Saturday, December 12, 2015

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Saturday, December 12

 Today at 3pm there will be dozens of small children dressed as Juan Diego (who saw the vision of the Virgin of Guadalupe on the hill at Tepeyac, 484 years ago) and as shepherds and shepherdesses in a procession going ~2km from the downtown church to the Chapel of Guadalupe in colonia Salina Chica, where the priest will hold a mass at 5pm.
 Start of Guadalupe-Reyes Holiday period, which ends January 6th. School vacation begins Dec. 12

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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles

Painter lost arm and could have leg amputated  

Complications after electrical shock  

Se complica situación para pintor electrocutado: Le amputarían pierna

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ISLA MUJERES, 11 de diciembre.-
     On Wednesday, December 9,  Leonardo Chuc Perera,16, received an electrical shock in his right arm, which was amputated after he suffered a heart attack Thursday night, according to friends of the family. They said he nearly died when he went into cardiac arrest, but was brought back to life after a series of resuscitations. They said there are rumors that his right leg could be amputated, where the electricity passed through, but so far they are unaware of the actual situation. 
   The family said they have faith that the young athlete, Leonardo Chuc, will get through this trágico trance and then he will go to Mexico City when he leaves this hospital. They explained that an altruistic groups that helps people with burns gave him a ticket to Mexico City to stay at a center that caters exclusively to these types of cases, and provides psychological treatment, motivational therapy, and physical therapy, as well as providing prosthesis if necessary. 
       It is noted that this young man nearly lost his life from receiving an electric shock after he moved a ladder at a building that is owned by a foreigner, and it brushed against a live high voltage wire. Leonardo Enrique Chuc Perera is a native of Isla Mujeres and lives in colonia Caridad del Cobre, attending middle school. It appears that the young student was hired by the business owner to paint and was injured when he was placing his work tools. He received the electrical shock in his right arm, and Red Cross paramedics took him to the Community Hospital. Later he was taken to Cancun.
Agapito honors winners of the International Poetry competition in an emotional ceremony   

Agapito galardona a los ganadores del Premio Internacional de Poesía

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ISLA MUJERES, 11 de diciembre
See translation below in the City section....

Certification of more beaches: White flag raised in the Continental Zone 

Izan Bandera Blanca en la Zona Continental

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ISLA MUJERES, 11 de diciembre.-
      Three white flags were hoisted Friday morning over beaches of the Excellence Group hotels on the mainland, indicating the beaches are certified under the Official Mexican Regulation NOM-120. The designation was given to the beaches of the hotels  Faynes Playa Mujeres, Excellence Playa Mujeres and The Beloved Hotel Playa Mujeres. The flags were delivered by Viviana Fernandez Carmargo, of the Mexican Institute of Certification of Beaches to the municipal president Agapito Magana Sanchez.  
        There are also white flag designations on the island and another beach on the mainland, as well as a blue flag certification on the island. The Mayor noted that these designations are in addition to the White Flag for the Community Hospital that signifies this is a Healthy Municipality. There is a Green Flag for the Colegio Bachilleres high school, a Blue Flag for the Posada or Centro beach, and a white flag for North Beach, which is one of the best beaches in Mexico and in the world.
      In addition, Isla Mujeres is a Pueblo Magico and the Urban Development Department made a mandatory agreement to obtain certification of the beaches, which has occurred on the island and on the mainland. To receive this distinction, the beaches must meet requirements that include water quality, cleanliness and color of the sand, access to public restrooms, an information module, and equipment for people with special needs.


