Coming Alive for the Day of the Dead

Mexican ladies prepare the pib

By Kimberley Schloss.

Far North Queensland’s sizeable Mexican population is preparing for the Day of the Dead celebrations to take place on Nov 1st.

As always, the focus of the event is creation of a a traditional dish known as a pib (above). The meal is created communally, with preparations beginning in July. The ingredients include 900 kilograms of corn dough, half a tonne of chicken meat and twelve suckling pigs, julienned.

Organisers are expected to feed over 5,000 people, with the homeless and hungry welcome to partake, even if they do not hold a cartilla card. The only requirement is that down-and-out diners be prepared to watch short PowerPoint presentations about Bandera de México and Raúl Jiménez and pass a short-answer examination. A DNA test is not required but recommended.

Cooking will begin at 3am, and by mid-morning the odor of banana leaves and x’pelón — a variety of black bean — will pervade Munro Martin Parklands. By mid-afternoon the odor of digested x’pelón will pervade the entire CBD.

Entertainment will be provided in the evening by the Bayview Heights Mariachi Band, supported by Dayne ‘Guzman’ Caine.

Published by murraymurchison

Editor in Chief at the Trinity Beach Plain Dealer

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