Day of the dead Maya style
I was so disappointed that I was not able to go into the village and see all the altars being made and judged for Hanal Pixan this year.This business just takes over sometimes but that’s a good sign too.
But luck on my side. I had news that in the nearby town there was a parcel waiting for me.Thats unusual , I said to myself , a parcel in Muna ( a good 25 min drive from here) Normally things come to Ticul.
Curious to know just what it was I took the road passing Uxmal and onto Muna .
There were police patrolling and directing the traffic which again I thought strange as normally Muna is much quieter than Ticul.Then as I headed toward the main palace I saw the area throbbing with people dressed in traditional clothings. Ahh great there was the exhibition of alters lining the sides of the main square. So I did get to see after all , the alters of Hanal Pixan .
My parcel? A lovely gift from Trip Advisor saying that I had been selected as a Winner of Excellence for this year……………… Wow how wonderful is that…Trip advisor is, as most of you know ,a place on the internet where one can make comments be good or bad… I say it’s a site that you love to hate HA HA But for me in this instance I kinda like it!
Returning to Hanal Pixan I did another first… After being here nearly 6 years I decided to take a trip to the local cemetery . This is the time when the cleanup gets done and painted ready for the souls to return to earth. Fresh flowers and candles were adorning the grave sites . Even if there was only a small marker made with stones they too had painted with lime mixed with water,shinning a brilliant white in the sun .
But there is something different here! It’s not that unusual to see skulls and bones laying around but I saw that these too had been collected and placed in a certain area.
The altars will be in their own private homes now and everyone anxious for the day of the mucbipollo special food of the souls on their return to earth for this slowly dying tradition of the Maya people.