Great Day of the Dead Dish Suggestions for Riviera Maya Adults All Inclusive Vacations

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Enjoying Mexican fare during Riviera Maya adults all inclusive Day of the Dead vacations.

Enjoying Mexican fare during Riviera Maya adults all inclusive Day of the Dead vacations.

When you visit a Riviera Maya adults all inclusive, you’ll find that the Day of the Dead is a very important holiday for Mexico because it is a chance to celebrate the dearly departed by setting up an altar with their favorite food and drink, as well as visiting their resting places to take them their favorite dishes as well. There are several places where the celebration is particularly popular like in Patzcuaro, Guanajuato or in Mixquic, on the outskirts of Mexico City.

November 1 is All Saints’ Day whereas November 2 is All Souls’ Day.  Both are celebrated all over the country and there is a lot of traffic to the cemeteries because as the joke goes, “people are dying to get in.” On these two days, graves are decorated by family members or close friends, normally with Mexican marigolds (cempasuchil), which in pre-Colombian cultures represents death. The belief is that these bright orange flowers are able to absorb the rays of the sun to warm the dead in their cold tombs. In Mixquic, as in many of the cemeteries around the country, the locals gather to bring their loved ones their favorite food and drink and even bring mariachi to serenade them. Ask at your Riviera Maya adults all inclusive to see if you can find a trip out to a cemetery during this time.

Food plays an important part of these celebrations and as is typical, no party is complete without some really good food when you visit a Riviera Maya adults all inclusive.

A major part of these celebrations is “pan de muerto” (Day of the Dead bread) and you can find at Riviera Maya adults all inclusive. This is a sweet roll that can be made with a series of spices to give the bread its characteristic flavor. They are round and have one ball at the top, with thin ridges spaced evenly around the bread. The ball and ridges represent the bones of the dead. This bread can come either sugared or covered with sesame seeds.

Candy skulls are also popular. Normally made out of white cane sugar, amaranth seeds or chocolate, these are decorated with colorful frosting or candies and can sometimes be personalized with the name of someone you know to be given as a gift. As strange, morbid and possibly as offensive as this may seem, this is a typical custom that is widely accepted throughout the country and is something you can find at Riviera Maya adults all inclusive.

“Calabacita” translates as “little pumpkin” in Spanish and is a sweet that is pumpkin cooked with “piloncillo,” which is non-processed pure cane sugar, sold in the markets in a conical shape. It is a popular dish to make and can be served hot or cold. The pumpkin is cut into chunks and cooked in the piloncillo, giving it a deep molasses-type flavor. It is a popular dessert for this time of year at Riviera Maya adults all inclusive.

Mole poblano is a conglomerate of spices, seeds, nuts, chocolate and a variety of other ingredients that make a savory sauce that is normally ladled over red rice and a piece of chicken. A very typically Mexican dish, it is served in full force during this holiday at Riviera Maya adults all inclusive.

Mucbil pollo is something that you will only find in the Yucatan and in the state of Quintana Roo, where the Maya have a lot of cultural influence. In this region, the Day of the Dead is called Hanal Pixan. Mucbi pollo is a traditional dish that is normally baked in underground ovens and is kept buried for some hours. Wrapped in large banana leaves, the end product can be described as a pie with either pork or chicken (or both). The dish is normally prepared as a local dish so you’d be hard pressed to find it at a supermarket. If you do have a chance while visiting a Riviera Maya adults all inclusive to try it, take advantage of the opportunity.

Tamales are a dish that can be found all over the country and for the entire year and something you can most likely find at a Riviera Maya adults all inclusive. This is an example of a very compact meal that is wrapped up in either a banana leaf or a corn husk, depending on where you purchase them. You can find either sweet or savory fillings and it is a true Mexican staple in the traditional diet of Mexico. In Mexico City, it is notoriously known for a particular tamal dish called the “guajolote” (“turkey” in Nauhuatl). The tamal, which is made of corn meal and lard and then steam cooked, is finally deep fried and served in a bread roll as a sandwich. You can have a series of conversations about how unhealthy these things are but as the end of the day, you can’t deny the charm nor the immense satisfaction of having eaten one so ask to see if your Riviera Maya adults all inclusive can make one for you.

The guajolota can also be accompanied by an “atole” or a “champurrado.” An atole is a corn meal drink that can be made with water and a series of different flavors, normally strawberry or vanilla. Champurrado is a chocolate flavored atole drink. On a chilly November evening, nothing quite hits the spot like a warm guajolota, to be later washed down with a toasty drink. This is the perfect accompaniment to a night of grave-hopping. So this Day of the Dead, you are more than ready to celebrate like a true local when visiting a Riviera Maya adults all inclusive.

Enjoy this Day of the Dead with a good meal at your Riviera Maya adults all inclusive.

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