Thursday, December 1, 2016

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Thursday, December 1

Scroll down for the NEW December Schedule of Events!!
Today there's a horse parade, a horse show, a march against AIDS & Health Fair, and the Artist Fair. 

This is the live webcam at North Beach / Playa Norte.  HERE is a timelapse version, that you can set to slow or fast (fps-frames per second). It takes a few seconds to load.
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  Both issues of The Isla Mujeres Magazine are here
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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles & photos

Mayor responds to citizen complaints & supervises maintenance to drainage system 

Respuesta inmediata

Garantiza Juan Carrillo a inquietudes ciudadanas: Supervisa obras en sistema de alcantarillado

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 30 de noviembre.-
Leer más..Full article at this link.

Property tax discounts 

Aprobados, descuentos en predial

Cabildo determina 25% en favor de contribuyentes

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 30 de noviembre.-
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From the Municipal Facebook site.....  (  FB page link)

This afternoon, during the 4th Regular Session of City Council they approved the program of "Property Tax Discounts" with discounts of 10 to 25 percent, starting December 1at.
Esta tarde, durante la 4ta Sesión Ordinaria de cabildo, para beneficio de los isleños se aprobó el programa de "Descuentos del Impuesto Predial" con deducciones que van del 10 al 25 por ciento, iniciando su vigencia a partir de este primero de diciembre.

Link for Suggestions for Citizen's Forum, "Let's Discuss the Future" ¿Tienes más propuestas?
#PlatiquemosDelFuturo entrando a este link:

Coming soon! Sunday, Dec. 4 "Charlie & Friends" Marathon 7:30

This morning Mayor Juan Carrillo reviewed the storm drain grates to initiate maintenance work on those which are in poor condition, in response to complaints.
Esta mañana el presidente Juan Carrillo revisó las tapas de los registros que fueron reportados en mal estado por parte de los ciudadanos, para iniciar en los próximos días el trabajo de mantenimiento.

March for World Day in the Fight Against HIV & AIDS
Today, Thursday Dec 1  Starting at the Senior Citizen Facility and ending at the Bicentennial Dome in La Gloria at 5pm. Wear red. There will be a Health Fair at the dome, offering quick, free, anonymous testing for HIV, as well as other services.


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)

Suspensions of electrical services in downtown Isla Mujeres on Thursday due to work by the CFE between 8am an 2pm along Medina, Matamoros, Allende, and Nicolas Bravo.
Suspenderán suministro elétrico en primer cuadro de Isla Mujeres este jueves por trabajos de la CFE -…/

More than 300 athletes will be running in front of the Caribbean Sea of Isla Mujeres on Sunday in the Quiqui Run Series. It starts at 7:30 from Punta Sur. They arrive to the Garrafon dock and will run along the Caribbean coast.  
Más de 300 atletas correrán frente al Mar Caribe de Isla Mujeres el próximo domingo en el "Quequi Run Series" -…/


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Maintenance begun on drainage system 
Inician mantenimiento de la red pluvial. [+] Ver mas
  To prevent flooding, work is being done on the storm drain system including clearing the absorption wells and replacing broken grates. The Mayor toured the system and inspected the drains and grates that have problems in downtown and the colonias, and spoke about his administration's commitment  to these types of repairs and maintenance, for the benefit of the community and in response to citizen complaints.

Property tax discounts 
Descuentos en el pago del predial . [+] Ver mas
      Discounts in property tax payments will be offered in December, January, and February of 25, 15, and 10 percent, respectively. There is a 50 percent discount for members of the following unions: Sindicato del Colegio de Bachilleres, Maestros (SNTE), de Salud, Sutsaim, Sepomex, Sutage and Telecom. There are requirements including verification of the property and to not exceed 20,000 minimum daily salary units (72p). There are also discounts for the elderly and other certain parties. This begins December 1.
    The City expects to collect 48.3 million pesos in property tax for the year 2017, according to the 2017 Budget (Law of Income/Ley de Ingreso) that the City Council submitted to the legislature, which has a financial ceiling of 366.3 million pesos, which is 23% more than the current fiscal year.

