Friday, December 4, 2015

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Friday, December 4

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  Both issues of 
The Isla Mujeres Magazine
 to benefit Isla charities 
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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles

"Holy Door" blessing by Monsignor Pedro Pablo

Monseñor Pedro Pablo Elizondo encabezará ceremonia en festejos a la Inmaculada Concepción

Lanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 3 de diciembre.-
 On Sunday December 6, Monsignor Pedro Pablo Elizondo will bless the Holy Door of the church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception of Isla Mujeres, after the confirmation ceremonies, but it will not opened, said local priest, Raul Sanchez Alonso.
      He explained that the Holy Door of Isla Mujeres will be opened on Tuesday, December 8, at 7pm, after the maritime procession of the Virgin of the Immaculate Conception, before the return of the icon to her niche, which is a sign of the culmination of the patron saint festivities. (Dec. 8 is the Day of the Virgin of Immaculate Conception.)
     He said the main door of the church is being adapted, which will include at least 12 metal plates, in honor of this event which begins on Dec. 8 and ends on Nov. 20, 2016. On the plates will be images of the following: the arrival of Francisco Hernandez de Cordoba in 1517, the baptism, an outline of the Boca Iglesias church, of the Tres Nichos ( Three Niches) where the three icons of the Virgin de la Concepcion were found, and of the three fishermen who found the icons. On the other door will be the shield  (escudo-coat of arms) of the Vatican with the shield of Pope Francisco, a map of Quintana Roo with the shield of Bishop Pedro Pablo, and a map of Isla Mujeres with the shield of Isla Mujeres.
     The Holy Door of the cathedral will be opened at the same time  as the Holy Doors in the church of Guadalupe in Cancun, and of the churches of the Virgin of Immaculate Conception in Isla Mujeres, Playa del Carmen, Cozumel, Felipe Carrillo Puerto, and Chetumal. 
        The Holy Door designation is granted to the parish of our Lady of Immaculate Conception in Isla Mujeres for having the first construction in the prelature, which refers to Boca Iglesias, where the first two Christians were baptized: Melchior and Julian, and this is the place where evangelizing in New Spain began. 
      The priest explained that all who come to Isla Mujeres and pass through the Holy Door of the church or Our Lady of Immaculate Conception will obtain plenary indulgence.

Mayor ensures year-end bonuses will be paid on time & in full  

Asegura Agapito Magaña

Lanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 3 de diciembre.-
  The Mayor, Agapito Magana Sanchez, explained which of these payments were already made in mid November, and which will paid on schedule in upcoming days, according to law and union agreements. This includes the first half of the year end bonus-aguinaldo by December 24th, and the second half, which is due by mid January. Benefits include the savings fund, vacation pay, economic days, both aguinaldo payments, and the Christmas basket, and of course the salaries for December will be paid.
   Last year payment of year-end benefits for about 1000 workers cost about 20 million pesos and this year that amount is expected to increase


From the Municipal Facebook site.....  (you can join this FB page at this link)

Thursday morning, at the City Councils sessions number 57 & 58, there was analysis and revision of two regulations: The Citizen Participation was assigned to the Commission of Social Development and Citizen Participation, and the Animal Welfare and Protection was assigned to the Commission of Public Health and Social Assistance, respectively. 
La mañana de este jueves se llevaron a cabo la Quincuagésima Séptima y Quincuagésima Octava Sesiones Ordinarias de Cabildo en las que se entregaron para su análisis y revisión, dos reglamentos: el de Participación Ciudadana se entregó a la Comisión de Desarrollo Social y Participación Ciudadana, y el de Protección y Bienestar Animal se entregó a la Comisión de Salud Pública y Asistencia Social, respectivamente.

Dec.. 3: Anniversary of the birth of Adolfo Ruiz Cortinez   
Hoy 3 de Diciembre, Aniversario Luctuoso de Adolfo Ruiz Cortínez.
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
Por razones climatológicas, la caminata del DIF Isla Mujeres programada para hoy se SUSPENDE.FAVOR DE COMPARTIR EL AVISO.

Dec. 3 International Day of Persons with Disabilities 
Hoy 3 de Diciembre, Día Internacional de las Personas con Discapacidad.


link to Quequi's Isla Mujeres articles  

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From Tvisla Mujeres ( link)


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles

Tourists left without a beach 
Turistas se quedaron sin playa. [+] Ver mas
  A dispute continues concerning a concession over an area of beach in the Federal Zone between businessmen Carlos Cervera Peraza, and Jorge Cardenas Bazan. The former has filed multiple complaints with the Attorney General's Office (PGR) and the Public Prosecutor's Office, and  a temporary injunction has been issued. He showed documents and receipts indicating he has paid for the concession on the disputed area. He said at 2am his beach furniture was being removed, which he says is burglary, and then a makeshift fence was hastily erected. After all this fuss, the tourists renting his six rooms decided to leave on Thursday morning, because of the noise, conflict, and now the access and view to the beach was closed off. He had called the police who arrived and said they just saw people working, but there was no vandalizing or removal as had been reported on the telephone.

Fishermen give thanks to the Virgin of Immaculate Conception 
Pescadores agradecen a la Inmaculada Concepción.. [+] Ver mas

"Holy Door" in Isla Mujeres  
“Puerta Santa” en Isla Mujeres. [+] Ver mas

City paying year end bonuses 
A duras penas, la comuna paga aguinaldose.. [+] Ver mas

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Fine dining a few steps away at Da Luisa or try the traditional neighborhood eateries a couple blocks farther. Stroll five minutes down the coastal sidewalk to Mango Cafe, Bahama Mama, Brisas, or Manolitos. Walk less than 10 minutes to shop at Chedraui or to dine at Green Verde, Kash Kechen Chuc, or Seso Loco. 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 ~6:05
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
This free photography exhibition continues thru Monday Dec. 7, featuring the biological richness of Isla Mujeres and its native flora and fauna at the Casa de la Cultura Isla Mujeres. It includes 70 photos, rotated thru in groups of forty, taken by local amateur photographers.

 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 Kermesse), Dancing, Concert Town Square

Dec. 11 Casa de Cultura noon  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    

 Start of Guadalupe-Reyes Holiday period, which ends January 6th.

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.

A New Year's article I wrote a couple years ago entitled "Did you eat twelve grapes? What color is your underwear?"
        In Isla Mujeres, families celebrated the arrival of the New Year together. Some set up tables in the streets and dined on turkey stuffed with ground beef, with pinatas strung overhead, while others crowded the zocolo downtown for the bands and main fireworks. Every neighborhood brought in the New Year with a Bang, and the skies exploded with color in all directions. The stores have been selling dried salted cod, "bacalao", a traditional New Year's food that is pronounced "bah-kah-LAH-oh". 
       The newspapers mentioned the tradition of eating twelve grapes. These uvas de buenas suerte (grapes of good luck) should be consumed  during a countdown, and each represents one month. The champagne toast is often an inexpensive cider that is shared by the whole family. 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, and yellow represents wealth. Chocolate coins also represent wealth. Those who hoped to travel, grabbed an empty suitcase and took it around the block a couple times, or may have set it by the door, or circled it in the living room. 
        The old year may be represented by a life size character called El Viejo, The Old Man, who is filled with fireworks and set ablaze in the street.  He may represent a politician, or he may be holding cigars & tequila. Fireworks are everywhere, and their names include  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). 
      If you drop a shoe on New Year's morn and it lands "boca arriba" (mouth/face up)  you will enjoy good luck in the upcoming year. 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 the next party & providing the tamales on Candlemas Day, Feb. 2.

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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