadelCarmen

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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Check out Mexico’s #DayoftheDead at #Xcaret – Featured at LetsGoPDC

Day of Dead Featured at LetsGoPDC

Day of Dead Featured at LetsGoPDC

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

SANARTE: ANTHROPOSOPHIC Art Therapy – In Playa del Carmen – featured at LetsGoPDC

Art Workshop Playa del Carmen featured at LetsGoPDC

Art Workshop Playa del Carmen featured at LetsGoPDC

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!
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Rotary Club of Playa de Carmen – Charity Gold Tournament -October 26, 2013 – featured at LetsGoPDC

Rotary Club Golf Tournament featured at LetsGoPDC

Rotary Club Golf Tournament featured at LetsGoPDC

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

BMP Festival 2014 Featured at www.LetsGoPDC.com

BMP Festival 2014 Featured at www.LetsGoPDC.com

BMP Festival 2014 Featured at http://www.LetsGoPDC.com

BMP Festival Dates will be Jan 3- 12, 2014! Book your Playa del Carmen accommodations now! http://ow.ly/o4gJy http://ow.ly/o4gKI http://ow.ly/i/2V4oe

The Playa Times, an English Language Newspaper…Coming Oct 2nd! Featured at LetsGoPDC

The Playa Times Featured at LetsGoPDC

The Playa Times Featured at LetsGoPDC

The Playa Times is an English language, community newspaper in Playa del Carmen, Mexico aimed at providing useful and interesting information to the English speaking community in the Riviera Maya and the many English speaking guests that visit the area. Coming Oct 2nd… http://ow.ly/i/2R3Aj http://ow.ly/nQnnO

Super_Moon_is_Coming_June_23 featured at LetsGoPDC.com

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No matter where you are….be sure to check out the Super Moon Tonight! http://ow.ly/i/2qpLA

estival-Food Music Lectures and More – June 14-15, 2013 – featured at LetsGoPDC

estival-Food Music Lectures and More - June 14-15, 2013 - featured at LetsGoPDC

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.

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Caminarte – Art Fair Every Thursday on 5th Ave – featured at LetsGoPDC

Caminarte - Art Fair Every Thursday on 5th Ave - featured at LetsGoPDC

Caminarte – Art Fair Every Thursday on 5th Ave – featured at LetsGoPDC

On Thursday evenings from 6-11pm, you can enjoy the Caminarte street art fair on 5th Avenue between Calle 24 & 34. http://ow.ly/i/2jkR8

Organic Market – Friday 8am – 10pm – featured at LetsGoPDC

Organic Market - Friday 8am - 10pm - featured at LetsGoPDC

Organic Market – Friday 8am – 10pm – featured at LetsGoPDC

Every Friday Gourmet Eco-Market

Grab your reusable shopping bag and head over to Calle 26 between 10and 20th avenue for organic shopping!

Sacred Mayan Journey May 23-25, 2013 – featured at LetsGoPDC

The Sacred Mayan Journey is few days away! Join us for “The Great Beginning” on May 23-25, 2013 featured at LetsGoPDC.com
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acred Mayan Journey - May 23-25, 2013 - Featured at LetsGoPDC

acred Mayan Journey – May 23-25, 2013 – Featured at LetsGoPDC

Casino Night to Benefit Dogs at Arco Shelter -April 18th at 8:00 pm! featured at LetsGoPDC

Casino Night to Benefit Dogs at Arco Shelter -April 18th at 8:00 pm! featured at LetsGoPDC

Casino Night to Benefit Dogs at Arco Shelter -April 18th at 8:00 pm! featured at LetsGoPDC

Casino Night to Benefit Dogs at Arco Shelter -April 18th at 8:00 pm!
Enjoy casino games, live music, photo exposition, raffles and surprises. Entry is $200 pesos at Hotel Aventura Mexican!https://www.facebook.com/events/602515823111313/
Please confirm at info@soselarca.or.

BPM festival presents Primavera 2013 in Playa del Carmen – March 28-31 featured at LetsGoPDC.com

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BPM festival presents Primavera 2013 in Playa del Carmen – March 28-31 featured at LetsGoPDC.com

 

The BPM Festival presents PRIMAVERA 2013 – Music Events in Playa del Carmen March 28-31 for the schedule of events see more here: http://www.thebpmfestival.com/primavera-events-2013/