Punta Sur structure at risk of falling  
Parador de punta sur en riesgo de caer [+] Ver mas
      Juan Alcaraz, who frequently visits Punta Sur with groups of visitors, recommended that the Punta Sur Turistic Parador should be inspected, following the collapse of the palapa at the park Las Iguanas.   The proximity of the sea makes the steel plates vulnerable, which join the wooden structure together. Thousands of tourists visit the area daily. There are also concerns about the Mundaca palapa.

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 Kitchen in a large studio. (Sur & Norte are identical)
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Large studio (Sur) with Queen & Single bed. Slider door & view are behind me.

Fine dining a few steps away at Da Luisa or try the traditional neighborhood eateries a couple blocks farther. Stroll five minutes southward down the coastal sidewalk to Mango Cafe, Bahama Mama, Brisas, or Manolitos. Walk less than 10 minutes southwest to shop at Chedraui or to dine at Green Verde, Kash Kechen Chuc, or other options. Visit marinas, bars, & beach clubs that are minutes away by bike or on foot. Our guests recommend the Yoga classes a couple villas away at hotelito Casa Ixchel. Fresh juice, produce & tortillas a few blocks away in the village, as well as a variety of other stores and small local restaurants.

December events

Sunset ~6:05p
Moon rise over the Caribbean
Dec. 13  6:12  Full Moon
Dec. 14  7:13
Dec. 15  8:15
Dec. 16  9:16
Dec. 17 10:14
Dec. 18 11:10 


The holiday period in Mexico from Dec. 12 to Jan. 6 is called Guadalupe-Reyes. In Isla Mujeres, this is preceded by patron saint festivities Nov. 28-Dec. 8.

Festivities for the Patron Saint the Virgin of Immaculate Conception on the Town Square

Nov. 28 Opening at 8p with the band Los Marlins .
Nov. 28, The Mestizas de Agua Salada;
Nov. 29, Folkloric dance troupe: Son del Caribe at 7:30p;
Nov. 30th, Academy La Isleña;
Dec. 1 Cavalcade (Horse procession) in Honor of the Virgin, noon;
Dec. 2, Dance group Añoranzas 7:30p
Dec. 3, Dance group Entorno and musical group Mar & Arena 7:30p
Dec. 4, Dance Studio Renatta and Academia La Isleña; 7:30p
Dec. 5,  Mestizas de Agua Salada; 7:30p
Dec. 5, Dance group Entorno; 7:30p
Dec. 6  Caravan procession at 6:30,
Dec. 7 Yucatan band Picante Plus 8p and “Las Mañanitas” will be sung to the Virgin
Dec. 8 Boat Procession of the Virgin in the Bay 3pm
Dec. 8 Day of the Virgin of Immaculate Conception

Events  at the end of the runway, in front of the car ferry 
Thursday, Dec. 1  Horse procession (12p), and a performance by horses & a band (4p).
Friday, Dec. 2   Bullfight  (4:30)
Saturday, Dec. 3 Rodeo  with a band (4:30).
Sunday, Dec. 4 Bullfight (4:30)
Thursday, Dec. 8 Bullfight with dwarfs (8p).


 Dec. 1 Artist Fair 4-9 Casa Cultura

 Thursday Dec 1  March for World Day in the Fight Against HIV & AIDS starting at the Senior Citizen Facility and ending at the Bicentennial Dome in La Gloria at 5pm. Wear red. There will be a Health Fair at the dome, offering quick, free, anonymous testing for HIV, as well as other services.

Dec. 4 "Charlie & Friends" Marathon 7:30 & 7:45a

Dec 12 Day of Virgin of Guadalupe, Mexico's patron Saint. Annually, there is a celebration the night before at the Chapel Guadalupana in Meteorolgocia (which overlooks the Caribbean, across from Mango cafe), with singing of Las Mananitas. People honor her with pilgrimages and efforts of endurance, such as the annual run around the island held on this day.. There is usually a procession in the afternoon with children dressed up as Juan Diego, shepherds, and shepherdesses, that may also have horses. Usually between the Chapel Guadalupana to the downtown church. I will update this info when it is available. Juan Diego saw the vision of the Virgin of Guadalupe on the hill at Tepeyac, 485 years ago.  See article below.

Thursday, Dec. 15 Artist Fair Casa de la Cultura 4-9

Dec. 21 Solstice

Dec, 16-24 Posadas Navidenas... There is usually a children's Posada play during this time. Last day of school  Link to general posada info    
During the Posadas, there is usually a dance on the town square, featuring regional dances & costumes from different states of Mexico. The schools may have Posada plays (renactments of Mary & Joseph being refused shelter. Posada means 'inn'.)

