Festival de las Ánimas: Here is Mérida’s 2018 lineup for Hanal Pixan

A reported 50,000 took the "Walk of Souls" in 2016. Photo: Facebook
  • Traditional costumes honor Yucatán's Hanal Pixan heritage. Photo: Ayuntamiento

The Festival de las Ánimas (Festival of Souls) 2018, which will be held from Oct. 24 to 31, celebrates Yucatán’s unique take on the Day of the Dead.

In Yucatán, it’s called Hanal Pixan, and it’s become an event around which tourists schedule their visits.

The high point of the week is a giant procession of costumed participants — last year, they numbered 50,000. This is the 10th year of the increasingly popular street march.

The week of activities begins with lectures and a guided tour of the general cemetery, 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct 24.

At 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, a photo exhibition by Alejandro Poot opens at the Olimpo Cultural Center.

On Saturday, Oct. 27, traditional altars will be seen at the Plaza Grande and at Noche Mexicana, the weekly fair at the remate of the Paseo de Montejo.

A stretch of road alongside Mejorada Park is again transformed into a flower path starting Sunday, Oct 28. Also that day, a municipal Pib Festival — celebrating Yucatán’s iconic take on the tamale — runs 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in San Sebastian.

By far the largest event, the Paseo de las Ánimas begins 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, starting at the General Cemetery and winding its way down to the San Juan arch. Bands, altars and other entertainment will raise everyone’s spirits.

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