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The Day of the Dead we celebrate at the Palace Resort in Mexico

Day of the Dead Celebration, The Real Walking Dead
In Mexico, the ever-evolving concept of death

In Mexico, the ever-evolving concept of death dates back to the time before the first Spanish explorers even set foot on Cozumel. The transition from human sacrifices to setting up celebratory feasts for the departed has even incorporated elements of Halloween to its lore, in order to become the Día de Muertos that we enjoy nowadays.

The true Mexican tradition of the day of the dead is celebrated at the all-inclusive resort, Palace Resort

Halloween to the Mexican-Style, Day of the Dead


A quick reminder: The Days of the Dead are actually three in Mexico. First is All Hallow’s Eve (Oct. 31), which will be familiar to Americans everywhere since Mexico has embraced their tradition of setting up Halloween costume parties and scary attractions to bring out the mirth among los muertos.


While you won’t find many kids trick-or-treating on the date, you’ll notice children asking for their calaverita or candy and spare change (the latter is preferred).Even if trick-or-treating isn’t big in Mexico, kids staying at The Grand at Moon Palace Cancun can indulge their sweet tooth with Halloween-themed treats in The Playroom, which will also be visited by a variety of Halloween characters leading up to Oct. 31. On the night itself, there will be a big Halloween horror show at the resort’s expansive theater. 


Children and adults should feel free to dress up at Moon Palace Cancun when they hit the Casa del Terror at the Galactic Ballroom for some Halloween fun tinged with a bit of Mexican-Caribbean flavor, from Oct. 26-31.  


At Sun Palace, there will be a traditional Halloween Party on Oct. 31 in the lobby bar at 9 p.m., followed by a more adult-centric DJ Horror Party from 10 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.

All Saint’s Day, The Dead Get Their Due


The next holiday is Día de los Inocentes, not to be confused with December’s Día de los Santos Inocentes, which serves as Mexico’s answer to “April Fools Day.” Instead, Nov. 1 is All Saint’s Day, and it’s when Mexican families finish setting up their altares de muertos (altars to the dead). A typical altar consists of a table decorated with the departed’s picture on the mantle, surrounded by his or her favorite food and drink.


Many places hold contests that reward the most original altares, which only reinforces the festive air around this folkloric holiday. Cozumel Palace will hold one of these contests, so make sure to drop by and sample some of the unique seasonal tastes, with Pan de Muerto as the most familiar offering: It’s similar to a sweet roll covered in granulated sugar, and decorated with bread “bones” that is often paired with traditional hot chocolate.


The night’s celebrations move from homes and restaurants to a fitting place: the local cemetery. Yup, Mexico truly moves the party to the place where their muertitos (the endearing term given to the departed) lie, in a loving act of remembrance filled with song, drink, and the reassurance of peace in the afterlife.


Dead Men Rising


The vigil takes us into the third day of celebration, the actual Día de Muertos (Nov. 2). You may also notice costumed people making the rounds, but they mostly dress up as calaveras and catrinas, the traditional depiction of death popularized by the revered artist and engraver José Guadalupe Posada in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. While these three days are the official dates, Mexico revs up for the Days of the Dead from early October onwards, so keep an eye open for all sorts of events related to the season at all Palace Resorts. Walk among the decorated tombstones, breathe in the sweet smell of cempasúchil (Mexican marigold, the flower of the dead), and make a toast for those who have already left us. They’ll be smiling upon you, amigo.


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  • BJRD

    Wilmington, North Carolina

    Excellent entertainment staff

    We spent a week at Beach Palace, Cancun with our family. The entertainment staff kept us busy and entertained all week. Pool volleyball, Zumba and yoga. Trivia games every day and lots of nightly entertainment. Fun for kids and adults.

  • Tahira R

    Bradford, United Kingdom

    Fantastic Hotel

    It’s the first time we have visited Cancun and stayed at the Sun Palace Hotel, we will definitely be going back again. I couldn’t have asked for a better hotel. It was just truly amazing. The food was great. The hotel staff were so polite and friendly.

  • Art H

    Bluffton, South Carolina

    Moon Palace All Inclusive

    Wow! What a week this Is truly a five star resort. If I heard it from one, I heard it from all servers, "Its my pleasure to serve you". The resort's rooms were upscale and the food and food service was five star. We will definitely go back next year.

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    Altinkum, Turkey

    Wow! What a hotel

    Amazing, staff are wonderful and the beds are so so comfortable, I'm trying to find out what the mattress is so I buy one! I will definitely be back! Oh and try the Bob Marley cocktails (yeah man).

  • Harry S

    Lee's Summit, Missouri

    Amazing Resort!

    I have stayed at many very nice hotels, but the Le Blanc Spa Resort is my new favorite. This hotel is indeed worthy of their Five Diamond rating! The overall service at the Le Blanc is EXTRAORDINARY! From the pool servers to the butlers, we never waited for anything!