From October 31st through November 4th, Velas Resorts in Puerto Vallarta and the Riviera Nayarit will be celebrating El Día de Los Muertos (the Day of the Dead), considered to be one of the most representative holidays of Mexican culture.
The resorts will each create a bright and colorful Altar de Muerto (altar for the dead) decorated with all the traditional ornaments, from marigolds, ash, salt, food, and water, to ceramic Catrinas and sugar skulls. In addition to the ofrendas, the resorts will also have staff dressed as Catrinas, and Calaveritas (little skulls) decorations throughout, as well as activities for guests to experience the Mexican culture and history of the holiday.
Velas Vallarta invites guests to decorate La Catrina masks as well as ceramic sugar skulls for the temporary altars placed at the resort. Additionally, La Catrina and clay and ceramic Sugar Skull art from Jalisco, the state in which Velas Vallarta is located, and Michoacán, the preeminent place for handicrafts in the country, will be available for purchase.
The Casa Velas adults-only boutique hotel in Puerto Vallarta will deliver traditional Pan de Muertos November 2nd as an added amenity in the suite and serve pan de muerto with traditional Mexican hot chocolate at its fine dining Emiliano Restaurant. The Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit resort will host a Catrina Contest where the staff from different departments dress up like a Catrina before making a tour through the guest areas of the hotel. At the end, guests vote for the winner.
In addition to all of this, Velas Vallarta will feature one of the biggest "Altar de Muerto" in Marina Vallarta at 40 sq. ft., and all three Banderas Bay area Velas resorts will sponsor giant Catrinas along the Malecón in downtown Puerto Vallarta. The papier mache Catrinas, traditional in the state of Jalisco, are being made by Tourism and Hospitality Management students at the University of Guadalajara's Centro Universitario de la Costa.
Source: Banderas News