From the Municipal Facebook site.....  (  FB page link)

Giving awards to the winners of the International Caribbean-Isla Mujeres Poetry Competition 2015 
Galardonan a los ganadores del Premio Internacional Caribe - Isla Mujeres de poesía 2015

Attention: The time for this event was changed
Atención comunidad, hubo un cambio en la hora del evento de hoy.
On Friday afternoon, at an emotional ceremony, the Mayor of Isla Mujeres gave the winner of the International Caribbean-Isla Mujeres Poetry Contest winner the prize of 39,500 pesos. The winner was poet Jose Antonio Landa Rosas of Campeche with his poem “Las ánimas de objetos que reaniman al mundo”. There were 142 entries in the contest from Mexico, Colombia, El Salvador, Honduras, United States, Cuba, and Dominican Republic. 
      Honorable mention was given to the Mexican poet Raciel Manríquez Gonzáles, who writes under the pseudonym Outis for the poem "Casaombra; and to the Canadian-Mexican poet Francoise Roy, who writes under the pseudonym Isolde Tzara for the poem "Laguna"; and to Mexican poet  Daniel Laurencio Medina Rosado, who writes under the pseudonym Schubert, for the poem "Casa de las Flores". 
       A tribute was given in memory of Raciel Roman Valerio, lawyer, journalist, and professor, to whom this edition of the competition was dedicated. He was one of the main people behind the rescue of the Juegos Florales of Isla Mujeres poetry competition. 

Paradise: the magic of nature   
El paraíso, la magia al natural. ‪#‎IslaMujeres‬
Isla Mujeres: Magical from dawn to dusk   There is a long article at the link about Isla Mujeres, in Spanish, with nice photographs. It is about being a Pueblo Magico,with a great deal of natural beauty above and below the sea; about Isla's long and interesting history, about the unique culture of this community who keep their traditions alive; and the variety of attractions for tourists. My translation:

      A blue line was added to the Pueblo Magico logo for Isla Mujeres, because it is the only island to receive this distinction. It was given this designation in September because of its magical location, history, nature, culture, architecture, events, people, legends, and relics.
    Isla Mujeres is nestled on the eastern tip of the Yucatan Peninsula, where it is the first place (in Mexico) to receive the sun's rays every morning, and therefore it is also the first to see each sunset. Its terrain at the southern end of the island has elevations of over 20 meters, and with its natural separation from the coast, these first sunrises and sunsets have fantastic effects that are not visible from anywhere else in the region.
      Geographically, the island is small, stretching 7 kilometers in length from north to south, with its width varying from 900 meters at the widest point and just 100 meters at the narrowist area. Its magical natural beauty is framed by a turquoise sea, with incomparable white beaches that are recognized as among the ten most beautiful in the world.
    The beaches dominate the landscape of green mangroves and coconut palms, giving a tropical view that is magical and characteristic of the island, where the city of Isla Mujeres lies touched by history and legends forged by fishermen and sailors who first came to these beaches 2000 years ago.
      While the island is no larger than 340 hectares, it is surrounded by 170,000 hectares of national parks in the surrounding seas. These include Parque Nacional Isla Contoy, Biósfera del Tiburón-Ballena, and the Parque Nacional Costa Occidental de Isla Mujeres, Punta Cancún y Punta Nizuc.
         Isla Mujeres has been an important place for events since prehistoric times, and there is evidence of the Mayan culture on the isle two thousand years ago. These early occupants of the isle were known for their culture's remarkable progress in the areas of astronomy, agriculture, architecture, and especially commerce, navigation, and fishing. 
        In Isla Mujeres, the pre-Colombian Maya encountered the salinas (salty lakes where salt was harvested) and fishing as two natural resources that could be exploited. In accordance with their religious beliefs, in order to obtain good harvests of salt, the Maya built a shrine on the island to the goddess Ixchel, a deity whose virtues include the ability to provide abundance. Ixchel was the deity of the moon, birth, weaving, and medicine and her shrine was in the central part of the island, where the famous Vista Alegre Hacienda of Fermin Mundaca was located. At the southern part of Isla Mujeres, it is possible to see the remains of an Observatory of the cosmos, which was also used to monitor boats in the area. 
    It was traditional to make offerings to the goddess Ixchel in the form of a woman, and when the Spanish arrived in 1517 and saw these accumulated offerings, they named the island "La Isla de las Mugeres". Isla Mujeres has the distinction of being the first Hispanic name recorded in what is now Mexico. 
    The first Spaniard who came to Isla Mujeres from Cuba was Francisco Hernández de Córdoba, who was followed by Juan de Grijalva, and Hernan Cortes. The latter continued on to the lands of the Anahuac, where he fought and conquered New Spain, which is now Mexico. These three explorers and conquerors found interpreters and guides, including two indigenous Mayas known as Julian and Melchor, before they were assisted by La Malinche and Gerónimo de Aguilar. 
       In 1517, Julian and Melchor were the first persons baptized into the Christian faith in New Spain. This event in the municipality of Isla Mujeres was considered the beginning of the Catholic Church in Mexico. From the meetings in the early 16th century between the Spaniards and our Mayan ancestors, the mestizo race emerged, with Isla Mujeres serving as a point of reference for the expeditions of conquest that gave birth to New Spain, which is now Mexico.
      Among the most famous of local legends is the tale of the love that was ignited in the Spanish pirate Fermin Mundaca by a beautiful young native woman known as La Trigueña, whose love the older man could not win with his power, wealth, nor the beautiful hacienda he constructed on the island. It is said he went mad and died of sadness, when he eventually discovered that life without love is not living. (It is also said that he traveled to Merida with a bad case of yellow fever and probably died there.

