Hannal Pixan versus Halloween

Its becoming a conflict for the old traditional ways of Hannal Pixan and the Halloween as us northen know it.

traditional altar

It would seem such a shame to loose this tradition for the modern.Soon there will be no distinction between old cultures and the ones that are known all over the world and becomes all the same.I feel like in life we are all the same but individuals which sets one country from another with their customs.

photo google images

Hannal Pixan will just become a thing for the tourists only unless they work hard to keep it going.

Not only that it must be a little confusing for the children as well as the older people but I suppose this is progress but sometimes progress is not always for the best.

traditional Maya ceromany (photo google images)

In Ticul the pottery makers were busy for sometime making ceramics of Pumpkins with less sales of the more traditional pottery .Its good that there is work for them and it may increase their sales for awhile with people wanting the more modern halloween stuff.

You can walk around the stores that are full of Halloween costumes candy and the like.

Maybe next year there will be Halloween dances in the little pueblo of St Elena .The school do try to keep the tradition with exhibitions of altars for one night ,made by the children and older students.But then they used to make an altar in their own homes.

I asked all my staff ….. did you make an altar this year ? and all replied no! Maria the young girl that cleans the rooms did say her aunt and made one in her home. I know her aunt and she is a very tradionalist ,having always an altar set up in her home.

Let me know your thoughts on this too I would love to hear them.

About thepickledonionyucatan

Born in England emigrated to Canada and now reside in the Yucatan Mexico. LIfe is a journey so enjoy as much as you can
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3 Responses to Hannal Pixan versus Halloween

  1. Heather says:

    We vote to keep the village traditions alive realizing that change is inevitable unfortunately.

  2. Well, I think it is inevitable that slowly but surely the Mayan traditions will fade, particularly as the younger upcoming generation is not at all interested in maintaining the traditional customs and rituals in favor of “modernity”. “Official” efforts are being made of course, but without a real appreciation of the Mayans (after more than 500 years of belittling the “indian” and his or her customs) and rebuilding their self esteem, the youth will reject their roots and try to conform to what they see all around them. Hanal Pixan is just one of many practices that will be relegated to the junk heap of history, IMHO.

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