The Day of the Dead is a Mexican tradition that has been celebrated for many years throughout the Central and Southern regions of Mexico. Family and friends gather to pray for and remember those who have passed away and it is believed that the spirits of the dead visit the living during the celebration.
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It’s also a tradition to create an altar (ofrenda) for the dead. Bright colored Marigolds are placed on the altar and their petals are used to guide the spirits to the altar. They’re also used to decorate gravesites.
Spirits may be hungry from their long journey back to the living world and part of the celebration is to include traditional foods. So at Le Blanc in Los Cabos they have created a five-course menu that includes a marigold salad, corn tamales, the catch of the day with rice and plantain Nicuatole (a corn-based drink made in Oaxaca), steak with cacao sauce, and the final course may be the best of all with a chocolate coffin, dulce de leche, tequila and guava.
Since there are lots of different traditions for Day of the Dead, the northern state of Guerrero is known for its mole verde served with tamales filled with marigold petals. Ancient Mayans buried their deceased with maize placed in their mouths, it was known as food for the journey into the otherworld.
In Cancun, Le Blanc’s event is on Nov. 2nd and will be in Blanc Luna. You can kick off the party with a welcome cocktail and then after dinner enjoy a presentation about the history of the altar where pictures of family members and friends are displayed.
By the way, Day of the Dead has nothing to do with Halloween even though it’s celebrated around the same time. And, Mexico’s Dia de los Muertos is on UNESCO’s list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
Don’t forget to use some of your $1500 in Resort Credits for maybe visiting past life remains at archaeological sites or a much needed and life-renewing spa treatment.
Have you been to a Day of the Dead celebration? Let us know in the comments.