To be honest, any excuse will do. Mexico is a land with a deep love of celebrations, parties and general merriment. In and amongst the many occasions for festivities we have selected three that particularly stand out…
DAY OF THE DEAD
Strictly speaking, this is not a “Mexican” celebration, as a number of countries commemorate the 2nd of November (All Souls Day) in their own way. What is unique however, is the way in which Mexico remembers the dearly departed and makes death into a true celebration, rather than something to be feared. In public areas and homes alike, it is common to see lovingly-made altars in memory of loved ones, complete with photos and samples of their favorite food, not to mention beautiful marigold petals scattered around as adornment. Something you are unlikely to find elsewhere is the sumptuous “Bread of the Dead”, which can be picked up at any bakery or supermarket from September onwards, with its orange undertones and generous covering of sugar. Perhaps you haven’t got time to see the traditions deep in the heart of Mexico, but during your stay in Quintana Roo you can always make the most of the Festival of Life and Death Traditions at Xcaret.
MEXICAN INDEPENDENCE DAY
Celebrated on the eve of the 15th September and followed by a national holiday on the 16th, this is one of the favorite reasons to party in Mexico. Fiercely proud of their roots and traditions, the main event is the cry of “Viva Mexico” (repeated three times), made by the President from the balcony of the National Palace, in the center of Mexico City, at the stroke of 11pm. This feat is echoed all over the country by the local governor of each and every town and city, from their slightly less impressive town or city hall, and is generally accompanied with a firework display and huge crowds out to enjoy themselves. If you are about for this date, try the most traditional dish of the night, pozole, a traditional stew whose main ingredients are hominy and pork (often exchanged for chicken), along with a number of other garnishes to complete the delicious flavors.
OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE
Most festivals in Mexico are a reason for a big party and plenty of tequila. So, why not get a feel of one of the biggest religious festivals of the year which is celebrated on December 12th. So beloved is this Virgin, that the great majority of workplaces organize a pilgrimage whereby a statue or image of Our Lady of Guadalupe is carried to a local church, followed by a mass and then a celebration, complete with traditional food of that particular region. In the run up to this date, be not surprised therefore, to find yourself in a queue of traffic following one of the many local pilgrimages. For the most devout, the complete pilgrimage is all the way to the “Basilica de Guadalupe in Mexico City.
If you are planning a trip around these dates, why not take some time out celebrate Mexican style!
Don’t forget you can ask your concierge for more information…