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Day of the Dead in Cancun: Xcaret Festival of Life and Death Traditions, Market 23 and Daycare


I love el Día de Muertos, or the Day of the Dead more every year. What once seemed like a kind of creepy holiday has become something I look forward to.

This year I had to make a trip to Market 23 in downtown Cancun to buy Bebé’s costume. While I was there I took some pictures of the cheerful Day of the Dead candy, flowers and adornments.


Dia de Muertos Cancun


Market 23 Cancun Dia de Muertos


Day of the Dead Cancun


Day of the Dead traditions


Day of the Dead and Halloween


Day of the Dead Cancun


marigolds Day of the Dead


The Day of the Dead and Halloween are becoming very intertwined in Cancun, which is nice for us gringos! Bebé needed a costume for his party at daycare and they even built their own altar. November 1 is the day to remember children who have passed on and November 2 is the day to pay tribute to adults.


3 year old Halloween costume


Day of the Dead Cancun


This year Bebé and I once again had the opportunity to attend the Xcaret Festival of Life and Death Traditions. It is a beautiful event featuring traditional Mexican Dia de Muertos shows, art and food, with an emphasis on the Mayan version of the holiday, Hanal Pixan. We saw an amazing theater production. Bebé loved it! I was flabbergasted when he watched the entire thing…it was almost 90 minutes long!


Xcaret Day of the Dead


Xcaret Dia de Muertos


(Don’t worry that is not an actual dead person.)


Xcaret Day of the Dead Festival


Xcaret Dia de Muertos festival


Xcaret events


Xcaret Cancun


Next year I might even build a Dia de Muertos altar, and Bebé and I will definitely paint our faces at Xcaret!


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