Merida Mexico | Dia De Los Muertos | THE DAY OF THE DEAD

Hey you guys! This week’s Go Travel On The Cheap episode highlights our incredible experience at Merida, Mexico’s Dia de Los Muertos festivities. We wandered through the huge cemetery in the night’s darkness and met many along the way, including a Merida tourism representative. What an awesome time, especially since we were invited behind press lines to film! We were completely surrounded by those in vibrant traditional dress with intricately painted faces, preparing to take part in the procession–young children to older adults. We got to observe the traditional Mayan reenactment of this holiday from right next to the stage… Our senses were overwhelmed in the best ways! The energy was palpable; respectful solemnity to honor the deceased ancestors amidst ceremonial music that gave off a celebratory vibe! They even demonstrated Pok-ta-pok, an ancient Mayan ball game. I described it in last week’s Uxmal video.There are varying perspectives on what happened when they played the game back then…some say sacrifice was involved, others say beheading was performed and still others say that sometimes the winners were killed–as it was an honor to meet the gods early. Some say that opposing Mayan kingdoms may have had their best warriors compete instead of having a full-blown war. And others even say that a game’s results was treated as an omen to a king or priest’s question–depending on what team won gave them an certain answer. The way the game was played varied as well…in some areas, they might have played with their hands and in other areas, they may have used their feet too. Want to check out a live version? They play a game every Saturday night in Merida, so if are visiting the Yucatan, make sure to plan on attending–you will love it! In their final round of the game, they play with a fire ball…and they can use their hands! In the end, we were so jazzed about our amazing opportunity to literally get swept up in the current of this important local tradition!

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