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A successful Noches Magicas performance was enjoyed by the audience at the Town Square Sunday evening, featuring the senior citizen dance troupe as well as local singers Aldahir Dávila and Mario Rubens García.
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Patron saint festivities continue LINK VIDEO
In an atmosphere of festivity and unity, on November 28, the City of Isla Mujeres, headed by the municipal president, Juan Carrillo Soberanis, with the citizenry, began the activities in honor of the Virgin of the Immaculate Conception, the patron saint of the island. The Mayor said, "Isla Mujeres is a municipality full of tradition and history, and all islanders are very committed to our faith, so I feel very honored to be part of the festivities and share these moments with all the citizens."
The festivities began with the 'descent of the Virgin' (taking the icon down from her niche and around the town in a procession) on Nov. 28 The traditional festival will feature cultural and artistic activities, which will continue thru Dec. 12. (Dia de Guadalupe).
On Nov. 28th there were performances by “Mestizos de Agua Salada” and “Grupo Oye”, as well as“Al Son del Corazón. On the 29th there was a performance by the dance troupe “Añoranzas de Isla Mujeres” and on the 30th by dancers from the academy “La Isleña”. On the 1st, the group “Entorno” performed and the traditional horse procession was on the 2nd. On the third were “Papadzul y su Moloche de Wiros” (at the bullring) and the “Noches Mágicas” performances (on the Town Square).
To continue with the festivities, on Dec. 4th there will be a the special presentation of the Senior Citizen's dance troupe, and on the 5th will be the "Enanitos Toreros" (Bullfighters of diminutive stature). On the 6th, there will be a light and sound show; and on the 7th is the famous "Nani Namú" performer, the group "Picante plus", the procession and the mañanitas (singing to the Virgin of Immaculate Conception at midnight was her day starts). On the 8th are bullfights and the boat procession in the Bay. (And she is returned to her niche). On the 10th is a lasso tournament, and on the 12 they end with the "Enanitos Toreros" (bullfighters of diminutive stature). (Also las mañanitas are sung to Our Lady of Guadalupe, patron saint of Mexico, on the night of Dec. 11 at the Guadalupe Chapel overlooking the Caribbean in Salina Chica and there is usually a run in the morning of the 12th, starting from the church on the Town Square.).
The Mayor said, "We want all islanders to have fun and experience these traditions. As the municipal government we are committed to continue them and promote them to the new generations so that they never get lost because they are an important part of our cultural identity."
Important dates like this, in which the municipal government and the community work hand in hand celebrating their history and tradition, enhance the beauty of Isla Mujeres, and make it more attractive for tourism, both national and foreign, who come to participate in the activities, generating significant economic benefits for all island families.
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The municipal government & citizenry work together to preserve our traditions: Patron Saint Festivities LINK
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Many tourists arriving on ferries & other boats
Turismo activa flota naviera.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
Tourism movement was active on Sunday, although most of the ferries and boats were filled to 60 percent capacity. There were sufficient tourists to rent all 700 golf carts by noon, and the beaches were busy, with many visitors enjoying the nice weather.
As of early afternoon, there had been no incidents and police were providing security and doing patrols at the beaches as well as other parts of the island. The lifeguards were busy keeping swimmers out of the navigation channel, and within the designated swimming areas. This area has been affected by the growth of the beach and sand filling in the area near the navigation channel.
The most visited sites, after the beach, are Punta Sur, the Sculpture Park, Garrafón, Mundaca, Tortugranja, Sac-bajo, Malecón Caribe walkway and other points of interest for visitors to "connect with nature".
More than 200 tourists visited the National Park of Isla Contoy, and the National Marine Park of Isla Mujeres-Cancun was full of people visiting sites of interest such as Manchones, the Underwater Museum, Cruz de la Bahía/Cross of the Bay, and snorkeling near el Farito lighthouse.
A weather report is given for Monday: : Tropical maritime air influx with variable moisture content from the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea to the Yucatan Peninsula, "is creating stable and hot weather, cool temperatures at dawn, cloudiness and scattered rains isolated on some locations of Quintana Roo, more frequent in the afternoon or evening."
For the municipalities of Lázaro Cárdenas, Isla Mujeres, Benito Juárez, Puerto Morelos, Solidaridad and Cozumel, east and northeast winds are expected to be less intense, from 15 to 25 kilometers per hour, and occasional gusts.
