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Janal Pixan

Saturday, November 3, 2018 November 3, 2018 El Cid Resorts

Janal Pixan establishes the link between the living and the dead, to honor friends and relatives who have passed away to their eternal rest.

October 31st is dedicated to the children’s souls, November 1st. is dedicated to the adults’ souls and November 2nd. is “Faithful Death Day” (children and adults).

The altars are previously set with the food, candies and the soul’s favorite things.

According to the belief, there are dead people who don’t have relatives to honor them or for some reason they do not set an altar for them; these spirits are called “Lonely Soul”. These souls get sad and begin their return without having accomplished their mission. In this case, a small and simple altar is set on the corner of the house, placing different kind of offerings. Then, they are loudly called to invite them to take the essence of the food.

Adult Altar / MakingItems

Black or white candle made of wax

Candle stick holder’s and incense burner made of clay

A tablecloth embroidered with white, black or purple flowers

A photograph of the deceased

A Holy Cross

Ash on the floor next to the altar

Offerings:

Chocolate

Sweet bread known as “Pan dulce”

“Atole Nuevo” (a traditional hot beverage made of typical corn)

Elote tierno y elote sancochado (Baby / young corn and boiled corn)

Mucbilpollo (a special baked tamal)

Cigarrets and Liquor (if the deceased used to consume)

Children Altar / MakingItems

Colored candles

Candlestick holder’s and incense burner made of clay

Flowers

A Holy Cross

A Photograph and toys of the deceased

Offerings:

Chocolate

Pan dulce (Sweet bread)

“Atole Nuevo” (a traditional hot beverage made of typical corn)

Fruits of the season

Elote tierno y elote sancochado (Baby / young corn and boiled corn)

Mucbilpollo (a special baked tamal)

Sweets of pumpkin seed

Food and Candies on the table

Foods:

"Relleno blanco o negro" (turkey stuffed with ground meat with different spices)

Escabeche de pollo

Frijol con puerco

Cochinita pibil (pork cooked underground)

Puchero (stew)

Handmade tortillas made of corn

Xe’ek’ (mix fruit salad made of orange, tangerine and "jicama" [arrowroot])

Candies:

Yuca (Yucca, cassava or tapioca root)

Coco (Coconut)

Papaya

Camote (sweet potato)

Mazapan (marzipan)

Calabaza (pumpkin)

Fruits of the season