Just before Christmas, the government sponsors a procession of decorated carts and vehicles with a Santa going thru the colonias, playing music  tossing candy and small toys, There is also one by the residents, foreign & local, that is planned again this year. Previously, we've gathered just south of Bachilleres where the street is wide. Dates TBA. There is a decorated boat parade annually at Cancun.

The DIF (social service organization) usually collects toy donations for a big give away, as does Rueben's restaurant, where you can drop off donations now. Dates TBA. Kids in Mexico receive presents on King's Day/Dia de los Reyes on Jan. 6.
 Dec. 24  Noche Buena / Christmas Eve 
  Ultramar ferry is usually cancelled after ~11p, as well as the first crossing Christmas morn. Some businesses are not open in the evening, because families are celebrating together.  I will update the ferry info when it becomes available

  Dec. 25 Dia de Navidad / Christmas Day    

  Usually around this time the annual  Quinceaneras event and Mass are held at the Church of Immaculate Conception for young women who turned 15 during 2015 and who wear 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. 31  New Year's Eve Festival on the Town Square with live music and fireworks.  Tables can be reserved in advance, with information TBA. The last and first ferries are usually suspended.
   People observe the sunrise at Punta Sur on New Year's morn. 


Día de Guadalupe is an important holiday in Mexico
According to accounts published in both Nahuatl and Spanish in the 1600s, the image of the Virgin Mary appeared to the indigenous peasant, Juan Diego, in the hills of Tepeyac in the outskirts of Mexico City on December 9, 1531, when Juan Diego was on his way to the city from his village. (Later she appeared to his sick uncle also.) The dark-skinned young woman was surrounded by light & spoke in Nahuatl, telling Juan Diego that a church should be built in her honor at the top of Tepeyac hill, where there had once been an Aztec Temple to the goddess Tonantzin.
    But when Juan Diego related this to the Spanish archbishop, the cleric didn’t believe him and told him to go back to Tepeyac and ask the Virgin for a miracle.  The Virgin told Juan Diego to gather roses from the top of the hill (unseasonably and in an area of cactus & scrub). She helped arrange the flowers in Juan Diego’s tilmátli (cloak), and he carried them back to Mexico City.
     When he arrived on December 12 and opened his tilmátli in front of the archbishop, the image of the Virgin of Guadalupe had been imprinted onto the cloak. The tilmátli with the imprint is still on display at the Basilica de Guadalupe, one of the most visited shrines in the world.

Celebrating New Year's in Isla Mujeres

To celebrate New Year's Eve, many Isleno families set up tables in the streets with pinatas strung overhead, and dine on turkey stuffed with seasoned ground meat, while others crowd the Town Square for live music, dancing, and fireworks. Each neighborhood brings in the New Year with a bang, and the skies explode with color in all directions, including over Cancun. During the NYE countdown, there is a tradition of eating twelve uvas de buenas suerte (grapes of good luck), each representing a month, with a toast of champagne or cider. 
     Other customs include cleaning your house on New Year's Eve & sweeping out bad luck. Wearing red underwear could bring you love in the New Year, or  your white undies may bring you peace, while yellow represents wealth. Those who hope to travel, should grab an empty suitcase and carry it around the room or the block, and set it by the door. If you drop a shoe on New Year's morn and it lands "boca arriba" (face up)  you will enjoy good luck in the upcoming year.
        The old year is represented by a life sized character called El Viejo, The Old Man, who is later filled with fireworks and set ablaze. He may resemble a politician, and he is usually holding cigars & tequila. Fireworks are everywhere, and their names are  metralletas (literally "machine guns" – but it means fire crackers), cañones (larger fire crackers), voladores (rockets) in many different sizes, chifladores (whistlers), and barre pies ("foot sweepers", that shoot sparks while spinning on the ground). 
     Now it's time to shop for toys for the kids for Dia de los Reyes on January 6, and look up a recipe for rosca de reyes. King's cake, or they'll be available for sale. You eat this with hot chocolate, and if you get the means you'll be hosting a party & providing the tamales on Candlemas Day, Feb. 2.

The Artist's Fairs are scheduled twice a month, on the First and Third Thursdays, at the Casa de Cultura, 4-9. 

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