Concern about proposed increase in hotel tax
Perjudicial incrementar impuesto al hospedaje] Ver masFull article at this link
The government of Quintana Roo has proposed an increase in the current 3 percent Lodging Tax (IAH). Gerardo Magaña, vice president of the Association of Small Hotels Fascinante of Isla Mujeres, said that the IAH tax should not be increased because that would be detrimental and would complicate the negotiations for the sales of rental rooms. Therefore, Mr. Magana suggests that the state should impose a 2 percent service charge tax on all leasers, such as golf cart rental agencies, and on other tourism service providers.
He said that charging more tax to the visitor when they seek to stay in small hotels, would involve less sales, who are already having problems with low occupancy.
Mr Magana also said tourism promotion for the island should be removed from the OVC Cancun Visitors & Convention Department and returned to the island municipal agency for tourism promotion (Fideicomiso de Promoción) which was closed at the beginning of the administration of former Governor Borge. It is estimated that Isla Mujeres rentals contribute 10 million pesos annually in IAH taxes.
Fervor católico [+] Ver masFull article at this link
This information has been translated already and also notes that the various guilds, cooperatives, groups, and other organizations are having festivities among themselves, while the regional costumes and dancers on the town square are being enjoyed by tourists and islanders alike, as well as the events at the bullring, which is set up at the north end of the runway for the second consecutive year.
Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo's Isla articles & photos LINK
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Nov. 28-Dec. 8 Annual Festivities honoring the Patron Saint: Our Lady of Immaculate Conception
Which include a small carnival, a bullring, nightly performances on the Town Square (which start at 8p), and a boat procession on Dec. 8th, as well as private celebrations by the 20+ groups involved in the festivities. The horse procession is scheduled for Dec. 2, starting at 1p going to the colonias & the Sacred Heart Church, and finishing at the ring at the north end of the runway, where there will be cowboy-horse performances. Events at the ring begin at 6:30 except Nani Namu.
The comic bullfights with matadors of diminutive stature are Tues. 5th & Tues. 12th. There's a Lasso tournament on Sun, Dec.10th. All events at the ring at the north end of the runway start at 6:30p, except Nani Namu & the horse procession.
Fri & Sat. Dec 1 & 2 M.C. Mala Noche will celebrate their first anniversary this weekend at the Casa de la Cultura starting at 11 am on Saturday and at Playa Centro on Sunday with live music, competitions, and other fun activities.
Sun. Dec. 3 Noches Magicas 8p Town Square with the DIF Senior Citizen Dance Troupe and singers Rebens Garcia and Aldahir Davila
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
Full moon Sun. Dec. 3
|Dec. 3 6:30|
Dec. 4 7:30
Dec. 5 8:33
Dec. 6 9:37
Dec. 7 10:39
Dec. 8 11:39
Sun. Dec.10 Noches Magicas 8p Town Square
Mon. Dec.11 There will be a gathering in the evening at the coastal chapel dedicated to Guadalupe in Salina Chica, probably with Mariachis, to sing Las Mañanitas and honor her.
Tues. Dec. 12 Dia de Guadalupe, the Patron Saint of Mexico.There is usually a run in the morning from the downtown church to Punta Sur to the Guadalupe Chapel.There is usually a procession in the afternoon with children dressed up as Juan Diego, shepherds, and shepherdesses, probably between the Chapel Guadalupana and the downtown church,
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).
Thurs. Dec.14 Artist Fair Casa de la Cultura 3-8p
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'.
Sun. Dec.17 Noches Magicas 8p Town Square
Thurs. Dec. 21 Artist Fair Casa de la Cultura 3-8p
Thurs. Dec. 21 Winter Solstice
Sat. Dec. 23 5:30p - 8:30p Golf Cart Parade with residents tossing toys & treats to children
Sun. Dec. 24 Christmas Eve Usually the last ferry is cancelled and some businesses may be closed, especially in the evening, while families celebrate together.Noches Magicas will probably be suspended.
Mon. Dec. 25 Christmas Usually the first ferry is cancelled.
Thurs. Dec.28 Artist Fair Casa de la Cultura 3-8p
Thurs. Dec. 28 Wednesday Dia de los Santos Innocentes A day of practical jokes, similar to "April Fool's Day"
Sun. Dec.31 New Year's Eve celebration on the Town Square. Tables can be purchased in advance, details TBA. The last ferry is usually cancelled.Noches Magicas will probably be 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 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.
Sources for Weather Information:
LINK to Civil Protection Q Roo weather bulletin (Spanish)
LINK to Mexico National Weather Service (Spanish)
LINK to satellite images for the Mexico National Weather Service (Yucatan peninsula is under Satellite GOES Este, I recommend "Animacion" (it used to be in my blog margin, until Blogger became incompatible with it).
LINK to a private weather station on Isla Mujeres