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Ensuring security and safety
Refrenda Juan Carrillo compromiso, durante la presente temporada vacacional en ínsulaLanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 26 de diciembre.-
Christmas festivities without major incidents
Sostienen instancias encargadas de la seguridad municipal
ISLA MUJERES, 26 de diciembre.-
ISLA MUJERES, 26 de diciembre.-
There were no major injuries or deaths reported on Christmas Eve or Christmas. One person was scraped when riding a scooter when they were caught on a fishing rope, but there were no major injuries or regrettable incidents.
From the Municipal Facebook site..... ( FB page link)
During these celebrations, you are invited to put trash in its place to maintain the good image of Isla Mujeres.
En estas fiestas te invitamos a depositar la basura en su lugar para mantener la buena imagen de #IslaMujeres.
Happy New Year
Ensuring that Isla Mujeres has a supply of fuelThe Mayor issued a statement about taking actions to ensure a fuel supply for the island, and gave assurances that the vehicles for police, trash collection, and other services have fuel and that public services are ongoing and uninterrupted.
The downtown gas station was selling fuel again yesterday evening, and the one near Bachilleres was open this morning. The Bachilleres station had been closed recently for safety infractions and the downtown station was out of gas yesterday afternoon.
From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)
Mayor gives assurances regarding fuel supply
Aggressor who allegedly stabbed a minor is behind bars
From por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos
Ultramar raises rates
Ultramar eleva tarifas[+] Ver mas Full article at this link
On Friday, Ultramar increased the cost of tickets from 82 pesos one way and 164 round trip to 100 pesos one way and 200 pesos round trip, which is an increase of 22 percent. The discounted rate of 84 pesos for locals with identification was not changed, nor were the discounts for seniors and students (when they are not on vacation).
It has been nearly a year since the Magana ferries stopped running, and the arrival of Barcos Caribe ferries has been suspended, who were expected to offer more affordable rates for both locals and visitors.
When the Harbor Master, Ismael Gonzales, was asked about the increase in tourist rates by Ultramar, he said it would have to be reviewed to ensure it was registered with the SCT (Department of Communication and Transport) and within the approved range of prices.
Coordination of security
Coordinación en materia de seguridad[+] Ver masFull article at this link
The Mayor, Juan Carrillo Soberanis, praised the good coordination of security being done by the three levels of government to ensure the safety of tourists who visit this destination and of residents, during this holiday period. This includes preventative programs such as the "Zero Alcohol" breathalyzer, which is an ongoing measure to reduce accidents. Authorities will also be monitoring bars, clubs, and restaurants to ensure the sale of quality drinks that are unadulterated, and to ensure the night time celebrations are peaceful.
He said the well being of islanders and visitors is taken very seriously, and the three levels of government will continue to work together to ensure that everyone enjoys a peaceful vacation. The agencies working together include Tránsito y Seguridad Pública (Police and Traffic Police), Protección Civil y Bomberos (Civil Defense & Firefighters), Policía Turística (Tourism Police), la Cruz Roja (Red Cross) and la Quinta Región Naval (Navy).
Youth receives two stab wounds
Adolescente herido de dos puñaladas. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
An eleven year old youth was taken to a hospital in Cancun for treatment of two stab wounds in the neck and chest, which did not cause a risk to his life, according to medical reports. The alleged aggressor, Alejandro Barrales, 26, was taken to prison after he was captured by residents, who stopped him forcefully, after he tried to escape over the roofs of houses. He received several blows from the angry neighbors, and was given medical attention at the police station,. He could face charges of attempted murder and assault. It was later reported that his injuries were minor.
The incident occurred around 1pm at a pink two-story house on Calle Rayador, and he was captured along the street "Isla Contoy" near colonia Canotal and colonia La Gloria. It appears the relatives of the father of the 11 year old will file the complaint. It appears the child's parents are separated, with indications that his father is working in Tampico, and has been concerned since learning of the incident. The presence of Sr. Barrales in the home would seem to indicate that the youth's mother may have a relationship with him. (TVIM reports he appears to be her ex-boyfriend and came to the house where the boy was playing a video game & that it is unknown whether they argued before the incident or whether the aggressor was under the influence of drugs or alcohol.)