Among Pirates, Corsairs, and Fishermen
        During the period of Spanish government, Isla Mujeres was a location that harbored Cuban-Spanish fishermen, runaway slaves from the West Indian islands of the Caribbean, pirates & privateers in hiding, and sailors who traveled in the seas between Honduras and the ports of the Gulf of Mexico, carrying raw materials and transporting all sorts of goods and provisions for the new communities that were developing.
         In the case of pirates and privateers, for more than three centuries they came to Isla Mujeres without distinction of nationality. Even if the Spanish government in the Yucatan periodically expelled them, they returned to occupy the islands and eastern coast of the peninsula. Among the most famous of those who were temporary occupants of Isla Mujeres were: Laurence Graff, (aka) Lorencillo, Jean David Nau (aka) El Olonés, Diego el Mulato, el Pirata Abraham, Van Horn (aka) Pata de Palo, and the brothers Jean and Pierre Lafitte, until the start of the 19th century. The strategic location of the island worked very well for the purposes of these evildoers, because they could spy on the maritime traffic between the Gulf of Mexico and Honduras, choosing which ships to assault.
        Regarding the fishermen, they came from Cuba, as well as from Yucatan and Campeche in search of meat from turtles and groupers, mainly. The groupers were transported alive to markets in Cuba and Campeche by ship, while the turtle meat was preserved with the salt available on the island. They also captured hawkbill turtles whose thin shells earned a good price because they were used for making household objects, as well as personal ornaments. The season for the fishermen was from March to July, when they came to the island from their places of origin, and they returned home when the season began for hurricanes and then the northern winds. 
        There is magic in the natural marine environment with its incomparable coral reefs, populated with a great variety of fish, sponges, turtles, conchs, and lobsters.

