Hanal Pixan is celebrated in a similar way to Day of the Dead celebrations in other parts of Mexico. Families set up altars in their homes and decorate graves in the cemeteries, but the foods that are prepared are unique to the Maya area of the Yucatan Peninsula. Mucbipollo, which means "buried chicken" is the quintessential Hanal Pixan food. It's similar to a tamal - it is made with corn dough and wrapped in leaves, but it is much larger than a normal tamal, and it is cooked in an underground pit.
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