Sunday, December 18, 2016

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Sunday, December 18

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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles & photos

Free health services in Rancho Viejo 

Servicios de salud gratuitos

 Brinda el gobierno de Juan Carrillo a habitantes de Rancho Viejo

Lanrry parra

ISLA MUJERES, 17 de diciembre.-
Leer más..Full article at this link.

Rancho Viejo is in the mainland part of the municipality in the Continental Zone


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

There are photos of a Clean Up campaign in Punta Sam in the mainland part of the municipality.
Cumpliendo con los compromisos a la comunidad isleña, hoy se llevó a cabo la Jornada de Limpieza en la carretera intermunicipal, Punta Sam.

Let's enjoy our public areas without litter for  healthy living.
Disfrutemos de nuestras áreas públicas sin basura para una sana convivencia.


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)

"We are going to have continuity": Wato…/Full article at this link

Video of election LINK.   It shows Sr Peniche speaking before and after the vote, which was done by a show of hands (and people chanting). There are other videos taken prior to the this one.


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Winter vacation season begins  
Inició la temporada vacacional de inviernoe.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
       The holiday period began with the arrival of thousands of vacationers to Isla Mujeres, while security measures were put in place to ensure the safety of everyone on the beaches.The ferry companies to Punta Sam and Puerto Juarez increased the frequency of their crossings to meet the demand. There were strong winds, but it was fine in the Bay, where nautical recreational activities took place normally. 
   An estimated 10,000 visitors arrived on this first day of more than two weeks of domestic tourism, along with foreigners from the United States and Canada who will fill the hotels to 95% occupancy during this period. 
   Playa Norte and Playa Centro (Posada Beach) were half full in the afternoon, but both are expected to be full in the days before Christmas. At times the security patrols included officers from all three levels of government, to guarantee the safety of human lives.
    There were nearly 600 golf carts being used for touring around the island, but the more than 200 taxis were not enjoying the same level of activity. There were no reports yet regarding the first day of the holiday period, until the afternoon, with the following agencies hoping for a "saldo blanco" (no incidents): Mexican Navy, Public Safety, Civil Protection, Harbor Master, and others. 
   The most visited sites on land are: Punta Sur, Sac-Bajo, Tortugranja and Mundaca; And in water:  El Farito, MUSA, Cross of the Bay, and Manchones, among other points of interest.

Good weather today 
Buen clima para hoy Ver mas Full article at this link

Although rain was in the forecast for Saturday, it didn't occur and good weather is expected for Sunday and most of the week, according to CONAGUA (National Water Commission). The SCT (Communications & Transport) nautical forecast predicts humid air arriving before midday causing clear skies over the coasts and cloudier skies over the sea, with mist dispersing along the coasts and warm to hot temperatures. Prevailing winds will be from the east/southeast at 28-37 km/hr with gusts and waves up to 2.1 meters, and caution is advised for small boats. (It was clearer this morning and at noon it is getting overcast with rainy looking clouds to the east)
   Clear weather is forecast for Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday; then Wednesday and Thursday are also expected to be cloudless, with maximum daytime temps of 29 C (84F) and nightly lows between 21 and 24C (70-75F).  Nautical activities should occur without incident, and the sports fishing season for blue marlin and sailfish has begun uneventfully.
   Boats over 40 feet went to Isla Contoy and nautical activities were concentrated in the Bay on Saturday, but it is expected that the dive boats and others will be able to go out on Sunday. At 5pm there were few people at Playa Norte, and few yachts. At this point it is more vulnerable to the northern winds that were expected in the early forecasts, but the winds were stronger at the Caribbean. Therefore this natural attraction (Playa Norte) looked calm.

"Winter 2016 Lifesaving Operation" has begun
En marcha “Operación Salvavidas Invierno 2016”+] Ver masFull article at this link

  The Secretary of the Mexican Navy-Armada de Mexico has announced the start of “Operación Salvavidas Invierno 2016” via the Fifth Naval Region (Isla Mujeres' Naval base) to ensure the safety of the thousands of tourists visiting the main beaches of Quintana Roo on a daily basis.
   The military command issued a statement about the efforts to provide security at recreational areas including Playa Norte in Isla Mujeres; Playa del Niño in Puerto Juárez; Playa Pública in Puerto Morelos; Playa Pública in Isla Holbox and Playa Delfines in the Cancun Hotel Zone. The operation began on Saturday, Dec. 17 and will conclude on January 8, 2017.
    Participants in this operation will involve about 53 persons including admirals, captains, officers, non coms, and seamen, as well as surface, air and land units. They will monitor these five beaches by sea and land patrols to safeguard human lives at sea and to maintain order. Five rescue and first aid stations will also be established and staffed. This Operation is implemented with coordination between the three levels of government and with support from the Naval Search and Rescue team of Isla Mujeres. 
Don't leave children unattended

    Advice is given regarding not neglecting children, to take care when boats or jet skis are in the area, to avoid entering the water after eating or drinking alcohol or a combination of both, and to avoid blocking access to the beach, to ensure the patrols and ambulances have free access. 
    It is important to follow instructions from the lifeguards, to pay attention to the currents, and to follow the indications of the flags. A green flag indicates good conditions for swimming, Yellow means caution regarding the currents and the possibility that the weather could worsen, and red indicates that people should not enter the sea. 
   For emergency care or to request assistance, the Fifth Naval Region has the following contacts available via phone and email: (01 998) 877 01 94 and or you can directly approach Naval personnel at the First Aid stations or speak to staff with Civil Protection. The following contact numbers and emails are also available: 
Centro de Comando y Control Semar: 01 (55) 56-77-71-19 ó 01 (55) 56-24-60-04 and 01 800 6274621 / 01 800 (MARINA1). 
Conmutador de la Secretaría de Marina, 01 (55) 56-24-65-00, a las extensiones 1000, 6004, 7226, 7852 ó 8383.
Email accounts: and
 (The general emergency number is now 911)

From yesterday....

Difficult year for fishing industry   
Año difícil para el sector pesquero [+] Ver masFull article at this link
  During 2016, there was a regression of "cooperativism" with the transfer of two Federal Zone landing areas into the private sector. Although it is still not public ("es todavia disfrazado" lit. "is still disguised"), the cooperative "Patria & Progreso,  was privatized before Christmas last year when a new Board of Directors was installed, which freed up the entrepreneur, providing a majority of partners would grant him their rights, which several of them confirmed. There is still legal recourse for a possible reversal, now that there is a new state government and fiscal period to reconsider the social needs that assigned these areas to this main sector of the economy, during times when production was high.  Historically, this was the second cooperative formed in the state of Quintana Roo,
   The other cooperative that gave up its Federal Zone area is "Justicia Social", which a group of politicians 'liquidated' for between 300,000 and 400,000 pesos each, depending on the members length of membership. This occurred in the weeks before the last election, allegedly involving people who were in power then, but lost the election. It is possible now that the "bien nacional" (property/  governmental benefit?)  will be returned to these seafarers. There are members of the last two cooperatives, Caribe & Isla Blanca, who have conserved their 'bien' (property), but privately, some of them admit they also would like to have that money.
    Two years ago the fishing cooperatvie "Makax" finalized the 'sale' of its Federal Zone concession on the shore of Makax lagoon with the same political group, which is said to include former mayor Agapito Magana Sanchez.

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 Kitchen in a large studio. (Sur & Norte are identical)
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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.

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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   Artist Fair 4-9 Casa de Cultura. Art, music, food, craft beer

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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