Mexico’s Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, dates back thousands of years, offering a day of festivities that celebrate loved ones who have passed on to the next life, and temporarily welcoming them back to Earth. Día de los Muertos is traditionally celebrated over November 1 and 2 to coincide with All Saints Day and All Souls Day, and is typically spent with family and friends, filled with colorful costumes, lots of lively music and, of course, loads of food. If you’re lucky enough to be in Mexico for the holiday, consider any of these five great places to celebrate Día de los Muertos.
The Xcaret “eco-archaeological” park invites Día de los Muertos revelers to participate in its Festival of Life and Death Traditions, held October 30 through November 2. Over the days of celebration, festival goers will experience the Hanal Pixan ritual, or Food for the Souls, through regional cuisine, as well as theater, dance and visual arts exhibits, crafts, workshops and gala concerts. Between events, be sure to check out the park’s trails that showcase the Mayan jungle and culture of Mexico through 50+ attractions.
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