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Yucatán mourns beloved animals for Day of the Dead

In Yucatán Day of the Dead is not only about people, but also beloved pets.

Death, art, and rebirth in the Maya imagination

Like everywhere else, the ancient Maya thought a lot about death — a fact well documented through their art.

Communities across Yucatán begin to promote Hanal Pixán festivities

As Hanal Pixán draws near, communities across the Peninsula have begun to promote their upcoming festivities.

A big comeback for Paseo de las Ánimas in 2022

Some 50,000 people participated Friday in the Paseo de las Ánimas, a pre-Hispanic tradition of the Mayan people that is being kept alive in...

Choo Ba’ak, Campeche’s Day of the Dead bone-cleaning tradition

To the eyes of outsiders traditional bone cleaning may seem strange or even macabre, but for the people of Pomuch, it is a way to reconnect with their dearly departed and celebrate their ancient ancestry.

Are Mexicans really unafraid of death?

In Mexico, we have this saying that goes “En Mexico nos reimos de la muerte,” which translates as “in Mexico we laugh at death.”

Festival de las Animas: Everything you need to know

With Dia de Los Muertos — or Hanal Pixán, as it is known in Yucatán — just a couple of weeks away. Mérida’s City Hall...

The importance of food for the dead during Hanal Pixan

If you want to understand the line-up of the altar, here’s a list of some of the traditional dishes you may encounter.

Celebrations for Yucatán’s Day of the Dead: 3-level altar in the...

It is a mixed altar, honoring both adults and minors. For this reason, it is decorated with both black and colored candles, as well as toys. It displays multiple vases with traditional marigolds — cempasúchil flowers, and palms, as well as photos, traditional dishes, and memories from the departed.

Xoloitzcuintle: Mexican dog said to ‘guard men through the underworld’

The legend details that the dogs carried the souls of the deceased on their backs, helping them cross the city of the dead. However, they could refuse if the traveler had treated dogs badly during their life.

Día de Muertos or Hanal Pixán: What’s the difference?

As the weeks continue to fly by, Yucatecos are eagerly awaiting the arrival of one of the region’s favorite holidays, Hanal Pixán — Yucatán’s version of Día de Los Muertos, or Day of the Dead.

Cemeteries and festivities will be open this year for Hanal Pixan...

In certain municipalities, like Motul and Kanasín, cemeteries started welcoming guests who come to prepare the graves of their deceased.

Yucatán cancels Xmatkuil fair and Hanal Pixán altars at Plaza Grande

The news comes as a disappointment for many who thought that a return to yellow on Mexico’s epidemiological traffic light system would mean more of a return to normal for public events. 

Day of the Dead: From Aztec goddess worship to modern Mexican...

By Kirby Farah, University of Southern California – Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences Day of the Dead might sound like a solemn affair,...

Airfare skyrockets, seats vanish as Hanal Pixán approaches

Merida, Yucatan — Hanal Pixan celebrations have become something worth flying to, if you can find a plane ticket. Airfares from Mexico City to Merida,...

Day of the Dead parade pays tribute to migrants

Towering skeletons and dancers bounded along Mexico City's main avenue to celebrate its third annual Day of the Dead parade.

Ánimas procession attracts an estimated 57,000 people

Organizers of this  year's Paseo de las Ánimas estimate about 57,000 people took to the streets, in a highlight of the city's Day of the Dead festivities.

Parade, performances and altars at the Plaza Grande

Actors, students and altars come together Saturday at the Plaza Grande.

Families add color to grave markers at city cemeteries

As the Day of the Dead approaches, cemeteries in Merida come alive.

Sweets on the streets as holidays near

An altar for Hanal Pixan needs sweets and flowers, and vendors are ready.

Protest artist joins ‘Day of the Dead’ movie

Pixar's Day of the Dead project has been slow going, but now they are coloring in the lines. Will this announcement help bury a public relations gaffe?

Holiday prices monitored in stores, stalls

Businesses should think twice before spiking prices, or not properly posting them, during Day of the Dead celebrations, Profeco's José Nevárez said.
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