Of Corpse You Will Have A Good Time

The Playa Times Riviera Maya's English Newspaper - - Editorial - BY BEATRIZ “BONES” LU­CAS

From the cult-ish to the tra­di­tional, the end of Oc­to­ber and start of Novem­ber is a fes­tive treat for lo­cals and tourists. Here in the Riviera Maya, the Mex­i­can cel­e­bra­tion of the Day of the Dead has joined up with Hal­loween for a three­day death fest.

Hal­loween has be­come an im­por­tant so­cial event for the re­gion, and The “Poltergeist” Playa Times is look­ing for­ward to the spooky sea­son of nightcrawlers made up of the lit­tle devils and their Ad­dams fam­i­lies.

Ev­ery year, hun­dreds of rot­ting crea­tures swarm Quinta Avenida in Playa, mak­ing es­cape nearly im­pos­si­ble as the re­sus­ci­tated res­i­dents and vam­pire vis­i­tors rise from the dead dressed in their fan­ci­est at­tire, ready for the fear­some an­tics of the night.

Get your Jack O’Lanterns ready, for­get brush­ing off the cob­webs, re­lease the black cats, and have bowls of sweets, eyeballs and worms a-plenty at the ready.

But don’t rat­tle your skele­tons too much, you will need them bones to last till Novem­ber 2 for the Hanal Pixán, which is the Day of the Dead for the Maya.

From the beau­ti­ful Ca­tri­nas to the aro­matic marigolds lin­ing up the al­tars, in con­trast to the cult an­tics of Hal­loween, this cel­e­bra­tion is much more spir­i­tual and all about tra­di­tion, food, fam­ily and com­mem­o­rat­ing the de­parted.

Com­bin­ing cen­turies-old tra­di­tions, like mak­ing tacos and not war, is a great hall­mark to the in­ter­na­tional qual­i­ties of the Mex­i­can Caribbean. Ev­ery sugar skull is an op­por­tu­nity to em­brace death, even taunt us with it, as the even­tu­al­ity it is.

Dress in your best La Calav­era Ca­t­rina-in­spired cos­tume and have fun this ghoul­ish sea­son.

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