As we gear up for Halloween next week with costumes and candy, families heading to Mexico are invited to celebrate Day of the Dead at Velas Resorts.
About Day of the Dead
El Día de los Muertos (aka Day of the Dead) is a festival born from Aztec and Mayan cultures that focuses on remembering friends and family members who have died.
Starting on October 31, private altars are built to invite the angelitos (spirits of dead children) to come for a visit.
November 1 is when adults spirits are honoured and remembered and November 2 is when families go to the cemetary to decorate graves of their relatives.
Marigolds (flowers of the dead), pan de muerto (bread of the dead), candles, paper decorations and sugar skulls are used to connect with spirits and share positive memories of the dead.
Day of the Dead Celebrations at Velas Resorts
Velas Resorts are inviting travellers to join their Day of the Dead celebrations with unique packages that immerse them in the culture of the holiday.
Guests can choose between spending their Day of the Dead at Las Caletas, and exclusive tropical beach hideaway or getting adventurous and zip lining through the treetops on the resort’s canopy tour.
Guests are treated to a trip to nearby Xcaret Park to tour their traditional Mexican cemetery and experience the Festival of Life and Death. Breathe in the scent of the copal incense burning on the altars, and savour the tastes of the feast for the souls (Hanal Pixán). Also included is the choice between a buffet dinner and discounts on water activities at the park or admission to the spectacular Día de los Muertos Night Show, a collection of folkloric performances.
Guests will enjoy the Rhythms of the Night Show, racing the sunset to the island before following a torch lit path to dinner through re-enactments of ancient rituals. The main event on the Pyramid stage – a combination of drums, hypnotizing dance and thrilling stories of past civilizations – unfolds before you as you dine at your private beachside table.