Birth of the City of Isla Mujeres
    With the achievement of the Independence of Mexico and the expulsion of pirates, Isla Mujeres continued to be visited by Cuban-Spanish fishermen, as well as those from Yucatan and Campeche, until a town was founded as a result of the Caste War bringing mestizos to the island. This town was the origin of the modern, thriving city of Isla Mujeres, head of the municipality of the same name, in the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico.
      In August of 1850, by decree, the Town of Dolores was founded, which referred to the cry for Independence by Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla. The founders of this town were refugees from a social war, who had been farmers. However, within 20 years they had become skilled fishermen and sailors, thanks to help from the Cuban fishermen who frequented the island. 
       Another event that took place in the second half of the nineteenth century was the arrival of the Cuban flag, which was in transit from New Orleans to Cardenas, Matanzas (Cuba), in 1850, when it spent several days in Isla Mujeres while its creator, General Narciso Lopez, used the island to organize his forces for an attempt to liberate Cuba from the Spanish government.
      The Cuban patriot Jose Marti spent a few days on the island, and wrote a beautiful manuscript recounting the daily life of the islanders. The married couple the Le Plongeons, who discovered the Choc-mol at Chichen Itza, also wrote about the customs and lives of the islanders, whose beliefs about treating diseases by natural means, now seem like something from fantasy or magic.  
        For about a hundred years, from 1850 to 1950, time seems to have stood still in this place known as a "romantic island of fishermen surrounded by tropical seas". The transformation began in 1953 as a result of the highway built between Valladolid and Puerto Juarez, which ended the monotony and lethargy of the inhabitants of Isla Mujeres.
    By 1957, small hotels had been built to house visitors, who arrived in increasing numbers. The first large hotel was opened in 1964 on the northern end of the island, and was named Zazil-Ha. After 1971, things began to accelerate with the initiation of Project Cancun, which converted the island into a destination for hundreds of thousands of visitors who are attracted by its culture, natural beauty, beaches, diving, Mayan-Caribbean food, and especially by its tranquility and safety. 
      As a result of the cultural fusion of the Mayan-Hispanic customs, Isla Mujeres has a rich wealth of traditions and legends, some of which are common to all parts of Mexico, and others are native to the island. Traditions that are celebrated include: Carnaval, Regattas, Easter (Semana Santa), Whale Shark Festival, Foundation Festival, Day of the Fishermen, Hanal Pixan (Food for the Souls) and Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), and festivals for the Virgin Mary including,  La Candelaria (Candlemass), La Asunción (the Assumption), La Caridad (Our Lady of Charity), la Guadalupana (Guadalupe, the patron saint of Mexico) and la Virgen de la Inmaculada Concepción (Our Lady of Immaculate Conception, who is the patron saint of the island). 
      In addition to the legend of Mundaca's infatuation for La Trigueña, there are legends of buried treasure, of pirates appearing among the sand dunes, of Gypsies and Chinese who rise from the sea to bewitch the islanders, of a headless Negro accompanied by a large dog with demonish eyes that glow in the dark, of a giant, terrible monster called Huaypach that steals people's eyes, of a vampire that appears on the darkest nights to scare people, as well as the legends of  La Llorona, La Xtabay, El Kak, El Huaychivo, and El Cochino Encebado, among others.

 Cultural Heritage
     The architecture in Isla Mujeres is distinguished by the presence of Victorian style wooden houses, which are finely crafted with handmade details. There has been more than 2000 years of human activity on Isla Mujeres, which has left the remains of a cultural heritage in the form of an Observatory on the southern end of the isle, and a Sanctuary to Ixchel in the central part of the island. Also there are remains of the Hacienda Vista Alegre of Fermin Mundaca, which was representative of the agricultural-artisanal style of the mid-nineteenth century with the Classic Mudejar-Romano style, which was unique in this region.
     Included in residential architecture, we must not forget the simple oval Mayan hut made from palm and scrub-wood, which existed before the finely crafted Victorian wooden houses, that gave way to the cement and stone buildings with Mayan-Caribbean accents that are typical in the City of Isla Mujeres today.
      The customs of Isla Mujeres are a result of a combination Mayan and Hispanic cultural traditions. The gastronomy includes seafood dishes prepared with regional spices. The music, dance, and poetry have profound Mayan-Caribbean roots, which are preserved in dance schools and by La Trova Islena (band).  There are many vendors of a great variety of home made foods including all types of sweets, coconut water, tamales, roasted corn, cooked meats and seafood in tacos with a variety of sauces which include chiltomate and xnipec.
       On the beaches, traditional Tikinxic is very popular, which is a fish grilled over charcoal after being marinaded with achiote, which is sprinkled with vinegar and sea salt while cooking and covered with tomato slices, onion, and sweet peppers. There are a variety of types of ceviches and seafood stews, made with lobster, shrimp, octopus, squid, crab, conch, and other seafood of the area.
     There are bans that are observed on turtle, conch, lobster, grouper, and sharks, whose magical habitats add to the attractions of the unique and wonderful island, where reef sharks sleep, and lobsters march in formation around religious symbols placed under the seas, such as the Cross of the Bay or the Virgin of the Lighthouse Farito, which increase interest in conserving the natural wealth that is sheltered in our reefs.
      In conclusion, this is a magical town that grew from a fishing village, where the people are proud of their traditions of surviving hurricanes, and their customs have been forged by centuries of history. From the original Maya to the modern community, the islanders have learned to take advantage of the adversities that nature inevitably presents. Who would have doubts..after they encounter the balmy night breezes, while listening to pleasant chords from a guitar accompanying a love song, beneath the palm trees?

