Culture of the State of Quintana Roo

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Let us remember that Quintana Roo belonged to Yucatan until the early nineteenth century and it was not until 1935 that it could keep its independence. Thus, this attractive tourist state shares its history and traditions with the renowned Yucatecan culture.

One clear example of this is the cuisine, which is dominated by Yucatecan dishes such as papadzules, cochinita pibil, panuchos and salbutes; and exquisite salsas, pipián and chirmole. In addition, on the coasts there are the succulent dishes that can be prepared based on the fruits of the Caribbean Sea. And let us not forget that the highest standards of quality that the tourism services in the area offer include restaurants with menus of international cuisine of the highest quality.

The festivals and traditional dances are also from the neighboring peninsular state, such as the jaranas dances with ribbons, and the dance de la cabeza del cochino (dance of the pig's head). A traditional Quintana dance is from the gum workers; farmers who ventured into the jungle to get the chicozapote with which the gum is obtained. Carnival and colonial heritage celebrations are also held on important catholic religious dates.

The Mayan legacy is evident during the religious celebrations of their ancestors in honor of the ancient gods that shape their mythology, such as Chac, the rain god; or Ceiba, the sacred tree.

The crafts on the coast are made from materials such as shells and sea snails, with those of black coral the most valued. In the rest of the territory, some Mayan communities weave blankets and produce objects from wood and rattan.

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