Fall is officially arrived in the Northern Hemisphere, though here on tropical Isla Mujeres that doesn’t have as much significance, temperature-wise, as it does in more temperate latitudes. What is does mean is that the Day of the Dead—Dio de los Muertos—is getting closer.
This Mexican holiday is a special time to visit our paradisal Caribbean island off the Yucatan coast, and there’s definitely no better home base than our luxury resort of Privilege Aluxes!
Día de los Muertos in Mexico
The Day of the Dead tradition is a beautiful blend of indigenous Aztec/Mesoamerican custom crossed with the Catholic influence brought over by the Spaniards. It focuses on honoring friends and loved ones who’ve passed on: not in a mournful or morbid way, but in a festive and heartfelt spirit celebrating who they were as well as the intrinsic yin-yang relationship between life and death.
Día de los Muertos is closely related to the Christian observance of All Saints’ Day on November 1st, and more broadly to the whole interval of Allhallowtide between October 31st (All Saints’ Eve/All Hallow’s Eve/Halloween) and November 2nd (All Souls’ Day). Day of the Dead celebrations play out across those same three days, a common practice being to specifically commemorate deceased children on November 1st and deceased adults on November 2nd.
Among the hallmarks of Dia de los Muertos celebrations on Isla Mujeres, elsewhere in Mexico, and throughout Latin America and the United States are altars or ofrendas decorated with photographs of the deceased, foods and drinks and objects they enjoyed, marigolds (“Flowers of the Dead”), and the happy skulls (calaveras) and skeletons (calacas) that serve as memento mori.
As with traditional All Saints’ and All Souls’ Day observances, Day of the Dead celebrants often pay visits to cemeteries to spend time at the graves of their dearly departed.
Spend the Day of the Dead Holiday at Privilege Aluxes
Día de los Muertos is a wonderful time to visit Isla Mujeres, which also has its own Halloween celebrations around the same time. It’s an opportunity to experience a part of Mexican culture that’s been going on for millennia in one form or another, and perhaps to reflect upon the losses you’ve personally experienced with a joyous, uplifting, and even communal approach.
We hope you’ll choose Privilege Aluxes for your luxury beachfront accommodations during the Day of the Dead holiday this October and November!
Want to have the most amazing Día De Los Muertos on Isla Mujeres ? We welcome you at Privilege Aluxes