From Tvisla Mujeres ( link)

@Excellencegroup  achieved certification of 3 of their beaches! Mayor attended the raising of the white flags
Grupo @excellencegroup logra la certificación de 3 de sus playas! asiste alcalde al izamiento de banderas blancas


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles

Ultramar agrees
Cede Ultramar[+] Ver mas
     Isla Mujeres students who ride the ferry to Cancun to go to school recently created a list of demands to the Ultramar Ferry company, and manager Arturo Vega Baez came to an agreement with a representative for the students who study off the island and want discounts on weekends and assistance equal to the athletes, among other issues, according to their petition, which was released a few days ago. The manager accepted the list of requests, "in accordance with the policy of quality and service established at Ultramar, we are reviewing the petitions presented by student  José Alfonso López Tec and this group of passengers who requested that certain policies be changed in order to better suit to their needs."

 It was agreed to modify some (varios) of the original 14 requests, which include the following:

    Allowing the student discount prices on Saturday and Sunday because some students have classes or extracurricular activities on those days;
   To discount tickets according to the individual's schedule, because now they use the SEP calendar which doesn't match the schedules of many students. For this reason, students will be asked to file detailed records showing their school's schedule.
    Selling round trip tickets to the students (since it is inconvenient to go to the ticket booth at each side).
      Offering a special rate for parking, which is expensive. The students already had a discounted rate of 905 pesos a month, plus IVA, but now they will be able to park bicycles and motorcycles free of charge. However this proposal is subject to analysis, and the details will be determined.
         To improve treatment of the students and other passengers by Ultramar personnel. He said, "As a company dedicated to service; bad attitudes, mistreatment, or bad service are completely unacceptable. More resources will be dedicated in the area of HR and quality control, in order to ensure improved service. An action plan has been established, which includes short, medium, and long term actions, which will allow us to improve the quality of our services. Furthermore, the following phone line is available to our customers for comments or suggestions: (998) 242-6110.
         There will not be age restrictions for the student rate, which the students say is discriminatory, and regarding the financial support offered by the company; each case will be given individual consideration.

Support for Athletes

          In regard to helping athletes who are participating in official sports tournaments, Ultramar, "Is committed to sports, and to assisting in this area, by carrying teams to tournaments, and taking them when they need to go to Cozumel, or failing that, when other teams travel to Isla Mujeres for this purpose. You can contact Mari Carmen Sánchez at (998) 242-6110”.
        Regarding prices for those under 18 or who are being granted a different rate, the petition will be analyzed, and this will be defined.
         There is no charge for children and for people who are disabled, with a special rate for those who accompany them. If there is already an agreement with the Isla Mujeres DIF for this purpose, with free trips for the patient and a reduced rate for those accompanying them.
         Providing a separate line for residents during the whole year, and permit 40% of the capacity to be residents. API of Isla Mujeres has authorized a line for residents to be available during all hours of service. This will help to resolve a logistical problem, permitting residents to be 40% of those boarding. "There will be additional boats to meet the demands during peak hours." (API is the Port Authority who oversee the Maritime Terminal).
         Hiring 40% of their personnel from residents of Isla Mujeres which will facilitate greater sensitivity in service. "Currently Ultramar advertises job vacancies to the public in general using traditional methods such as newspapers, internet job sites, and via governmental portals. However, few applications are received from Isla Mujeres residents. It is possible that the information is not reaching the islanders. To remedy this, they will now announce vacancies on social networks of the island in hopes of reaching this population."

