Saturday, December 31, 2016

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Saturday, December 31

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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles & photos

Looking ahead with more experience 

Juan Carrillo wishes island families a happy 2017

Mirar el futuro con más experiencia

Desea Juan Carrillo feliz 2017 a las familias isleñas

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 30 de diciembre.-
Leer más.Full article at this link..

See translation in City section below


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

Don't miss the opportunity to take advantage the 25% discount on advanced payment of property taxes on Saturday, Dec. 31, 9am to 2pm.

"2017 will be a year of consolidation to Isla Mujeres, we will have a year of great investment in infrastructure, culture, and development, with new hotels opening,as well as restaurants and businesses that generate new sources of jobs for the islanders", said, Juan Carrillo.
"Let's say farewell to the year 2016 when we opened the way for new and better times to Isla Mujeres, a year that has left us with very valuable experiences to face the challenges of the 2017 and the future of our families," said the Mayor, while explaining that all the achievements were made possible by the three levels of government working together toward the achievement of the established objectives.

"In the name of the City of Isla Mujeres, we wish you the best of years, that love, faith, generosity and health will allow you to achieve what you most yearn for. Happy New Year 2017," concluded Juan Carrillo Soberanis , municipal President of Isla Mujeres.

On Dec. 31, come and welcome the New Yoar at the Town Square with the band "Mega Boom" Don't miss it! 
Este 31 de diciembre ven a recibir el #AñoNuevo con el grupo “Mega Boom” en la Explanada Municipal. ¡Te esperamos!


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)

Mayor wishes residents a happy 2017. Full article at this link/

Arrest warrant issued in assault against minor…Full article at this link/
The Attorney General of Quintana Roo has issued an arrest warrant against Limbert Alejandre Barrientos San Miguel, 27, in the case of the minor who received 13 knife wounds, causing him to remain in the hospital. The family had been concerned that he would be set free, but the Attorney General's office has confirmed that is not the case, and he was taken to the municipal jail when released from the Cancun General Hospital. "Now he is in the Isla Mujeres jail, and facing charges of assault against an eleven year old child."
   As is known, the suspect, who had previously had a relationship with the child's mother, went into the home of the Bacab family on Monday, took advantage of the fact that the youth was alone, and assaulted him and held him for over an hour and a half.
    After assaulting the child, the suspect attempted to escape justice, and he went through several nearby blocks, in the Mundaca hacienda, and during his attempted escape he suffered an injury which required medical attention.
     This cowardly attack with a kitchen knife has shocked residents of Isla Mujeres, whose reactions were quickly expressed on social networks, where they condemned the action and asked for the maximum penalty, in the name of justice.
       (Por Esto notes he was moved  to the Isla Mujeres jail early on Friday. It says the suspect has made his declaration and the judge ordered his arrest. It says that the suspect was detained due to assistance by neighbors, and received a beating, as the victim lay bleeding.  Por Esto says that the circumstances of the incident are not well known, but may have been associated with the possible engagement of the child's mother.).


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Beach club closed due to dispute 
Cierra club de playa por disputa de socios. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
    A beach club has closed its doors again due to a dispute between partners, including local and state politicians . It is recalled that on February 25, the club "Beach- Boys & Babes" on Playa Norte was abruptly closed due to an alleged dispute between its members, but on March 4, former mayor Jorge Cardenas Bazan was arrested by the Federal Police at the Cancun airport, for the crimes of theft and malicious damage. He went before a judge on the island and was released the next day.
    Now with the closure of the club in prime Christmas season, there are indications that this politician has been successful in this dispute concerning some 2600 square meters. The workers at the club, which has been closed by a court order, have gone to work at other businesses, located in Cancun and Puerto Morelos.
    The conflict over this area of beach involves claims by Carlos Cervera Peraza, "Chichis" who was evicted last year and his two palapas were burned, causing damages of more than 500,000 pesos. At that time, he showed a document for his concession in the Federal Zone, along the southern part of the sidewalk along Rueda Medina.
    This area was once known as "Playa Sol", and has eroded in recent years, and at least 10,000 square meters of sand have disappeared, with the destruction of a half dozen geotubes that were installed in 2007, to deal with the effects of Hurricane Wilma which occurred in 2005.
     This is an unresolved issue, and municipal authorities have not shown an interest in recovering the beautiful image that is circulating on the internet, but in reality, part of that beach has eroded away and it is urgent that the "whales" be replaced.

Controversy over taxi union election  
Exigen nueva convocatoria en el sindicato de taxistas.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
   The political opponents of the reelected leader of the Taxi union say the JLCA ( Local Board of Conciliation and Arbitratio) should not give approval and should not allow  Eduardo Peniche Rodríguez, "El Wato", to take office on January 5th. They say he should not be allowed to continue for three more years, which would extend his term to a total of 15 years, because the bylaws state the maximum is nine years. There is also controversy over the manner in which the election was conducted.

Arrest in assault against youth  
Apresan al agresor de un menor de edad[+] Ver mas Full article at this link
  See translation above in TVIM section. 

Promising 2017  
Prometedor 2017. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
 See translation in the City section above. 

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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
Nov. 28 Opening at 8p with the band Los Marlins .
Nov. 28, The Mestizas de Agua Salada;
Nov. 29, Folkloric dance troupe: Son del Caribe at 7:30p;
Nov. 30th, Academy La Isleña;
Dec. 1 Cavalcade (Horse procession) in Honor of the Virgin, noon;
Dec. 2, Dance group Añoranzas;
Dec. 3, Dance group Entorno and musical group Mar & Arena
Dec. 4, Dance Studio Renatta and Academia La Isleña;
Dec. 5,  Mestizas de Agua Salada;
Dec. 5, Dance group Entorno;
Dec. 6  Caravan procession at 6:30,
Dec. 7 Yucatan band Picante Plus will perform and “Las Mañanitas” will be sung to the Virgin
Dec. 8 Boat Procession of the Virgin in the Bay 3pm
Dec. 8 Day of the Virgin of Immaculate Conception
At the bullring at the end of the runway, by the car ferry

Thursday, Dec. 1  Horse procession (12p), and a performance by horses & a band (4p).
Friday, Dec. 2   Bullfight  (4:30)
Saturday, Dec. 3 Rodeo  with a band (4:30).
Sunday, Dec. 4 Bullfight (4:30)
Thursday, Dec. 8 Bullfight with dwarfs (8p).
Friday Dec. 9 Bullfight w little people 7p


December Events
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 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 Town Square Federal Police Rock Band Free event  Cancelled.

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.

Sunset ~6:05p
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
Starting Mon. Dec. 12 for the Christmas holidays...departures every 15 minutes on weekdays 3:30-7:30 and on w/e 2-8. There's an additional crossing daily from P. Juarez at 9p and from Isla at 9:30.

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 twice a month, on the First and Third Thursdays, weekly on Thursdays at the Casa de Cultura, 4-9 thru April 20. 

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