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Events: Day of the Dead & The Simpsons

Day of the Dead in MeridaThis is an exciting week in Yucatan. The Day of the Dead and All Souls Day take place October 31 and November 1st and 2nd, with celebrations having begun as far back, in some places, as the beginning of October and continuing through the coming weekend. And don’t think that the big celebration in the Plaza Grande is all there is (Altars will be built and set up on Wednesday morning in the main square). There are expected to be at least 85 different altars presented in the colonias in Merida alone. This is a celebration that has taken place for at least 3,000 years, that we know of, so we hope you are able to see some of it. Keep in mind that in the Yucatan, the Day of the Dead is more of a personal, family-oriented holiday. Altars are set up at home. Mucbil pollo and many other dishes are made to put on the altar, along with beer and any other favorites of the dearly departed. Many of the cocina economicas in town will make mucbil pollos (also called pibs) and sell them. Doña Tere’s, near the Yucatan Living offices, is offering them for sale if you order them now (Calle 47 between 66 and 68). From what we understand, days before the actual event, women are busy baking and cleaning, due to an old belief that if your house isn’t spotless on Day of the Dead, the dead will visit you to clean it. They just can’t help themselves!! Unlike in other parts of Mexico, where a lot of the celebration is in public and easy to see, this holiday has more in store for residents of the Yucatan who have become more integrated into the culture. Tourists will get to see some celebrations, but there is more going on behind closed doors.

Want to read more about Day of the Dead? See our Hanal Pixan article here, our mucbil pollo article here, another Day of the Dead article here, and finally, our Day of the Dead photo gallery here (page two). Enjoy!

If anyone discovers exact times of processions in the outlying cities, towns, and villages, drop a note in the comments section and let us know. We’ll do our best to find out more for next year! …and thanks, in advance for any information you can give us on The Day of the Dead in your area.


Also, since this is the first of the month, none of the new calendars are up, so be sure and check back regularly for updates throughout the week.

Monday(Lunes) October 29, 2007

Yucatan Living Conversaciones con Amigos (Conversations with Friends)

Practice Spanish or English with friends. Membership not necessary.
Location: Merida English Library, Calle 53 #524 x 66 y 68.
Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Admission: small donation

Yucatan Living Monday Night Football at Mercer Cigars

Monday Night Football at Mercer Cigars in MeridaFootball with a chicken wings, beer, and a good cigar! Every Monday night through December 30th! Deliciously male!
Location: Mercer Cigars, 85-3 Prolongacion Montejo, Colonia Mexico
Tel: 999-944-3647 for information
Time: 7:30 PM until its over
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living VAQUERÍA Folkloric Ballet

The signature dance of Yucatan, featuring the Jaranera Orchestra and the City Folkloric Ballet & Trova Yucateca .
Location: Ground floor of the Ayuntamiento in the Plaza Grande (the building with the clock)
Time: All Mondays 9:00 PM
Admission: Free

Tuesday (Martes) October 30, 2007

Yucatan Living Altar Contest at UADY

Day of the Dead altar by the Working Gringos Judging of the Altars Hanal Pixan 2007, altars built by each department at UADY, will take place at 9:00 AM at the Central Patio of the University. This contest is designed to help keep the customs and traditions of Yucatan alive. It has the added benefit of presenting these altars to the public to improve their level of awareness of history and culture in Yucatan.
Plus, there are some pretty nice prizes: 3,000 pesos for first place, 2,000 pesos for second place, and 1,500 pesos for third place. Following the judging, the altars are to be on display to the public.

Location: Central Patio of the Olimpo Calle 60 X 57
Time: 9:00 AM and after
For more information, call: 924-6429 y 924-6729
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Tuesday of Trova

Performing tonight: Trio Los Condes. One of the best, and most famous, of all Yucatan’s trios!

Location: Auditorium in the Olimpo
For: Adults and children over the age of 6
Time: 8:30 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Remembrance Musicals

Dance to the Big Band sound of the 40′s, played by the wonderful Jaranara Orchestra.

Location: Parque de Santiago, Calle 72 at Calle 59
Time: Every Tuesday at 8:30 PM
Admission: Free

Wednesday (Miercoles) October 31, 2007

Yucatan Living Exhibition of "Day of the Dead" Altars

Sponsored by the Office of the Federal Government in Merida, this event is the presentation of approximately 80 altars, brought to the city by the Mayans in the interior of the State of Yucatan. It is a spectacular event and not to be missed.

Location: Plaza Grande
Time: Begins at 11:00 A.M. (get there earlier if you want time with the exhibits. They don’t leave them up for very long)
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Exhibition of "Day of the Dead" Altars (For kids)

Wednesday Oct. 31 through Monday Nov. 5 designed to give young people another perspective on this celebration.

Location: Centro Cultural José Martí / Parque de las Américas
Time: Opening night: 7:00 PM

Admission: Free

Yucatan Living M.E.L. House & Garden Tour

Conducted by Keith Heitke for the benefit of M.E.L.

Location: The tour departs from the Merida English Library, Calle 53 No. 517 between Calle 66 and 68 and ends at Calle 59 No. 572 between Calle 72 and 74.
Time: 9:45 AM – 12:30 PM, all Wednesdays, October thru March.
Reservations: (999) 924-8401
Information: sterlingheitke [at] prodigy [dot] net [dot] mx
Admission: $200 pesos

Yucatan Living Wednesday Regional Theater

Location this week: Col. Pedregales de Tanlum, in Parque El Pocito, Calle 20 x 19 y 39
Time: 7:00 P.M.
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Wednesday in Concert: Felipe de la Cruz

The U.S. had its Rat Pack, then its Brat Pack – but nothing can top the cantautores of Yucatan! A performance by Felipe de la Cruz is a must-see event!

Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo
For: Adults and children over the age of 6
Time: 9:00 P.M.
Admission: Free

Thursday (Jueves) November 1, 2007


Yucatan Living To Remember is to Live

A dance for those of us who want to get home a little earlier. Again, the Big Band sound of the magical Jaranara Orchestra…

Location: Parque Zoológico del Centenario (The Zoo), Calle 59 at Avenida Itzaes
When: 4:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Yucatan Serenade
The signature romantic serenade of Merida and romantic heart of the City.
Location: Parque Santa Lucía , Calle 60 and 55, Downtown
Time: 9:00 PM
Admission: Free

Friday (Viernes) November 2, 2007

Yucatan Living No government-sponsored activities will be performed on this day, out of respect for the dead.

Saturday (Sabado) November 3, 2007

Yucatan Living Benefit Concert

A concert featuring Los Juglares. For the benefit of the María Auxiliadora Chapel.

Location: Vestibule of the Chapel of Santo Dominto Savio, Calle 81 x 24 y 26, Morelos Oriente
Time: 9:00 PM
Donation: $50
For more information, call 929-0401

Modeling Clay workshopYucatan Living Workshops for Kids
There will be a Science Workshop at 11am and a Modeling Clay Workshop at Noon.

Location: Patio of the Olimpo, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM
Donation: $50

For more information, call 929-0401

Yucatan Living Artistic Weekend: Que Viva España

Spanish dancing and Folklore.

Location: Patio of the Olimpo, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Artistic Weekend: Irish Dancing and National Folklore

Irish dance and national folkloreThis show is being put on by the Cultural Trust, which is raising additional money to provide scholarships to the Mexico-Argentina Contemporary Dance Program.
Location: Patio of the Olimpo, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM
Admission: General: $30

Yucatan Living Children’s Story Hour

Reading to children in both Spanish and English. Volunteers always welcome!

Location: Merida English Library, Calle 53 #524 x 66 y 68.
Time: Every Saturday at 10:00 A.M.
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Noche Mexicana (Mexican Night)

An outdoor performance that brings the folklore of all of Mexico to Merida! Music and partying under the stars! This week we have special guests from Argentina! It’s the Agitando Pañuelos dance company, showing some Argentinian folklore under the direction of Mariel Owen and Nicholas Welch. This company won the first place on a recent international folklore dance contest, so don’t miss it!

Location: Beginning of Paseo Montejo, Calle 56 A between 47 and 49
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living En el Corazón de Mérida

Outdoor concerts, sidewalk cafes, shopping at night – its all here!

Location: Plaza Grande, Centro
Time: Saturday nights, from 9:00 PM to 2:00 AM
Admission: Free

Sunday (Domingo) November 4, 2007

The Invisible CosmosYucatan Living Documentary at the Museum of Natural History
This week: The Invisible Cosmos

Location: Calle 59 # 648 x 84 y 84 A on the north side of the Zoo.
For: The whole family
Time: At noon
Admission: Free

The Simpsons Movie at the OlimpoYucatan Living Movie for Kids at the Olimpo: "The Simpsons Movie"
Location: Videosala at the Olimpo
For: The whole family
Time: 10:00 AM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Sunday Mornings is for Dogs

A “play-date” for dogs!

Location: In the grass-covered parking lot behind the Hyatt Hotel: north on Calle 60, right on Calle 35, just past Siqueff Reseaurant. Parking lot entrance is on the left.

Time: 7:30 AM to 8:30 AM (bring water for you and your dog)

Yucatan Living The Bici-Ruta
Bicycle Route on Sundays in MeridaThe Bici-Ruta – bicycles, concerts, chess, handicrafts, food… and all before noon! If you want to play chess, go to the sidewalk outside the Museum of Anthropology on Paseo Montejo at 9 am and pick up a game! The complete listing of activities is on the Bici-Ruta website .
Location: Begins at Parque de la Ermita, through the Plaza Grande, out Paseo Montejo, to include Fiesta Americana, and Paseo de Montejo at the corners of Calles 45, 43, 31, and 29 – and ends at the glorieta (traffic circle) on Prolongation Paseo Montejo (by Burger King).
Time: 8:00 A.M. to 12:00 PM
Admission: Free


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One Response to “Events: Day of the Dead & The Simpsons”

  1. Boo Hoo. :-( Another year without the taste of Pibs. No Yucateco resturants in the Dallas/Fort Worth Texas area. Maybe in Houston. But, that’s 6 hours from me. Don’t know any Yucatecos who live in North Texas either. No one makes Pibs better than my Conada/sister in law, Arcy. (my opinion) :-) This year, 2007, will be 10 years I’ve known my wife/esposa Ariadna. I was entroduced to Ariadna in 1997. The same year our beloved amigo, Alejandro Torre, died from a brain tumor (Marzo 1997). Alex’s then wife, Martha sent me fotos of Ariadna and her address and phone number. Guess you can call 2007 our 10 year Aniversario. lol Since this is the Day Of The Dead, I wanted to share my memory and love for my amigo and hermano, Alejandro (Alex) Torres of Merida.

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