What is Dia de Muertos?

Dia de Muertos Unico Riviera Maya

What is Dia de Muertos?


Every year, UNICO 20°87° Hotel Riviera Maya celebrates Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)


A traditional Mexican holiday where families gather to welcome back the souls of their lost loved ones for a brief reunion that includes authentic dishes, drinks and celebrations. As is tradition, families create ofrendas (offerings) to honor their loved ones and decorate with cempasuchil flowers, photos of the departed, and favorite food and drinks of the one being honored. The offerings are believed to encourage visits from the land of the dead as the departed souls hear their prayers, smell their foods and join in the celebrations.

Dia de Muertos Messages

During this three day celebration, guests were invited to dress in all white and enjoy live music and drinks at Bar Balam. They were also encouraged to honor their loved ones by writing down names and placing them at the beautiful altar, which transformed into a stunning  glow-in-the-dark installation with neon lights and colorful floral decor at night. 

Catrina Dia de Muertos

The celebration continued with the welcoming of the Catrinas, who symbolize the relationship  Mexicans share with afterlife, who came to honor and protect those who have passed and guide them back to the afterlife on November 2nd.

Alebrije Dia de Muertos

UNICO 20°87° incorporates this annual Dia de los Muertos celebration to showcase traditional Mexican culture while allowing guests to honor and celebrate the lives of their relatives. 

Dia de Muertos Altar

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