“After all, death is a symbol that there was life.” – Mario Benedetti
It’s almost time for Hanal Pixán, the celebration of our deceased. For every Yucatecan it’s a very special time of year, and not just because we get to eat Mucbilpollo after what seems like an eternity. It’s a time for family, remembrance, and customs that we hold dear to our hearts.
Día de Muertos is no longer an exotic festivity for our international residents and visitors. It has sparked the curiosity of the whole world for a long time, and today, thanks in part to movies like Coco, many people are familiar with the basics. But Yucatecans know that although it may present some similarities, Hanal Pixán or U Jaanalil Pixanoob is a celebration in and of itself.
That’s why, just as every year, we dedicate our October edition to our state’s traditions. Cassie tells us how she and her family will commemorate loved ones that have passed on, Andrea and Amadeo speak of the roots of U Janalil Pixanoob and how the communities in our state keep their beliefs alive, and Ralf delights us with his descriptions of traditional food you will find at this time of year. Lee writes about the Box Kekén and its importance to local subsistence farming, and Violeta celebrates a handful of local cooks and chefs that are representing Yucatán on an international stage.
Because the Maya considered cenotes a passage to the underworld, we also have an appropriate article for You’re Going Places: Three day trips that combine cenotes and archaeological sites. A different way to experience the ancients’ beliefs!
As you can see, we have prepared a very special edition. Cut yourself a good slice of Pib, download your digital magazine, and allow us to keep you company during this time when we remember those that are no longer with us and celebrate their lives. Thank you for making us a part of your stay in Yucatán.
Editor of Yucatán Today
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