“The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living. — Marcus Tullius Cicero.

 

Portada Yucatán Today Oct 23 con solapa BajaDear reader, 

 

The season to honor our departed loved ones has arrived once again. It’s always a tender time, because we never truly stop missing them, remembering them, and wishing we could share certain things with them. Mexican traditions, especially Janal Pixan in Yucatán, are a way to keep them close; to receive their visit, exchange stories and memories with those who knew them too, and share a bit of their essence to those who didn’t.

 

If this is your first Janal Pixan in Yucatán, we hope this edition of Yucatán Today helps you understand this tradition and some of the ways it is carried out. And I say some, because each town, and sometimes each family, has different customs. Some families prepare their Mukbilpollo together, others order them; some eat them on November 1 and 2, others on the 8, and some even until the end of the month—others, every day, non-stop.

 

Especially now that we have so many visitors and new residents in Yucatán, it’s important to remember a couple of things. The first is that, although no practice or belief is a monolith, the traditions we have here are well documented and have evolved over centuries with minor differences among them, but distinctly different from practices in other parts of México, where there are more pronounced festive and colorful elements. The second is that the days of Janal Pixan, for a vast majority of Yucatecos, are truly special, solemn days with a huge emotional and cultural weight. There are many activities (which you will read about in this edition) that are celebrations and representations in which you can participate, but the bulk of the activities that take place are personal and family-driven; intimate. Remember to be respectful of these differences.

 

Having said that, there is indeed much to see and experience in Yucatán during these dates; make your plans, open your mind, and if you believe it can enrich your life, open your home to the souls of those no longer with you, wherever you may be.

 

Carta editora Yucatán Today - octubre 2023

 

By Alicia Navarrete
Communicologist born circumstantially in México City, but who says “uay” since 1985. Life has allowed me to see the world, which in turn has allowed me to discover how much I love the place where I live

 

 

Photography by Yucatán Today for use in Yucatán Today.

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