Residents were upset and concerned over this bloody incident. Various parents spoke about children needing more attention, and the problems of alcohol and drug abuse.
Rescue of dog that was run over
Rescate de perro atropellado [+] Ver masFull article at this link
Images were shared on social media of a dog who had been hit by a car, and a person called veterinarian Delfino Guevara, who came to the rescue with another specialist, and took the animal and gave her medical treatment. The dog was stable and expected to do well in the upcoming hours, with a risk of wound infection.
During these holidays, there is widespread use of fireworks by children, and it is thought that the dog may have become frightened and disoriented and was hit by a taxi. Residents put the images on social networks to raise awareness about many pet owners who neglect their dogs and irresponsibly leave them loose to run in the streets. The photos are graphic and bloody, and the owner of the dog is unknown, but it is assumed they were busy with celebrations and not caring for their pet.
A resident spoke against fireworks in the streets, and said some people want their use restricted. A study indicated that when they burn, they release chemical elements that cause pollution, and do not easily disappear from plants and water. It is said that fireworks can be made without this element and be more ecological and safe, but that they are an annoyance to domestic animals, the elderly, and the natural environment.
Celebration by Catholics
La Iglesia Católica, de “manteles largos”ó.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
Hundreds of Catholic families gathered at the Convention center to celebrate the eighth anniversary of father Raul Sanchez Alonso's ordination as a priest and his five years of leading the parish of Isla Mujeres. He was born in Aguascalientes, studied medicine in Rome and as a priest in Spain. He was ordained in Cancun eight years ago where he did pastoral work for three years, and then he arrived to the island, where he has worked among the Catholic congregation for five years. The celebrations included songs, prayers, food, and entertainment.
The priest often works long hours listening to and counseling troubled people and he promotes family integrity and activities to save children from problems with drugs, alcohol, and digital devices. He celebrated several masses at various churches around the isle, encouraging Christians to use the experiences of Christ as a guide.
|View from the rooms.|
MaraVilla Caribe Bed & Beach Three rentals with large glass doors overlooking our white sand beach and the beautiful Caribbean sea, with kitchenettes & free WIFI. In the coastal neighborhood of Bachilleres, among upscale villas & boutique hotelitos, convenient to downtown or the colonias, yet separate. Quiet & Private.
|Kitchen in a large studio. (Sur & Norte are identical)|
|Kitchenette in small room, Medio. There's a table & chairs across from it & a double bed.|
|A large slider opens from each of the 3 rooms onto the patio where each has a table & chairs, hammock & clotheslines. The BBQ is behind the pole, and the outdoor shower is outa the pic at left.|
|Large studio (Norte), I'm standing in the kitchen. A queen & single bed.|
Free amenities such as hammocks, bikes, outdoor shower, portable beach chairs & beach towels, washer, loungers. Breathtaking panoramic views from the rooftop terrace. Upstairs room also available. Downtown is ~ a mile away; if you don't feel like walking or biking, flag a $2 taxi. Parking. You can enjoy the music & crowds downtown, then come home our quiet neighborhood of Bachilleres where you'll sleep to the sounds of the sea.. $275/$325/$425 wk $40/50/$65nt Monthly Discounts
|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.
The holiday period in Mexico from Dec. 12 to Jan. 6 is called Guadalupe-Reyes (from Dia de Guadalupe to Dia de los Reyes/King's Day). 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
At the bullring at the end of the runway, by the car ferry
Provided by MaraVilla Caribe & Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events
Dec. 1 Thursday
12p Horse procession
4-9p Artist Fair at Casa Cultura w live music, craft beer, food, & art.
5p Anti-AIDS/HIV march & Health Fair at Bicentennial Dome La Gloria
6p Horse performance & live music 6p North end of runway.
