Day of the Death Festival in Mexico

A worldwide known festival in Mexico “Day of the Death” known as “Hanal Pixan” in Yucatán, where families remember their loved ones who have passed away, yet at the same time celebrate that life continues. The people believe that the souls of the dead come back and are all around them. Colorful flowers as well as religious amulets cover and adorn gravesites and family altars in the homes.  This festival is celebrated throughout the whole country of Mexico. 

Festivities of the Day of the Dead in Mexico

One of the highlights of Hanal Pixan takes place on October 31st when 140 altars are displayed by participants from morning to afternoon. Parque de Santa Lucía, Parque de la Madre, Parque Hidalgo along calle 60 and the Plaza Grande will be occupied by a variety of altars, smells, tastes and colors. Several typical fruits, sweets, and a variety of colorful flowers will mix with the smell of chocolate.  In the evening there is a procession from Parque de Santa Lucía to the Plaza Grande and a theatrical performance on the steps of the Cathedral. It is a delight to visit the altars and participate in the festivities.

According to tradition, departed children are remembered on November 1st, which is the “Day of the Little Angels” (“Día de los Angelitos”). Adults are remembered on November 2nd, which is called “All Saints” (“Todos los Santos”).

Only during this holiday are colored candles used as decorations on altars and sugar skulls with names on the foreheads are displayed in the markets Lucas de Galvez and San Benito.  Altar exhibitions can be visited at Plaza Grande, Parque de Santa Lucía, Parque de la Madre, Parque Hidalgo and Parque la Ermita.

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