Of Corpse You Will Have A Good Time
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.