Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Tuesday, December 1

The DECEMBER EVENTS SCHEDULE has been posted....scroll down.

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)

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The second issue of 
The Isla Mujeres Magazine
 to benefit Isla charities 
 is online, 
featuring  a variety of talented writers and photographers!

  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles

Delivery of precartilla documents
On Saturday, Dec. 5 at 9am at the Municipal Recruitment Board on the ground floor of City Hall at the Juarez Avenue entrance, the precartillas will be delivered for the National Military class of (who were born in) 1996.  (In Mexico, members of the national military service are voluntary professionals, but all young men are required to register for military service which involves a lottery, weekend training sessions, and social service opportunities. LINK )

Virgin of Immaculate Conception Church awaiting "Puerta Santa"  designation from Pope Francis

La de la Virgen de la Inmaculada Concepción sería nombrada Puerta Santa por el Papa Francisco

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ISLA MUJERES, 30 de noviembre.-
     The Virgin of Immaculate Conception Church is awaiting "Puerta Santa" (lit. Holy Door (link)) designation from Pope Francis, as one of five parishes in Quintana Roo which are being given this distinction. The press conference is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, but this was not confirmed. This will require a modification of access to the church to a single door, rather than the two that exist presently. The other churches are in Playa del Carmen, in Chetumal, and two in Cancun.


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

International Day of the fight against eating disorders
Hoy 30 de Noviembre, Día Internacional de la lucha contra los trastornos alimenticios

Nov. 30 International day of Security of Information
Hoy 30 de Noviembre, Día Internacional de la Seguridad de la Información

Nov. 30 Anniversary of the birth of Andres Quintana Roo
Hoy 30 de Noviembre, Natalicio de Andrés Quintana Roo.

On the anniversary of the birth of don Andres Q. Roo, a ceremony was held at school that proudly carries his name, to celebrate this important event.
En un aniversario más del natalicio de Don Andres Q. Roo, en la escuela que orgullosa porta su nombre, llevamos a cabo una ceremonia para celebrar tan importante acontecimiento.


link to Quequi's Isla Mujeres articles  

Celebrating people with special needs


Celebrarán a personas especiales

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On December 3,  for World Disability Day, at 4pm there will be a march from the Police station to the green dome in colonia Salina Chica. There will be meetings and workshops there by the Human Rights Commission and personal stories from people with disabilities and special needs, as well as a performance by a pair of dancers from Cancun.

Golf cart rentals rose to 60%


Opera al 60% renta de carritos de golf

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   Golf cart rental agencies reported that they had rented over 60% of their inventory this weekend, which indicated the low season is coming to an end. In less than a week, rentals increased from less than 50% to 60%, and this upward trend is expected to continue thru the month, and until the end of the "Guadalupe Reyes" period (Jan. 6). Winter high season begins Dec. 18-20 with the start of student holidays.  Some golf cart agencies, especially those located on Rueda Medina Avenue, have reported renting up to 80% of their fleets.

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Discovery Channel video & harassment of whale sharks
Exhibirán acoso al tiburón ballena+] Ver mas

Link to video  

    The 37 second promo for this Discovery Channel video (Link) says, " It's just simple economics: "Now you have this community of ex shark fishermen, who are making much more money taking tourists out to swim with whale sharks, rather than killing sharks."  The video, "Racing Extinction: Countdown", will be premier on Wednesday, Dec. 2., at 9am in Mexcio, and on the website Newslinereport.com, where it will be available in over 220 countries.
       Its Oscar winning  director, Louie Psihoyos, and his team, brought together activists and artists who, "Undertook a covert operation to expose trafficking in endangered species, and the race to prevent their disappearance on a grand scale."  They traveled to different corners of the world to infiltrate black markets, and used high tech methods to document the relationship between carbon emissions and extinction of species.
     The documentary addresses the issue of human harassment of the whale sharks when the animals visit the Mexican Caribbean during the summer, which is done for money. This generated comments locally on social networks questioning the practices of not respecting the rules and regulations in the whale shark tour area. 
      The documentary concerns other endangered sharks, as well as whale sharks, and there were comments on social networks about the fishing of sharks from the island, and requests that federal authorities issue a plan for their conservation.  The catching of sharks continues, including bull sharks, tiger sharks, and limón. The fishermen who make money taking tourists to see whale sharks, also kill other sharks. 
       (There was an article a couple days ago about Isla fishermen currently catching cat sharks to make into bacalao, a dried, salted fish, usually cod, that is popular during the Christmas holidays. There is a ban on shark fishing in May and June. The whale shark tour season is from mid May to mid Sept.) 

Port remains open for navigation by all boats
Se mantuvo abierto el puerto a la navegaciónper.. [+] Ver mas
   Hurricane season officially ends Dec. 1, and the port remains open for navigation, despite winds being a little strong at dawn, at 23-27 kph. The National Water Commission (CONAGUA) reports front #17 should arrive Wednesday, and could cause heavy rains in the east and southeast parts of Mexico, including the Yucatan peninsula. There is a forecast of a 20 percent chance for isolated rain on Tuesday, with a caution for boaters along the Q Roo coast.
   Fishermen report normal activities, and recreational tourism has improved, with the boats from Cancun reporting having sold over half of their seats.

Reaffirming their faith in the Virgin of Immaculate Conception  
Refrendan su fe en la Inmaculada Concepcióno.. [+] Ver mas
  See events section below for a listing of activities

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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)
  Dec. 3, Thursday  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. 3, Thursday  World Disability Day  4p March from the Police station to the green dome in colonia Salina Chica. There will be meetings and workshops by the Human Rights Commission and personal stories from people with disabilities and special needs and a performance by a pair of dancers from Cancun.
  December 4, Friday 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 departs from the concrete pier at 4pm. THE POSTER SAYS 3P.

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 Baby...it 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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