Saturday, March 31, 2018

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Saturday, March 31

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

There are no new posts today on the IM Ayuntamiento FB site.


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)

TVIM also had a picture of the golf cart and the sign PHOTO  


This photo is by Noti Isla Mujeres. The caption said:  "The golf cart mounted the sign on Rueda Medina Avenue in the heart of Isla Mujeres".


Parroquia Inmaculada Concepción Isla Mujeres's post.
Photos courtesy of Juan Bautista Novelo. The Viacrusis yesterday.


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Commemoration of the Passion & Death of Christ  
Conmemoran Pasión y Muerte de JesúsVer masFull article at this link

      Yesterday, thousands of Catholics participated in the representation of the Passion and Death of Christ, in the midst of intense heat, with many children participating in the five-kilometer walk, from the Colonia La Gloria to the Town Square in front of the church of the Immaculate Conception. This is the 26th annual reenactment. There was some participation by tourists and by visitors from nearby locations. Many women carried parasols to mitigate the strong rays of the sun.
      The procession was led by the parish priest Raúl Sánchez Alonso, in the company of the priest Rafael Weimar, who came as a guest from Rome to witness the Catholic faith in these places on the occasion of the representation of the crucifixion of our Savior. 
      Shortly after 11:00 am, the event began outside of the Sacred Heart of Jesus church, where the the reenactment portrayed Jesus, after his arrest, tried by the Sanhedrin of Jerusalem and sentenced by the procurator Pilate to be whipped 
   The next part of the narrative from the Gospels of the Bible, was portrayed at the Guadalupe Chapel in colonia Meteorológico, where the first stations were reenacted before the large group of ~3000 people, including children, went from Jesus Martinez Ross avenue, at 12:50, and then from Othón P. Blanco street to travel down Rueda Medina.
    For more than an hour, a stretch of two kilometers was closed for the Viacrusis to travel, and an explanation of the stations is given. The crucifixion began at 3pm. There was a celebration of the Seven Worda, and at 7pm the Silent Procession took place through downtown, with a similar event at the Sacred Heart of Jesus church in La Gloria.
    The security operation for this event reported a "saldo blanco" (no incidents) and the organizing committee thanked all the participants and the governmental support. 

60% occupancy rate at the small hotels 
Pequeños hoteles con 60% de ocupación [+] Ver masFull article at this link 
       The vice president of the Association of Small Hotels Fascinantes of Isla Mujeres, Gerardo Magaña, confirmed while their members are experiencing a occupancy rate of 60%, the larger properties and chains on the island and in the Continental Zone  of  ​​Punta Sam and Isla Blanca are reporting occupancy rates of 90 %.  Mr. Magaña said that from the first days of January, until this Wednesday, the occupation on average among the small hotels was 30 to 40%.  
       These small hotels have very accessible rates that do not exceed 800 pesos, or in some cases, and just over one thousand pesos for those in the three-star category. 
    The Department of Tourism is expecting to see a new record being set of 30,000 passengers in one day, according to its director Gustavo Rodriguez Orozco, who reported there has been a 'saldo blanco' (no major incidents). 

Navy rescued a minor  
Semar rescata a menor. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
    On Thursday afternoon, the Navy rescued a minor at North Beach "who had been dragged by the waves while she was doing water activities. Her relatives requested help from Naval personnel because the minor was dragged by the waves and current out toward the sea, so the lifeguard personnel of the Mexican Navy immediately went to her and helped, saving her life.
   The lifeguards explained that this type of event occurs when some parents go outside the boundary of the buoys that protect the swimmers, where the current becomes strong. A Civil Protection lifeguard said, "Even though we explain this to people, they tend to ignore the recommendation."
    With this incident, the Navy has rescued 30 swimmers on the beaches of Cancun, Puerto Juarez, and Isla Mujeres, in coordination with Civil Protection and other security personnel (during the Easter holidays).
  Emergency phone numbers are given, and email contact information.

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 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.
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Large studio (Norte), I'm standing in the kitchen. A queen & single bed.

