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Posted: Monday, November 2, 2015. 11:57 am CST.

Monday, November 2nd, 2015. BMG: “Food of Souls” or Hanal Pixán as it is translated in Maya, is the day-of-the-dead celebrations, native to the Yucatan Peninsula Mayans. hanal_pixan

It is a festive time in which traditional dishes are prepared for the spirits, as it is believed that they return to visit their families on that day. The main dish is the ‘mucbipollo’ which is similar to the tamal.

It is believed that spirits of deceased children return on the night of October 31st and spirits of deceased adults return on the following night, with special offerings prepared by their families as a way of celebrating and honoring them.

Over the course of the three day celebration (October 31st, November 1st, 2nd), families set up altars in their homes and decorate graves in the cemeteries to welcome the returning spirits as is similarly practiced in many other parts of Mexico.

On the third and final day of the celebration, a special mass is done for the souls of the dead.

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