Hanal Pixán is the name given to the Day of the Dead celebrations of the Maya people who live in the Yucatan Peninsula. The term literally translates as "food of souls" in the Mayan language. In this region, food takes on a special meaning as traditional dishes are prepared for the spirits who are believed to return on this day to visit their families. The holiday is a way of celebrating and honoring deceased family members and friends.

The spirits of adults come on the following night, and there are different items placed for them on the altar, including alcoholic beverages. On the third day (November 2nd), a special mass is said for the souls of the dead.

There are a few beliefs that are common in rural villages: people may tie a red or black string around the wrist of their children, believing that it will protect them from the spirits (although the spirits are not seen as malevolent, they may play tricks or become jealous of babies and small children). It is also customary to tie up animals that usually roam free so that the animals will not get in the way of the spirits. 


Foods for Hanal Pixán

The foods that are prepared for Hanal Pixán are unique to the Maya people. This is the main way in which this holiday differs from Day of the Dead traditions in the rest of Mexico, which has its own particular dishes that are associated with the holiday, foods for Day of the Dead.

The most important food for the holiday is mucbipollo. The name of this dish is a composite Mayan and Spanish word. In Mayan muc means buried and bi means baked, and pollo is the Spanish word for chicken. This special dish is similar to a tamal but much larger than a normal tamal. It is made with corn dough and chicken wrapped in banana leaves. Traditionally it's cooked in an underground pit called a pib, though nowadays some people take their mucbipollos to a bakery to be cooked in a wood-fired oven, and others will bake it in their oven at home.

The mucbipollo and other traditional food and drinks are placed on a table that is set up with a tablecloth and candles for the dead to enjoy the essence of the foods. Later, the living will consume what is left. It is also customary to put out a plate for the lonely souls, those who don't have anyone to remember them.


If You Go

If you're lucky enough to be in the Yucatan Peninsula at this time of year, you can enjoy the local customs and traditions associated with the holiday. In Mérida there are numerous altars set up in the Plaza Grande. Head to the cemetery to see how the graves are decorated. If you're in Cancun or the Riviera Maya, plan to go to the Festival de Vida y Muerte at Xcaret Park.

https://www.tripsavvy.com/hanal-pixan-mayan-day-of-dead-1588703

Views: 53

Replies to This Discussion

thanks for the great information on the Day of the Dead

RSS

Have questions?

Need help? Visit our Support Group for help from our friendly Admins and members!

Have you?

Become a Member
Invited Your Friends
Made new Friends
Read/ Written a Blog
Joined/ Created a Group
Read/ Posted a Discussion
Checked out the Chat
Looked at/Posted Videos
Made a donation this month
Followed us on Twitter
Followed us on Facebook

Donations

Please consider a donation to help with our continued growth and site costs

Connect

Visit The Temple
on Facebook:

....

Blog Posts

Love

Posted by Quingu on April 19, 2019 at 12:04pm 2 Comments

Game changers

Posted by David John Johnstone on April 17, 2019 at 6:20pm 1 Comment

Rivers of Belief

Posted by Luna on April 16, 2019 at 10:00am 0 Comments

The Hunter

Posted by Quingu on April 15, 2019 at 10:00am 0 Comments

If You Must

Posted by savlove on April 13, 2019 at 2:59am 1 Comment

Windows - AGAIN!?

Posted by William J. Coblentz on April 12, 2019 at 2:38pm 1 Comment

The Serpent Cherub

Posted by Quingu on April 7, 2019 at 1:00pm 0 Comments

Elevated Thought

Posted by Quingu on April 5, 2019 at 7:00am 0 Comments

A prank for April 1st

Posted by Karen Black on April 1, 2019 at 1:00am 4 Comments

Expendably Yours

Posted by savlove on March 31, 2019 at 11:19pm 8 Comments

THE 4 KINGS OF HELL

Posted by Quingu on March 27, 2019 at 5:30pm 0 Comments

Plumed Serpent

Posted by Quingu on March 22, 2019 at 6:00pm 3 Comments

Iblis & Jinn

Posted by Quingu on March 22, 2019 at 3:52pm 2 Comments

The Pleiadian Agenda (Aryan Logic)

Posted by Quingu on March 20, 2019 at 1:00pm 3 Comments

THE (EVOL)VING ARYAN (CHERUB) & 7/(11)

Posted by Quingu on March 20, 2019 at 8:30am 1 Comment

How to write english essay pt3 example

Posted by Amy on March 19, 2019 at 4:00am 0 Comments

Descendent of War

Posted by Quingu on March 13, 2019 at 12:00pm 0 Comments

KING BA(EL)

Posted by Quingu on March 12, 2019 at 2:30pm 0 Comments

Posted by Priestess Maighread Birdsong on March 12, 2019 at 1:18pm 0 Comments

APRIL'S AWARENESS

Image result for february awareness month 2019

Image result for april awareness and causes

Image result for april awareness and causes

Image result for april awareness and causes

Image result for april awareness and causes

Image result for april awareness and causes

Image result for april awareness and causes

Image result for april awareness and causes

Image result for april awareness and causes

Image result for april awareness and causes

Image result for april awareness and causes

Image result for april awareness and causes

Image result for april awareness and causes

 

 Image result for april awareness and causes

 

 Image result for april awareness and causes

 

 

 

 Related image

 

 

 

© 2019   Created by Bryan   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service