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Akumal Photo of the Day – Happy Halloween!

Posted October 31, 2013 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Photos,Riviera Maya Restaurants

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Happy Halloween from your favorite Riviera Maya beach bar, La Buena Vida in Akumal.

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Dia de los Muertos – A Celebration of Life and Death

Posted October 30, 2013 by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya events,Yucatan Activities

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From October 30th to November 2nd, Day of the Dead is a huge celebration throughout Latin countries. It is a time to remember and honor those we loved that have passed on. It is a time to celebrate the lives they lived. In Yucatan, the Maya call this holiday Hanal Pixan meaning "feast for the souls". During these 4 days, the living will build alters, visit cemeteries and prepare foods all in remembrance of their dead friends and family. It is believed that this is the time of the year...

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Yucatan Photo of the Day – Rigoberta Menchú – Maya Hero

Posted by Kay Walten in Yucatan Activities

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Rigoberta Menchú, a Maya civil rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize recipient, was an honored guest at this year's Festival de la Cultura Maya in Merida, Yucatan. She is of the Quiche branch of the Mayan culture. Her fight against military atrocities committed against Maya peasants has made her a hero to all indigenous indians of the Western Hemisphere. Read more about the 2013 Festival de la Cultura Maya.

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Yucatan Vacation Tip – Day of the Dead Parade in Merida

Posted by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture,Mexico Vacation Tips,Yucatan Activities

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Each year on October 31, the dead come alive and walk the streets of Merida, Yucatan. The annual Dia de los Muertos Parade is filled with sights and sounds of the holiday known to the Maya as Hanal Pixan or "feast for the souls". Discover more about the Maya Metropolis of Merida.

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Riviera Maya Photo of the Day – Little Alters – Day of the Dead Tradition

Posted October 29, 2013 by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya Photos

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Dia de los Muertos is the time to honor our loved ones who have passed away, but are not forgotten. Mexicans build small alters in their homes in remembrance. Each family's alter is different, but there are some key components every memorial will feature.  At the centerpiece of the altar is a photo of the person or persons for whom the altar is dedicated. Around them are placed items that represent the personality of the honorees, symbols of things the each person enjoyed while alive or things...

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Riviera Maya Photo of the Day – Sugar Skull Face Painting

Posted October 28, 2013 by Kay Walten in Mexican Art,Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya Photos

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We LOVE sugar skull face painting!  It's easier than you think and you can get as elaborate as your creativity will allow. Check out this 5 minute tutorial to a really cool Dia de los Muertos look.

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Riviera Maya Vacation Tip – Try Mucbipollo, a Maya tradition.

Posted by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexican Culture,Mexico Vacation Tips

mulbipollo-Yuctatecan day of the dead food tradition

Mucbipollo is a traditional Maya dish usually prepared for the Day of the Dead celebrations. It is a chicken or pork tamale pie that is wrapped in banana leaves and baked in an underground oven called a pib. You can find this dish in just about every ecocina (small, local kitchen) beginning the end of October through November 3. Mayan ladies sell it on the roadside too, so be sure to eat your "pibs" if you are enjoying the Dia de los Muertos festivities in Riviera Maya. Discover fabulous...

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Riviera Maya Photo of the Day – Sugar skulls

Posted October 25, 2013 by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya Photos

Mexican sugar-skulls usded for Day of the Dead

Sugar decorations date back to the 17th Century. Mexican villagers had very little money for decorations, but they had lots of sugar with which they began to mold and adorn their churches, alters and gravestones. Sometimes the skulls will have the name of the deceased on the forehead and are decorated with swirls of colorful icing making them more festive than scary. Read about other Day of the Dead traditions.

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Festival of Life and Death at Xcaret

Posted by Kay Walten in Mexican Culture,Mexico Vacation Tips,Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya events

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Each year beginning October 30th and running through November 3rd, Xcaret eco-theme park in Playa del Carmen hosts a Dia de los Muertos Festival that is a first class production. Music, dancing, storytelling, children's workshops, theater, art exhibits, a photo contest, regional food and so much more. This is one of the biggest festivals in Riviera Maya - you won't want to miss it!

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Yucatan Photo of the Day – Cultural Festival is in Full Swing!

Posted October 24, 2013 by Kay Walten in Yucatan Activities

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The International Festival of the Maya Culture in Yucatan is in full swing! Live music is everywhere in Merida...all for FREE! These local musicians in their white guayaberas and black banded fedoras look sharp and sound tight. Book a hotel for next year's Yucatan festival.

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