The Mayan celebration of Hanal Pixan takes place around the same time as the Day of the Dead. See what an authentic Hanal Pixan is like. Hanal Pixan in Cancun Although the Spanish tried to convert the natives to Catholicism and institutionalized observance of the Day of the Faithful Departed, the. But, have you heard of the Hanal Pixan? This is how the Maya celebrate their Day of the Dead. The words mean “Comida de las ánimas” or meal for the soul.

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The Altar is the principal element in this celebration because it is the place where the deceased souls meet with the living ones and keep alive the memory of the ones that have passed away. Music, altars, food and the parade of thousands of people with their faces painted as skulls, holding candles or simply walking down the road provide quite a spectacle.

There are more than 40 indigenous cultures in Mexico that have a long history of incorporating a celebration day of the dead. These dates coincided with the already established holiday All Souls Day which was celebrated in Europe.

Thank you for bringing it to ;ixan attention with your beautiful video. For the Maya, death was a very natural event. From October 31 to November 2 is when the deceased are permitted to visit their loved ones. On the 7th day for the children and the 8th day for adults after arriving back to the world of the living, the souls pjxan sent off with pixam huge feast including, different types of pibil traditionally prepared meat mainly pork and of course pib, the tamale made only for Hanal Pixan, made with achiote, stuffed with hen meat, pork or wild turkey, and cooked underground.


A free spirit with a liberal mind and a hippie heart, she lives for days at the beach and nights exploring new places. Yanal, this looks like an amazing experience, and I plan on being in Puerto Morelos for Dia de les Muertos in This tour gives you a good opportunity to experience local Mayan food.

5 Traditions to Celebrate “Hanal Pixan”, Mayan Day of the Dead | Yucatan Holidays

Writter Bio Kelly Fitzgerald. Hnaal most important thing you need to understand, is that Day of the Dead is a celebration of happiness and joy to remember our deceased loved ones, where sadness and sorrow are not allowed. The souls have the chance to eat the food with all their families one more time. Various altars are displayed in the plaza grande in front of the main catheral and public areas all over the city of Merida.

Each is covered by a tablecloth with traditional Mayan embroidery. This celebration hanwl Hanal Pixan takes people to a small Mayan community where the celebration takes place in a large cenote.

Hanal Pixán, Yucatecan “Dia de Muertos”: The Altar is heart of the festivity

Their faces were covered in masks that were elaborately decorated with jade. You can also find alcoholic beverage like tequila, mezcal or beer. Protect the children and tie up the dogs. They placed 7 stacks of 13 tortillas to remember pixqn numbers of their calendar, 4 bowls with meat and pork. Their tombs were cleaned and decorated with flowers; however, they did not light any candles because it was believed that the adult souls could see the way.

Yucatan Hanal Pixan in the Festival of Life and Death Traditions of Xcaret – dayofthedead

Unidad de Ciencias Sociales. On November the 1st and 2nd the altars are dedicated to the grown-ups. There are not even a lot of restaurants in Playa Del Carmen that serve Yucatecan food. I love huge — possibly haunted — mansions and as anyone can see from my MID CityBeat Instagram feed, I have a fascination with century old houses that have been abandoned and left to the whim of the elements. Festival in Xcaret On November the 1st and 2nd the altars are dedicated to the grown-ups.


An altar for the deceased. We wanted to show you in a visual way just how magical of a location and how beautifully the people of this Mayan village decorate for this event. This hnal has its origin in the ancient Mayan rituals to present their respects to their dead, and those rituals were mixed with the Catholic beliefs that the Spanish brought to Mexico five hundred years ago….

This way, the family invites the souls of their loved ones and any extra souls who may need somewhere to dine. The first day, November 1, was for the souls of children and the second day, November 2, was for the souls of the adults. We checked with them today to make sure they were open. Alternatively taxis will be around there. Also how will transportation work since I will be staying in Akumal.

This will still keep the experience intimate for those that attend. The body of commoners were usually buried under the floor in their house.