The government of Yucatan announced that the traditional Paseo de las Ánimas in the city of Mérida, which has been held for 10 years, will be extended throughout the state by celebrating the First Festival of the Souls 2018 on the Day of the Dead, having as its headquarters, the cities of Mérida, Valladolid and Progreso.
Renán Barrera, mayor of Mérida, explained that, in Yucatan, the festivity of dead is called Hanal Pixán, which means in the Mayan language the Supper of Souls, and is commemorated with parades where those present attend as deceased or as catrines and catrinas , offerings are mounted and the palate is delighted with traditional Yucatecan food.
The Hanal Pixán is the invitation to our deceased to return with us to share a meal, “said Barrera Concha, noting that the festival will take place from October 24 to November 2. During this event, the Yucatecan traditions, culture and cuisine will be highlighted.
The first edition of this festival will show the traditions of the peninsula with various cultural, cinematographic and gastronomic events, highlighting the traditions of the Yucatan and promoting tourism in other municipalities of our state.
Michelle Friedman Hirsh said that this event will open the doors of national and international tourism to visit Yucatan during the Day of the Dead, and the rest of the year.
She added that festival attendees can enjoy the wide gastronomy of the state, as well as night rides by bicycle, the altars contest, theatrical plays and typical costumes.
The Festival of Souls expects to receive more than 100,000 people from October 24 to November 2 in the three cities, in addition to having an important economic spill that will exceed last year’s.
Among the activities there will be feature presentations of Trova Yucateca, regional gastronomy, Maya ceremonies in cenotes near Valladolid, stories and conferences, plays, and folk dances, among others.
TYT Newsroom with information from excelsior.com.mx