Huatulco Life was inspired by people with a passion for Huatulco and the Mexican lifestyle. It is a place to find out more information about the region and enjoy the beauty of the Oaxacan coastline through the photo gallery. From time to time, other interesting tidbits about Mexico make their way into the pages of this blog. Enjoy!
Monday, November 21, 2011
As an adult only hotel (18 years old +) this place appears to be set up for fun times and all of the indulgences for a relaxing and entertaining holiday. The bar has definitely been raised, and this will surely be the nicest hotel in Huatulco!
Thursday, November 10, 2011
We spent another evening in Santa Maria Huatulco for the Day of the Dead. This was my third one, and it seemed a little different this time around. While it is always a very interesting evening, I could have gone without the guy on the loudspeaker announcing that he had cold cervezas in his tin cooler...kind of killed the mood a little.
For the most part, the evening seemed familiar to last year as we strolled down the candle light, cobbled street towards the cemetary. Although I must admit, things certainly seemed a little more polished than last year. Perhaps, an increase in tourists spurred what appeared to be a more organized presentation. What was really noticeable were the three large flood lights positioned inside the cemetary gates...and in actuality this probably helped everyone navigate the maze of gravestones that lay before them. Safety first!
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
It is not hard to tell what time of year it is here in Huatulco, Mexico. Yesterday the zocalo was teaming with high school age kids. It drew our attention so we stopped. Each group of 8 students was busy making a tapetas de arena, a scene made of sand for the evening contest. These beautifully crafted scenes depict age old symbols of death. Dancing skeletons, laughing skulls, grave stones, crosses and the like decorated with the petals of compasúchil (marigold) flowers come alive with colored sand and a generous sprinkling of sparkles. Each a work of art in itself, these tapetes will be left for passersby to see and admire. I am told that throughout the weekend and ofrenda or altar contest will take place there too. I have noticed altars at various public sites and at the kindergarten down the street.
New indigenous faces have appeared along the perimeter of the market selling everything necessary for creating an altar, public, or private. The women have come down from the sierra to sell flowers, green ceramics, sugar skulls, and tombs, chocolate and the favorite food of those who have gone before us. Tamales will be sold from carts in the street saving us the time and labor involved in making these traditional treats. Already ornately decorated pan de muerto has begun to show up in the bakeries around town.
It is time to prepare to welcome back the souls of those we love who have left us. The 31st marked the arrival of the agelitos, those children who died too early to have a chance at life. Then on November 1st, the decorating and visiting of the graves in the cemetary began. Flowers will be brought to adorn the freshly whitewashed pantheon (cemetary). Family members will gather with copal incense, photographs, food, drink, flowers, and candles. The night becomes magic as the souls and memories of those who we lost create a palpable presence. Extra altars will be assembled with the specific intention to remember those who have passed on without a trace, no family or friend to mourn, but remembered just the same by the collective conscience of the community.
It is time to celebrate the Day of the Dead.