Fun on the Riviera Nayarit

By Cat Morgan

Hola Riviera Nayarit and Banderas Bay folks! First, I would like to apologize for not mentioning the wonderful San Pancho Market / Mercado del Sol in the Riviera Nayarit market news last week! With an amazing successful first season last year, they are looking forward to opening this season on November 4th and every Tuesday thereafter from 9am to 2pm; located in the main plaza.
This market is filled with fresh local produce and so much more! If you would like to get into the market contact Marta Sokolowska on their FBook page at Mercado del Sol.
Every pueblo holds a different energy and San Pancho has been coined as the “Cultural Center” on the Riviera Nayarit. Visit San Pancho for a fun day and check it out for yourself!

Dia de Los Muertos
Dia de Los Muertos is a two day celebration beginning on Sunday, November 1st continuing through November 2nd. Throughout the cemeteries in all of the pueblos you will find altars created for deceased loved ones. This holiday is greatly celebrated and is a large part of the Mexican heritage and culture.
This 3000 year old ritual initially began in August, the 9th month of the Aztec Solar Calendar, and was celebrated for the entire month honoring the dead. This tradition continues today as families make altars in honor of a family member or loved one, or an outstanding community member that has benefited society that has passed away the previous year, and all loved ones.
The Day of the dead begins November 1st, and is the day that celebrates those who died as children and is called the “Day of the Little Angels” or All Saints Day, and November 2nd is to celebrate the adults, and is also known as All Souls Day.

A Mexican View
of the Afterlife
Many nationals in Mexico have a different view of the afterlife, as some of their beliefs include keeping your identity when you die, and then return for this day, the Dia de los Muertos. Many elaborate alters are created with painted skeletons and skulls that are dressed up to honor their loved ones. This shows respect and that they are not forgotten. Alters are a way to guide the spirits home. People also dress up like “Catrina” or skeletons as part of the celebration with amazing make-up and lavish costumes.
Mexican folk art of the skeletons or calacas, which are very popular and sold all over the Riviera Nayarit and Mexico are made out of chocolate and sugar (for the kids) and paper mache. I am sure we will be seeing a lot of that at the La Cruz Sunday Market, which opens on November 2nd this season.

Gringo / Canadian Style Halloween Local kids will be walking around for some candy here and there, so you may as well have some candy in the casa; if they don’t get it all I am sure it will be eaten!
Every year Philo’s Bar in La Cruz hosts a huge gathering every Halloween (Friday October 31st) for the 200-300 kids that come by for tricks and treats. Bring a big bag of Halloween surprises for these kids and have a blast! The kids start coming around about dark, and the live music starts around 8pm. Dress is costume if you like! This season Geo Uhrich (from Luna Rumba) will be joining Philo and the Mexican Shuffle Band playing his 5 string violin, nylon and electric guitars. A fun time for everyone!

Thanks so much for reading! The season is only beginning!! So stay tuned for more fun and new events come our way. If you have any Riviera Nayarit news or entertainment, questions, comments please contact me, Cat Morgan, at
Many Blessings of Love for your week!

One comment

  1. The Day of the Dead and afterlife may take on a different meaning before the Ebola epidemic is over. Modern travel , after all, brought the AIDS epidemic into the world from Africa, where millions of people have already died. Many nations have already banned people who come from those African nations affected Ebola into their country, and already U.S. hospitals are preparing in case it should become a problem in the country.
    Ebola also comes from Africa , and has been found to be a similar virus to the AIDS virus, and is also killed by the same drugs. But like all viruses, they enter the cell and may insert themselves into the host genome. So, survivors never get rid of the virus, as demonstrated by the human genome consisting of some 8 percent of viral DNA. It has been over 50 years since the first AIDS patient, and today millions are being affected. Lets hope the same thing does not happen with Ebola.
    Remember what happened to the Puerto Vallarta economy when it was reported that there were cases of the swine flu some years ago.

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