Notices from Isla Mujeres  
This information has already been translated.

"Antochistas" come from Campeche
“Antorchistas” llegaron desde Campeche. [+] Ver mas
    A dozen young people demonstrated their faith in the Virgin of Guadalupe by making a traditional procession across the Yucatan Peninsular, in honor of the appearance of the Virgin on the hill of Tepeyac, 484 years ago. Participants included Juan Bacab and Mateo Tep, who left Campeche several days ago, by bike, and were scheduled to arrive on the island Friday night. Every year, for more than a decade, this group participates in a procession of the Virginthrough downtown and the colonias. As the young people traveled through the streets of Campeche, Yucatan, and Quintana Roo, they visited shrines along the way, asking the blessings of religious leaders, as well as the goodwill of families who usually help them during their journey.
       In Isla Mujeres, there are usually more than 5000 participants in the annual procession. A Mass was scheduled for the antochistas at 7pm, when those who bring their images can have them blessed and the pilgrims will be welcomed. Following that celebration, there will be a procession around the island, and then at 10pm there will be another Mass at the Guadalupana Chapel. On Saturday, December 12, several unions, social groups, and hotels will celebrate and give thanks to the mother of God during the day, and later they will have a novena. At 5pm, there will be a Mass dedicated to children to give thanks, at the Church of Immaculate Conception.

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December events

Sunset ~6:05
Moonrise over the Caribbean

Dec. 25   6:46
Dec. 26   7:43
Dec. 27   8:38
Dec. 28   9:32
Dec. 29  10:24
Dec. 30 11:09
Dec  31  12:03am (Jan. 1)
Casa de Cultura:  The photography exhibition of Isla's biological diversity is scheduled to continue thru Dec. 7. It features 70 photographs of native flora & fauna by local amateur photographers, including city employees, and students, rotated in groups of 40.
Casa de Cultura: "Una Mujer en Isla Mujeres" continues thru Dec. 11.  Includes photographs and works on handmade bark paper.
  On Thursday Dec. 3  you are invited to come to the esplanade (outdoor plaza) of the Casa de Cultura Isla Mujeres for the 10p food samples (from 5-7) and the artist fair (from 4-9), & dance troupe performances.
  Thursday, Dec. 3 World Disabilities Day 4p March from police station to Salina Chica Green Dome where there will be workshops, educational activities, testimonials, and a performance by a pair of dancers from Cancun.  Cancelled due to weather
Friday, December 4 Inauguration of exhibition "A Tribute to the Mexican Muralistas" by the high school students of Bachilleres
 Nov 28 - Dec 8 Festival for the Virgin of Immaculate Conception, the Town Saint. is held annually. Link
Photos from two years ago (City press release)

 Saturday, Nov. 28  Church of Immaculate Conception Mass at 7p followed by the taking down of the icon and a procession thru downtown, followed by fireworks, with music and folkloric performances of traditional dances in regional clothing at the church esplanade

Festival events at 8p nightly.

