The "Morning Edition" has translated headlines & newspaper photos. This Afternoon Edition has translations of the articles, Live Music & Events for this week & This month, & the "Around the Internet in the Past 24 Hours" section including photos & info from individuals & local businesses ....The News Daily In Isla Mujeres. There are always links to the original articles in Spanish.
Sprucing up the Cemetery
Hundreds will visit to celebrate the deceased
Revive el panteón
Martes, 29 de Octubre de 2013 21:44
Crece afluencia con motivo de festejos a difuntos
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Taco stand on sidewalk causes pedestrian complaints
Puesto de tacos invade la vía pública
Martes, 29 de Octubre de 2013 21:36
Se acentúan quejas de transeúntes
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There are complaints about this taco stand obstructing the sidewalk downtown, particularly after 10am when this area of town near the ferry and taxi stand is very busy. The business has been there for two months and is presumably paying rent to the Port Authority. The port is being remodeled in this area, with construction of the new ferry terminal. It is noted that this location for this business is negatively affecting pedestrians and represents a bad image for the island.
Want more police hired: Only 25 officers
Urge contratar a más policías
Martes, 29 de Octubre de 2013 21:36
Actualmente sólo hay 25
ISLA MUJERES, 28 de octubre.-Leer más...
(Using the statistics in this article, Isla has ~12 officers/10k residents.
HERE is a table indicating that most countries have ~30 officers/10k residents and the UN recommends ~22 officers/10k.
It says the US averages ~25 officers/10k residents, while Mexico has an average of ~36 officers/10k residents.
HERE is a list comparing the number of officers per capita among 100 US cities. )
The SEyC will pay the water bills for the kindergartens, and not the parents: Director
Hoteliers: Increasing the VAT will have serious consequences for Isla Mujeres
Noticias de Quequi......
Seeking maintenance at the La Gloria playground
Diario La Verdad
Casa de Cultura still abandoned & Malecon needs maintenance [+] Ver mas
Casa de la Cultura aún abandonada[+] Ver mas
Despite rumors to the contrary, SEyC will pay for water service
Pese a rumores en contrario, la SEyC pagará el servicio de agua[+] Ver mas
Slow recovery for Isla Mujeres artisans
Artesanos de Isla Mujeres se reponen de manera lenta [+] Ver mas
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Marigolds Are THE Day of the Dead Flowers
The smell of marigolds always makes me think of this time of year. Today I'm going downtown to get some to put in my hair manana...I have makeup for a Catrina face. Marigolds are called flor de muertos or cempasúchitl, / cempaxóchitl
|Photo by Sally Margolis|
Marigold ("Tagetes"), is better known as Flor de los Muertos, ("Flower of the Dead") or "cempōhualxōchitl"from the Nahuatl , which means "twenty flowers", (because it comes from a family of composite flowers). It is native to Mexico, where it grew wild, and has been distributed from Mexico to the world.
This flower has been used since antiquity in the celebration of the Day of the Dead, when altars and tombs are decorated with the warm color of these beautiful and fragrant flowers in shades of orange and yellow.
The flower is edible, and can be used in a variety of dishes. Its medicinal powers have been known since pre-Hispanic times. It is made into a tea and used as an appetite stimulant, and to treat vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain, gastritis and disorders of the spleen. It is used for a coloring in vegetable oil, margarine, mayonnaise, salad dressings, bakery products, confectionery, dairy products, ice cream, yogurt, citrus juice, chicken skin, and egg yolks. It is used to repel nematodes in tomato crops. By Miriam Alarcon Avila.(my translation)
Last week the head of the Agricultural Development Agency estimated the economic impact of Day of the Dead for Mexican flower producers is $925 million pesos (source)
Catrina: Grand Dame of Death
|"La Calavera Catrina" by Jose Guadalupe Posada, The "First" Catrina drawing|
|La Catrina by Diego Rivera...Made her famous|
Below are excerpts from an article (LINK) by Christine Delsol, who wrote about Catrina's history while publicizing an art exhibition in 2011 that featured the icon. (She is the author of "Pauline Frommer's Cancún & the Yucatán" and a regular contributor to "Frommer's Mexico" and "Frommer's Cancún & the Yucatán.")
"Catrina has come to symbolize not only El Día de los Muertos and the Mexican willingness to laugh at death itself, but originally catrina was an elegant or well-dressed woman, so it refers to rich people. Death brings this neutralizing force; everyone is equal in the end. Sometimes people have to be reminded." said David de la Torre, curator.
