Juego de Pelota
One of the most fascinating things to watch here at the Day of the Dead Festival, is the "ball game." This is actually a sacred ritual that exists from pre-hispanic Mexico and represents the fight between the celestial gods and the demons from the underworld below. The courtyard, where the ballgame is played, represents the night sky or the universe as we know it, while the players themselves represent the stars and their movement across the skies.
Even if you didn't know that, watching the players hit the ball with their hips is a spectacle in itself. It must hurt.
La Pelota Phore
Another ball game played is the phore, or purepecha, ball game. This consists of two teams of five or more players and, traditionally, it can be played on the streets in Mexico or in church atriums, using a club called a "uarhukua." It looks like hockey. The court itself must strictly be 500ft long and 23ft wide. The score increases each time the ball crosses the other team's finish line.
Along with ballgames, you can enjoy some rousing music and dance at the Day of the Dead Festival. Note that in Xcaret over 300 artists honor visitors with their attire and performances every night. Don't miss it.
San Francisco world travelers can reach Cancun and take a taxi from Cancun to XCaret for the Day of the Dead Festival. Travelers can fly from local SFO via Dallas to Cancun.
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Day of the Dead in X-Caret, Mexico
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