Today, traveling to enjoy the famous pan de muerto and the activities of this celebration of death has become a family activity. For example, to deepen the connection with seasonal flavors, visiting Live Aqua in San Miguel de Allende would result in an experience where tasting the region's endemic ingredients takes on a special meaning while enjoying a nine-course pairing dinner prepared by Executive Chef Ernesto Narváez and Corporate Chef Gerardo Rivera, accompanied by Jose Cuervo Reserva de la Familia tequila.
The Best Mexican destinations to celebrate Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead)
The mischievous way of celebrating death comes to life in various regions of the country where we celebrate this ancient tradition with pan de muerto, seasonal drinks, festivals, and offerings. Although many of us have seen some expression of this holiday, few know that it originates from rituals of pre-Hispanic Mexican cultures such as the Mexicas, Mixtecs, Mayans, and Zapotecs. During the Spanish conquest, Catholic elements were also incorporated, resulting in the festivities we celebrate today. The rich diversity of ethnic groups in the country, along with the fusion of modern interpretations, allows us to enjoy colorful altars, playful poems called "calaveritas," rituals, and a variety of dishes inspired by the flavors of the offerings.
Día de muertos experiences take place from late October to early November, with the nights of November 1st and 2nd being the moments when the deceased return as honored guests. Our loved ones return to enjoy the offerings we place on the altars, and it is said that the larger the offering, the more eagerly they return in the following years. Offerings consist of what the loved one enjoyed the most and are usually accompanied by candles and marigold petals to guide their way to this side.
In Mexico City and Monterrey, Live Aqua hotels offer a Día de muertos themed Sunday brunch on October 29th, featuring pan de muerto with the perfect touch of orange and hot beverages to complement the delicate autumn flavors on the menu.
If you're looking for a more sophisticated Catrina-themed party, the best option would be the Grand Fiesta Americana Oaxaca, where a five-course dinner with mezcal pairings will be illuminated with video mapping on the hotel's facade. The night doesn't end there; dinner guests will continue their experience at an after party with a live DJ at the acclaimed Agave Lounge.
The Mexican Caribbean will be the perfect setting for a festival-style Día de muertos celebration. Live Aqua Cancún will host a Catrina parade at noon where guests can witness a unique interpretation of a Día de muertos parade with live music, face painting for children, a butterfly wing station, and even clay calaveritas to paint. In the evening, there will be a buffet-style dinner commemorating the Día de muertos with more surprises and entertainment for the whole family. Coral Beach Cancún, on the other hand, will celebrate every Monday with a demonstration of the Mayan Hanal Pixan festival. On November 1st and 2nd, there will be music and artists painting Catrinas and Catrines on guests who decide to be part of the celebratory dinner, which will include traditional Mexican dishes, and perhaps even a loved one from the other side will come to enjoy the unforgettable gastronomic experience of this property.
From northern Mexico to the vibrant Caribbean, the tradition of the Día de muertos will be a spectacle we invite you to celebrate with us. Don't miss the opportunity to share with your loved ones from this world and the beyond all the activities we have prepared for you.
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