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2015 Xcaret Day of the Dead Festival


The day after Bebé’s blow-out Michael Jackson birthday party we were both really tired, but missing Xcaret’s Festival de Tradiciones de Vida y Muerte, which celebrates the Mexican holiday Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead) was simply not an option. We look forward to it every year.

This year I decided to paint my face at home instead of using the face paint they have available at the park, so I bought some face paint and some crayon-type things.

I imagined it would (or wanted it to) look like this… #expectation


It ended-up looking like this… #reality

how to dress for day of the dead

But well, at least I looked scary… and dead!

I knew Bebé would fall asleep in the car so I decided to paint his face when we got to the park.

There is always a beautiful Catrina greeting festival-goers at the entrance. I don’t think she did her own make-up.

Xcaret Park Festival de Tradiciones de Vida y Muerte

Bebé wanted to wear his Michael Jackson jacket to the festival.

Bebé agreed to take a selfie with Mom. This doesn’t happen as often as it used to. I really love this picture of us.


We had never done this before, but this year we lit a candle for my Grandma Arloa, who passed away about a year and a half ago. This is actually what Day of the Dead is all about, remembering loved ones who have passed on.

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Then we headed to a performance in the Mayan village.

Xcaret Mayan performance

Xcaret Mayan village

Afterwards we strolled through the cemetery and the area where the altars were set up.


Xcaret Festival Vida y Muerte

Xcaret cemetery

catrina Xcaret

Day of the Dead altarHow awesome does this girl look?

Xcaret Dia de Muertos Festival

Had to take a photo of these beautiful señoras in traditional Yucatecan dress.

traditional Yucatecan dress huipil

My camera does not take good pictures of the performances, but as usual, they were professional, heartwarming and entertaining.

It should be noted that all of the performances at the Xcaret Festival de Tradiciones de Vida y Muerte are in Spanish.

Oh, and we got the shot for next year’s official poster…

Dia de Muertos Cancun

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