Born of revolutionLa Catrina as we know her originated with Jose Guadalupe Posada, considered the father of Mexican printmaking. Born in 1852, he apprenticed to a local printmaker and publisher when he was just 14. Moving to Mexico City in 1888, he soon became the chief artist for Antonio Vanegas Arroyo, publisher of illustrated broadsides, street gazettes, chapbooks and other popular forms of literature, including songbooks for the popular corridos. He became famous for calaveras (skulls or skeletons) images that he wielded as political and social satire, poking fun at every imaginable human folly. His influence on Diego Rivera, Jose Clemente Orozco and other great artists of their generation was incalculable.
La Catrina isn't your typical revolutionary babe, but her appearance has everything to do with the Mexican Revolution. Posada's working life paralleled the reign of dictator Porfirio Díaz, whose accomplishments in modernizing and bringing financial stability to Mexico pale against his government's repression, corruption, extravagance and obsession with all things European. Concentration of fantastic wealth in the hands of the privileged few brewed discontent in the hearts of the suffering many, leading to the 1910 rebellion that toppled Diaz in 1911 and became the Mexican Revolution.
Posada's illustrations brought the stories of the day to the illiterate majority of impoverished Mexicans, both expressing and spreading the prevailing disdain for Porfirio's regime. The image now called "La Calavera Catrina" was published as a broadside in 1910, just as the revolution was picking up steam. Posada's calaveras — La Catrina above all, caricaturizing a high-society lady as a skeleton wearing only a fancy French-style hat — became a sort of satirical obituary for the privileged class. But his Catrina cast a wider net: His original name for her, "La Calavera Garbancera," used a term that in his day referred to native Mexicans who scorned their culture and tried to pass as European.
Lineage begins with the Aztecs"La Catrina has been iterated over time," de la Torre said. "It's not just Posada and his work in 1910. There are layers of history. The image and the woman in death goes back to the ancient Aztec period. Posada took his inspiration from Mictecacihuatl, goddess of death and Lady of Mictlan, the underworld." Also known as Lady of the Dead, Mictecacihuatl was keeper of the bones in the underworld, and she presided over the ancient monthlong Aztec festivals honoring the dead. With Christian beliefs superimposed on the ancient rituals, those celebrations have evolved into today's Day of the Dead.
Posada's image was basically a head shot, unclothed except for the elegant hat. It took Diego Rivera to portray a full-length figure, put her in an elegant dresss and, by some accounts, to dub her "La Catrina." In the center of his 50-foot mural, Sueño de una tarde dominical en la AlamedaCentral ("Dream of a Sunday Afternoon in Alameda Park"), Catrina holds the 10-year-old Rivera's hand while Frida Kahlo in traditional Mexican dress stands behind them. None other than a dapper Posada himself stands to Catrina's left, offering her his arm. The symbolism — and this is but a fraction — is staggering.
Rivera painted the mural in 1947 at the Hotel del Prado, which stood at the end of Alameda Park. The mural survived the 1985 earthquake, which destroyed the hotel, and later moved across the street to the Museo Mural Diego Rivera, built after the earthquake for that purpose.
La Catrina's vacuously grinning skull fell inevitably into the role of literal and metaphorical poster child for the Day of the Dead, symbolizing the joy of life in the face of its inevitable end. But La Catrina is the beloved grand dame of Mexico's dance with death 365 days a year, appearing in at least two movies, graduating from drawings to sculpture, and taking on such roles as mermaids, brides and the all-around icon of the recent Bicentennial celebrations.
The Day of the Dead brings into focus one of the greatest differences between Mexican and U.S. cultures: the 180-degree divide between attitudes toward death. Mexicans keep death (and by extension their dead loved ones) close, treating it with familiarity — even hospitality — instead of dread. La Catrina embodies that philosphy, and yet she is much more than that. ...... You can read the entire article at this LINK
Catrina de papel mache, con aplicaciones LINK
Oct 31 Noche de Brujas/Halloween
7pm Town Square Dia de Los Muertos Festival: Entertainment, Dance Groups, Hanal Pixan Altar Contest
Here is a LINK to an article I wrote about Hanal Pixan
HERE is the article I wrote about Day of the Dead in Isla Mujeres.
November Calendar of Events .