Sunday, Nov. 29: Miraflores neighborhood guild, with music and a dance
 Monday, Nov. 30: The union of the Public Security Department (police) with a presentation of the  ballet folclórico at the Casa de la Cultura, starting at 8pm.
Tuesday, Dec. 1: Two groups. The CROC gastronomic union and the neighborhood guild of colonia Salina Chica, where the RDS dance troupe will perform at 8pm
Wednesday, Dec. 2: Colonia Salina Grande neighborhood guild, with a presentation by the Senior Citizens Dance troupe and a performance by local artists  César López and Anabel Burgos.
Thursday, Dec. 3: The cooperatives Caribe and Isla Bonita with a presentation of the ballet folclórico La Isleña at 8pm.
Friday, Dec. 4: Five groups together: Barrio de Pescadores, Cooperativa Adolfo López Mateos, Isla Bonita, Colonia El Cañotal, and the Youth Group, with a grand concert and a velada juvenil with Rene Francisco.
Saturday, Dec. 5: Four groups: Patria y Progreso fishing coop, Justicia Social fishing coop, el esperado woman's group, and the neighborhood guild of colonia La Gloria, with a presentation of the program  Lluvia de Estrellas (Cascade of Stars) with local singers. 
Sunday, Dec 6: The cooperative Isla Mujeres and the children's group, and the confirmations will take place
Monday, Dec. 7: Mega caravan with participation by all the people, with  Las Mañanitas being sung to the Virgin of Immaculate Conception at the chapels of  Caridad del Cobre, Sagrado Corazón and La Guadalupe.
Tuesday, Dec. 8: The guild of Las Conchitas, the first communions will take place, and the grand boat procession with dozens of vessels depart from the concrete pier at 4pm. THE POSTER SAYS 3P.
 8p Celebration (Gran Kermes), Dancing, Concert Town Square

   Dec. 11 Community Center in La Gloria   10a-12p: Human Rights Commission lecture about rights of people living w HIV or AIDS
    Dec. 11 Casa de Cultura:    noon  2p  Isla Mujeres-Caribbean Poetry Contest awards 

Dec. 11 Chapel of Guadalupe Salina Chica-overlooking the Caribbean  People gather to sing Las Mananitas to the Virgin of Guadalupe at midnight

 Dec. 12  Dia de la Virgen Guadalupe...patron saint of Mexico  Link to info about Guadalupe & Juan Diego    

 Dec. 12, Saturday 3pm there will be dozens of small children dressed as Juan Diego (who saw the vision of the Virgin of Guadalupe on the hill at Tepeyac, 484 years ago) and as shepherds and shepherdesses in a procession going ~2km from the downtown church to the Chapel of Guadalupe in colonia Salina Chica, where the priest will hold a mass at 5pm.
 Start of Guadalupe-Reyes Holiday period, which ends January 6th. School vacation begins Dec. 12

Dec, 16-24 Posadas Navidenas... There is usually a children's Posada play during this time  Link to information  
During the posadas, there is usually a dance on the town square, featuring dances & costumes from different regions of Mexico

Dec. 19 Annual Golf Cart Parade 6p from Bachilleres thru the colonias

Dec. 20 Cancun Hotel Zone area 5p  Annual decorated boat parade Link  

 Dec. 24  Noche Buena / Christmas Eve  

Dec. 25 Dia de Navidad / Christmas Day

Coming December 25-30! Performances by dance troupes of the National Congress of Mexican Folkloric Dance..."A fragment of the mosaic mural of Mayan culture"

Dec. 26  Usually the annual  Quinceaneras event and Mass at the Church of Immaculate Conception for young women who turned 15 during 2015 and who will be wearing beautiful gowns. More info TBA when available

Dec. 28 Dia de los Santos Innocentes  A day of practical jokes, similar to "April Fool's Day"  
Dec. 29  you are invited to come to the esplanade (outdoor plaza) of the Casa de Cultura Isla Mujeres for the 10p food samples (from 5-7) and the artist fair (from 4-9), & dance troupe performances.

Dec. 31  New Year's Eve  Usually celebrated with a large party on the square with fireworks and dancing until dawn or beyond. People observe the sunrise at Punta Sur on New Year's morn. Tables can be reserved in advance, until sold out. More info TBA when available.

Every Tuesday and Thursday: Free spay/neuter clinic  (Isla Animals)
 Consults 100p, Vaccines: parvo & distemper 50p, flea & tick meds 20p, wormer 10p. Helpers always welcome! Isla Animals, Mundaca Hacienda, 10am-4pm (No food morning of surgery/water ok)

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