THE BAJA POST
This year, Mexico’s Velas Resorts is helping travelers at home host their own Día de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebration by offering a lineup of festive at-home activities. The award-winning resort collection, with properties in Los Cabos, Riviera Maya, Riviera Nayarit, and Puerto Vallarta, shares history behind Mexican arts, free virtual Zoom backgrounds, recipes for traditional Mexican dishes with seasonal ingredients, and more.
Celebrated all across Mexico, the Day of the Death (Nov 1 and 2) is a Mexican holiday created to honor and remember deceased loved ones. Traditionally, people will celebrate by preparing food and drinks and decorate ofrendas, or elaborate altars, created upon loved one’s gravesites in hopes to be reunited with them again.
Alebrijes, Mexican Spirit Animals:
Travelers at home can learn about traditional Mexican crafts such as Alebrijes, or Mexican folk art sculptures. Typically made of cardboard, wood, or clay, these mystical figurines with deep-rooted history have inspired creativity from around the world, including in modern cinema. In fact, alebrijes were recently depicted as “spirit animals” in the Disney movie, Coco. Additionally, kids visiting Grand Velas Los Cabos, Grand Velas Riviera Maya, and Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit can create their own Alebrije with the resorts’ exclusive Alebrijes painting class in its Kids’ Club. More information about their history and cultural significance can be found here.
Jazz up a virtual work meeting or friendly video happy hour with a new Día de Los Muertos Zoom background. ‘Scapes range from Catrina makeup inspiration to a colorfully decorated ofrenda.
Traditional Food Recipes:
Foodies can get a taste of traditional Día de Los Muertos dishes as well as seasonal Mexican recipes thanks to Grand Velas Riviera Maya. The resort shares recipes for Cempasúchil Tea (Dead Tea) and its signature Energy Bites made with a special ingredient: pumpkin pie spice here as well as Oaxaca-style Pan de Muertos (Bread of the Death)