Mexico is renowned for its abundant customs and distinctive festivities that mirror its profound link to its history and culture. Among these celebrations, one particularly remarkable event shines: the portrayal of the catrinas. These sophisticated skeletal forms, adorned in chic ensembles and elaborate headwear, have emerged as a significant symbol of Mexico's Day of the Dead festival.
What is the origin of the catrina?
The Catrina's origins can be traced back to the creations of the renowned Mexican artist José Guadalupe Posada, who was a skilled engraver and caricaturist. During the 19th century, Posada crafted the iconic depiction of a gracefully attired skeletal form, which subsequently transformed into the familiar concept of the catrina. Although initially meant as a satirical commentary on Mexico's affluent class during that era, the catrina has risen above its initial context, evolving into a compelling and visually striking symbol.
The Catrina is not only a tribute to death but also a celebration of life. Through its elegant and stylized image, it emphasizes the concept that there's no reason to fear death; instead, it should be regarded as a part of the natural cycle of existence. Rather than mourning and sorrow, Mexico's Day of the Dead is a colorful and joyful celebration that honors the life and legacy of those who are no longer physically present.
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An Unparalleled Celebration in Puerto Vallarta
Velas Vallarta has gained a reputation for its dedication to honoring Mexican culture while delivering exceptional guest experiences. In the current year, it aims to elevate its Day of the Dead festivities by introducing the enchanting essence of the Catrinas. Guests will have the opportunity to engage in a range of activities that allow them to fully embrace the resort's deep-rooted traditions, as these remarkable figures come alive through various experiences.
- Cultural immersion and personal connection
You'll get the chance to appreciate a vibrant altar, a tribute that honors our dear ones and reflect customs with tales and memories from a lifetime.
The resort's culinary team will also craft exquisite dishes that honor the gastronomic culture of the celebration. From traditional Mexican specialties to innovative interpretations of classic flavors, you will be able to enjoy an array of dishes that capture the essence of the Day of the Dead.
The journey continues in the resort's gardens with a parade where these impressive sculptures embody the essence of Puerto Vallarta, such as a fisherman, local market vendors, religious women, singers, and other notable personalities.
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Throughout the tour, the resort's expert guides will share with you the origins and cultural significance of these Mexican traditions in order to promote a deeper understanding of this celebration.
- Art and inspiration
Fabiola Jaydar, an artist from Mexico, is the imaginative mastermind responsible for the catrinas that elegantly parade at Velas Vallarta. With roots in Chihuahua, Mexico, Jaydar is a proficient painter, sculptor, and muralist who has a strong inclination for highlighting her nation's cultural heritage and customs through her artworks. The creation of each life-sized sculpture demanded an attentive period of three to four weeks, involving precise character selection, conception of attire, and design of the skeletal structure. Each piece was meticulously fashioned, integrating multiple elements to encapsulate the character's essence, including the incorporation of distinct hats and headpieces.
Now is the perfect opportunity to arrange your trip to Puerto Vallarta, allowing you to experience this customary event that honors both life and death.