April 6, 2024
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Tulum’s Altar Competition: A Feast for the Senses

TULUM, Mexico – The lobby of the Bahia Principe Grand Tulum Hotel was transformed into a vibrant display of color, tradition, and creativity during the annual “altares” and “catrinas” competition.

This event saw the participation of seventeen teams, representing various departments and companies within the Grupo Piñero, coming together to pay tribute to the rich “Día de Muertos” traditions from several states in Mexico.

Each team dazzled with their creativity and dedication, crafting “altares” that incorporated a wide array of materials, from plants and seeds to painted sawdust and intricately woven palm details.

The iconic marigold flower, known as “cempasúchil,” with its vibrant color and captivating aroma, adorned each altar, creating a unique visual and sensory experience. Furthermore, the altars featured an impressive selection of traditional Mexican food and beverages for the judges and attendees.

Tulum's Altar Competition: A Feast for the Senses

Arantxa Munuera, General Director of Bahia Principe Riviera Maya Resort, shared her thoughts on the event: “The ‘Día de las Ánimas’ celebrated at Bahia Principe Riviera Maya Resort holds an extraordinary meaning for us. It’s about celebrating traditions and sharing them with our guests and visitors. It’s not a sad occasion but one of faith and devotion, marked by marigold flowers, candles, food, and the vigil at graves. It’s a reflection of our reunion with our loved ones who have departed, returning to visit those still on Earth, as the tradition goes.”

Adding an exciting dimension to the competition, the “catrinas” contest featured several participants showcasing their talent by creating stunning designs using only recycled materials. These unique “catrinas” added to the impressive showcase of Mexican traditions.

Tulum's Altar Competition: A Feast for the Senses

Recognizing the Winners:

  • 1st place for the “altares” competition: AYB team
  • 2nd place for the “altares” competition: Finance team
  • 3rd place for the “altares” competition: HR team

Winners of the “catrinas” contest:

  • 1st place: Karina Cohuo Nahuat
  • 2nd place: Dianela Rodríguez
  • 3rd place: Clara Luz Carreón
  • 4th place: Yarisbeth Gómez

Bahia Principe Riviera Maya Resort offered an extraordinary selection of regional dishes as part of the “Hanal Pixán” or “Food for the Souls” celebration. This included “pan de muerto” (bread of the dead), sugar skulls, tamales, “cochinita pibil,” mole, sweet potatoes, and “atole.”

Tulum's Altar Competition: A Feast for the Senses

Arantxa Munuera emphasized, “Through such exhibitions, everyone present admires the altars and, if only for a day, immerses themselves in the liveliest celebration for those who have passed and the magical Mexico that astonishes the world.”

Tulum's Altar Competition: A Feast for the Senses

The “Día de Muertos” celebration unites us all in paying tribute to Mexican traditions, offering a colorful and meaningful experience that immerses attendees in the rich culinary traditions and celebrations for our loved ones. This annual event is a testament to Mexico’s rich culture and Grupo Piñero’s commitment to upholding these traditions.

By Lorena Herrasti

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