Viceroy Zihuatanejo will celebrate The Day of the Dead with a program of art, dancing and food to remember and honor our ancestors. El Día de los Muertos is a celebration in Mexico, not a time of sadness. The Day of the Dead is a colorful and exuberantly festive national holiday when the Mexican people remember and celebrate the lives of their passed family members. The roots of the holiday go back millennia. The Spanish tried to eradicate it but it was more powerful than the conquistadors. And this chic resort on the Pacific is continuing the tradition by partnering with a local art gallery, GALART, to offer a special The Day of the Dead Program Oct. 31-Nov. 2, 2015.
The hauntingly exciting agenda will include:
- Artists creating a The Day of the Dead sand sculpture.
- Art exhibits and cocktail receptions with internationally known Mexican artist José Antonio Madrazo whose ‘New Age’ folk art, found in major museums and private collections worldwide, incorporates traditional elements of Mexican culture including The Day of the Dead motifs.
- Dinner Buffet at La Villa Restaurant with a Pre-Hispanic Dance performance and live music and dancing.
- The Day of the Dead dinner at oceanfront La Marea restaurant.
- ‘Danza Butoh’ contemporary dance performance.
- Live guitar music.
- Traditional The Day of the Dead altar with photos, skulls and other themed elements.
- Homemade ‘pan de muerto,’ a traditional bread served during the holiday period, included as part of the complimentary morning in-room coffee service.
- Mixologists at the bars preparing a variety of “bloody” cocktails.
On the Day of the Dead, celebrated annually on November 1 in Mexico, loved ones are said to come back to visit their family and they are welcomed and honored in numerous ways – from creating altars for them adorned with candles and photos, eating sugar skulls inscribed with the names of family members and making colorful works of art, to decorating gravesites with flowers and candles and picnicking at the cemetery on the loved ones’ favorite foods.