Laugh has no dialects: The Day of Dead in Mexico, San Angel | The Family Without Borders

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Laugh has no dialects

Mexico (Yucatan), San-Angel: Mayan boy in a hammock; Photo: Anna Alboth

Mexico (Yucatan), San-Angel: Mayan boy in a hammock; Photo: Anna Alboth

What to do in the Maya village on the Day of the Dead? You follow your daughter and get invited for a traditional dinner!

Hanna is missing her kindergarten and friends very much and any time she has a chance, she is just joining kids and play with them. She is already using “hola”, “adios” and answering for “como te llamas?” in a right way.

But basically the language does not matter for her. Running is running, playing with a ball is playing with a ball, laugh has no dialects.

And that’s how we ended up to get invited for a traditional dinner, no other day than on the Día de Muertos, Day of the Dead, 1st of November. Here, on Yucatan, celebrations take place on both: 1st and 2nd of November. First day honours children and infants, whereas deceased adults are honoured on the second day. First can be called: Día de los Inocentes (Day of the Innocents) or Día de los Angelitos (Day of the Little Angels). Can be a better day to visit a family with many kids by us: a family with two girls?

During the day kids were only playing, while adults were busy: with preparing corn, with preparing the bananas’ leaves, with preparing the chicken. What for? That exactly at 5pm all the kids from the family can sit around the table and eat tamale. Tamale, a square traditional dish made of masa (based on corn), steamed or boiled in the leaf wrapper (before eating you take away the leaf). Tamale can be filled with meat, vegetables, cheese or everything altogether. Especially during a celebration day!

Luckily we also had our chance to try. While feeding Mila and collecting pieces of tamale left by Hanna somewhere between jumps and laughs.

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