Nov 1 Dia de los Muertos / All Saints Day (Children)
Nov 2 Dia de lost Muertos / All Souls Day (Adults)
Nov 3 US Time Change / End DST
Nov 7 Art Fair at Town Square 4p-7p
Nov 8 Last day of Hanal Pixan
Nov 11 US Veteran's Day Canada Remembrance Day
Nov 12 Postal Worker Appreciation Day Mexico
Nov 14 World Diabetes Day
Nov 15-18 Buen Fin (discounts)
?? Date of Caribe Maya Cultural Festival TBA (Was this w/e in 2011 & 2012)
Nov 16 International Day of Tolerance
Nov 18 Day off for Revolution Day (date of parade TBA)
Nov 20 Dia de la Revolución
Nov 21 US Thanksgiving holiday
Nov 24 Solemnidad de Cristo Rey (Christ the King Day / El día de Cristo Rey)
Nov 25 Día Internacional de la Eliminación de la Violencia Contra la Mujer
Nov 27 Hanukkah begins
Nov 28 Beginning of Festival for Town Saint through Dec 8: Virgin of Immaculate Conception (exact date TBA)
HERE is an article about the Festival
Nov 30 Hurricane Season Officially Ends
Sunset is ~5p . Moonrise over the Caribbean (East) at:
Nov 16 4:36p
Nov 17 5:21p Full Moon
Nov 18 6:09p
Nov 19 6:57p
Nov 20 7:47p
Nov 21 8:37p
and ~50 minutess later nightly
THIS WEEK IN ISLA MUJERES
Fenix Lounge updated their cover photo. — at Fenix Lounge.
John Cain's schedule
Tuesday solo from 8 to 10 pm at Cafe Del Mar, lovely spot on the beach across from Jax,
Wednesday with The Sol Rockers at Bally Hoo Restaurant from 7 to 930, come support this great venue, relaxing vibe and good food!
Friday solo at Iguana Bar Marina Paraiso Isla Mujeres from 7 to 9 and
Saturday at The Sunset Grill, solo from 7 to 9 pm. They offer 2x1 special from 6 to 10 pm on all wine by glass or bottle.
Banda Sin Nombre at Chuuk Kay 3:30p Sat & Sun
BELOW: 250p to benefit the Little Yellow School House....Nov 29 by Designer Paula Parra...
On the internet in the past 24 hours...
The "Avalon" has a new name...
Merca Isla is like the FB Classifieds for Isla Mujeres, in Spanish Below, Sally is announcing the free sterilization clinic on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday for cats & dogs & explaining the they can't eat eight hours before, and they can sterilize puppies and kittens as well, and she encourages people to tell their friends, families, and neighbors.
Sally MargolisMerca Isla !!!!!! GRATIS !!!! ESTERILIZACION DE GATOS Y PERROS! FECHAS: Sabado 2, Domingo 3, Lunes 4 & Martes 5 De Noviembre DONDE: La Clinica Veterinaria Chipie, Salina Chica HORAS: 8.30am-1pm INFORMACION IMPORTANTE: *Su mascota no debe comer POR LO MENOS 8 horas antes*
*Cachorros y gatitos también pueden tener la cirugía, la edad para
operar dependera de su mascota (pueden ser operados desde los 6 semanas
de edad typicamente)* *La cirugia tardara unas cuantas horas**Todo es gratis!*
Si, necesita mas informacion, puede llamar la oficina de veterinario Delfino 998-107-9080 Gracias a Isla Animals
y Delfino y todos los voluntarios! Por favor, comparta esta información
con su familia, sus amigos, y sus vecinos con mascotas!!!
*Cachorros y gatitos también pueden tener la cirugía, la edad para operar dependera de su mascota (pueden ser operados desde los 6 semanas de edad typicamente)* *La cirugia tardara unas cuantas horas**Todo es gratis!*
Si, necesita mas informacion, puede llamar la oficina de veterinario Delfino 998-107-9080 Gracias a Isla Animals y Delfino y todos los voluntarios! Por favor, comparta esta información con su familia, sus amigos, y sus vecinos con mascotas!!!
Party preparations at the Posada!!.... decorations & stuff for participants...
Not in Isla Mujeres....I f'g love science
Link to the is a nice slide show below of Hanal Pixan in Merida last year, set to one of my favorite songs, by eiselman
Playa Norte now in real time in Isla Mujeres
"Time Lapse" of Playa Norte Webcam: LINK