Dec. 2 Friday
4:30p Bullfight at North end of runway
7:30p Dance group Añoranzas at Town Square
Dec. 3 Saturday
4:30p Rodeo & live music at North end of runway
7:30p Dance troupe Entorno and band Mar & Arena at Town Square
Dec. 4 Sunday
7:30a Charlie & Friends Marathon 5 & 10km Garrafon/P.Sur along Caribbean coast
4:30p Bullfight at North end of runway
7:30p Dance Studio Renatta and Academia La Isleña at Town Square
Dec. 5 Monday
7:30p Mestizas de Agua Salada dance troupe at Town Square
Entorno dance troupe at Town Square
Dec. 6 Tuesday 6:30p Caravan procession for Patron Saint
Dec. 7 Wednesday 8p Yucatan band Picante Plus at Town Square
“Las Mañanitas” will be sung to the Virgin at Town Square
Dec. 8 Thursday Day of the Virgin of Immaculate Conception
3pm Boat Procession of the Virgin in the Bay
8p Bullfight with Dwarfs North end of runway
4-9 Art Fair at Casa de Cultura
Dec. 10 Saturday 8p
Dec. 11 Sunday Celebration in honor of the Virgin of Guadalupe at the Chapel Guadalupana in Meteorolgocia (which overlooks the Caribbean, across from Mango cafe), with singing of Las Mananitas before midnight, possibly with Mariachis.
Dec 12 Monday Day of Virgin of Guadalupe, Mexico's patron Saint.
People honor her with pilgrimages and efforts of endurance, such as the annual run around the island, which will probably be held in the morning, usually from the downtown church to Punta Sur to the Guadalupe Chapel.
There is a procession in the afternoon with children dressed up as Juan Diego, shepherds, and shepherdesses usually between the Chapel Guadalupana and the downtown church, and sometimes there are horses. Juan Diego saw the vision of the Virgin of Guadalupe on the hill at Tepeyac, 485 years ago.
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
Painting by Pam Haase
Dec. 15, Thursday
4-9 Artist Fair Casa de la Cultura Art, music, food, craft beer
Dec, 16-24 Posadas Navidenas.
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, which are reenactments of Mary & Joseph being refused shelter. Posada means 'inn'.
Dec. 17 Saturday 5:30p Resident parade of decorated golf carts thru the colonias, tossing candy & toys
Dec. 18 Sunday 8p Noches Magicas on the Town Square
Dec. 21 Wednesday Solstice
This is a holiday play with black humor, in Spanish.
You can drop off donations of toys at Rueben's restaurant, across from the Mercado on Guerrero. Kids in Mexico receive presents on King's Day/Dia de los Reyes on Jan. 6. Currently the DIF is collecting blankets, coats, and other warm items for residents in need in the Continental Zone on the mainland.
Dec. 22 Thursday Art & Food Fair Thursday 5-9 at the Casa de la Cultura with electronic jazz by Chucho, various types of Tamales, craft beer, & photos with Santa Claus!
Dec. 24 Saturday 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.
Dec. 25 Sunday Dia de Navidad / Christmas Day The first ferries may be suspended. No Noches Magicas performances.
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 Wednesday Dia de los Santos Innocentes A day of practical jokes, similar to "April Fool's Day"
Dec. 29 Thursday 4-9 Artist Fair Casa de Cultura. Art, food, craft beer, music.
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 ferries are usually suspended.
Jan. 1 New Year's Day People observe the sunrise at Punta Sur The first ferries are usually suspended.
Celebrating New Year's in Isla Mujeres
To celebrate New Year's Eve, some Isleno families set up tables in the side 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.
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. The party on the town square continues all night long. At the other end of the isle, people gather at Punta Sur to greet the first rays of the sun at the eastern-most point in Mexico.
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 spin on the ground & shoot sparks).
Kids receive toys on Dia de los Reyes, January 6, when families, friends, and coworkers share rosca de reyes. King's cake, usually with hot chocolate. If you get the Baby Jesus,it means you'll be hosting a party & providing the tamales on Candlemas Day, Feb. 2.
The Artist's Fairs are scheduled