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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. Within ten minutes walk are the restaurants Mango Cafe, Brisas, Manolitos,  Green Verde, Kash Kechen Chuc, and the large department store-grocery Chedraui. Visit marinas, bars, & beach clubs that are minutes away by bike or on foot. Attend 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. It takes 20-30  minutes to walk downtown.

March Events
Provided by MaraVilla Caribe & Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events

Thursday, March 1  Artist Fair 3-8p at the Casa de la Cultura on Guerrero Avenue at the cross street Abasolo
Full moon rising over the Caribbean 
March 1  6:46
March 2  7:46 
March 3   8:44
March 4   9:40
March 5  10:35
March 6  11:28
Feb. 4 11:00
Feb. 5  11:54 
Painting by Pamela Haase
Sunday, March 4 at 8pm: A special Noches Magicas event  on the Town Square to commemorate the 501st anniversary of the first Europeans visiting Isla Mujeres, and the 101st anniversary of the birth of Virgilio "El Chino" Fernandez. Featuring singers Aldahir Davila and Gregorio Sanches, as well as dance troupes Anoranzas de Isla Mujeres and El Talento con el Sabor del Caribe. Free

Monday, March 5 at 9am there will be a Civic Ceremony commemorating the 501st anniversary of the first visit by Europeans to Isla Mujeres. It will be held at the Paso de la Tirguena on the Eastern Malecon (near the public bathrooms by the Town Square, behind the old hospital.)

Thursday, March 8  Artist Fair 3-8p at the Casa de la Cultura on Guerrero Avenue at the cross street Abasolo 

Thursday, March 8 International Women's Day

Sunday, March 11 at 8pm: Noches Magicas event on the Town Square. Free 

Thursday, March 15  Artist Fair 3-8p at the Casa de la Cultura on Guerrero Avenue at the cross street Abasolo

March 16-19 ? Last year there was a Festival for San Jose

Sunday, March 18 at 8pm: Noches Magicas event on the Town Square. Free

Sunday, March 18 Oil Expropriation Day

Monday, March 19 Day off for Benito Juarez's birthday

Tuesday, March 20 Spring Equinox 

Wednesday, March 21 Birthday of Benito Juarez

Thursday, March 22  Artist Fair 3-8p at the Casa de la Cultura on Guerrero Avenue at the cross street Abasolo 

Sunday, March 25 Palm Sunday

Sunday, March 25 at 8pm: Noches Magicas event on the Town Square will feature a dance troupe performing Polynesian dances and three singers. Free.

This will be the 26th anniversary of the reenactment of the living Viacrusis (Passion of Christ-Stations of the Cross) in Isla Mujeres, which will begin in at the Catholic Church in La Gloria, stop at the Chapel in Salina Chica, and end at the Town Square.
"IC" means Immaculate Conception church on the Town Square.
"SH" means Sacred Heart of Jesus church in La Gloria.
The schedule for Masses is listed under "Hora de Misa".

March 25 Palm Sunday
IC-9:30a Representation of Jesus entering Jerusalem, & Procession with Branches to the Posada del Mar.
SH-11:30a & 7:30p Procession with Branches from Mundaca

March 29 Holy Thursday/Maudy Thursday
IC-8:30p Representation of Last Supper & Washing of Feet
SC-9p Washing of Feet

March 30 Holy Friday
SC-10:30a The Live Representation of the Viacrusis/Passion of Christ
Guadalupana-11:30a Viacrusis Continued (Pilate & Herod)
IC-3p Representation of the Crucifixion
3:30p Celebration of the Seven Words
7p Silent Procession, Rosary of Reflection/grief, and adoration of the Cross.

March 31 Holy Saturday
IC-9p Representation of the Resurrection

April 1 Easter Sunday
Normal Mass schedule

Thursday, March 29  Artist Fair 3-8p at the Casa de la Cultura on Guerrero Avenue at the cross street Abasolo

Friday, March 30 Good Friday The Via Crusis, reenactment of the Passion of Christ, begins at the Sacred Heart Church in La Gloria. It includes more than 50 actors and travels 5 km to the Immaculate Conception Church downtown where the crucifixion will be reenacted. They will pause at the Guadalupe Chapel in Salina Chica along the way. 

Sunday, April 1 Easter 
  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   

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