Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Tuesday, December 6

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  Both issues of The Isla Mujeres Magazine are here
featuring  a variety of talented writers and photographers! 

  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles & photos

No new articles at this time.  


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

An Event for Isla Mujeres Security was held in which the Mayor, Juan Carrillo invited the community to file a complaint in any illegal situation that occurs in their colonia (neighborhood).
Esta noche se llevó a cabo las "Jornadas por un #IslaMujeres Seguro" en donde el presidente Juan Carrillo invita a la ciudadanía a denunciar cualquier situación ilícita que se presente en su colonia.

There is a link to the "Let's discuss the future" citizen forum where the government is collecting suggestions from the community

Attend this excellent event with your entire family that the City of #islamujeres is bringing to you, via the Institute of Culture and Art.
The Federal Police Rock Band Sat. Dec. 10 Town Square Free event.
Asiste con toda tu familia a este gran evento que el Ayuntamiento de #IslaMujeres a través del Instituto de la Cultura y las Artes trae para ti.

This morning a collaboration agreement was signed between Isla Mujeres and a Korean Environmental Corporation with the objective of promoting and encouraging good ecological practices. Their extensive experience and technology will surely be of great benefit to our municipality. Esta mañana firmamos el acuerdo de colaboración entre Isla Mujeres y Korean Environment Corporation con el objetivo de promover e incentivar las prácticas ecológicas. Estoy seguro que su amplía experiencia y su tecnología serán de gran utilidad para nuestro municipio.

With our help, together we can make great changes. Today, December 5, we celebrate the International Day of Volunteerism. 
Con nuestro apoyo en conjunto hacemos grandes cambios, hoy celebramos el #DíaInternacionalDelVoluntariado.


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)

Jose Magaña also seeks the leadership of the union of taxi drivers in Isla Mujeres
José Magaña también buscará la dirigencia del sindicato de Taxistas en Isla Mujeres - http://www.tvislamujeres.com.mx/jose-magana-tambien-buscar…/Full article at this link


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Cooperation for the environment    
Cooperación en pro del medio ambiente .. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
        The Korean environmentalist consortium "KECO" offered to expand its contribution to environmental causes in Mexico during the UN Conference on Biodiversity (COP13). Toward this purpose, they have signed a cooperation agreement with the government of Isla Mujeres.        This consortium has been developing solar energy generation technologies in several states, including Colima. Their representatives said they can contribute in favor of the environment of this tourist town, but did not specify any particular activity, at this time.       KECO is a public institution under the Ministry of the Environment of South Korea, whose representatives signed a commitment with the municipal government via the mayor in the latter's office.      The Korean entrepreneurs explained that this forty year-old  institution has vast experience in technologies which are used to conserve the environment. One of them said, "This is needed today, more than ever, because we live in a time when ecology around the world is having many problems."      
      It is the policy of KECO to contribute to Korea's environmentally friendly development through the effective operation of programs to reduce greenhouse gases, to prevent environmental pollution, to improve the environment, to facilitate resource recycling, and to respond to climate change.       The municipal government seeks "strategies in the care and protection of the environment," and based on this, the Korean entrepreneurs can contribute by expressing their interest in actively participating with their Mexican counterpart on issues related to environmental conservation.        "Sustainability is a goal that must be achieved through the regeneration of our ecosystems, for this reason we must help the environment to regenerate through harmonious practices, where each citizen generates favorable conditions for themselves and for the environment in which they live."          
     It was not explained in what manner this organization will intervene. However, environmentalists have spoken talked the difficult issue to be faced regarding the high levels of pollution in the lagoons of  Makax and Chacmuchuch, located on the island and the mainland, respectively. These lagoons and their surrounding areas have suffered from clearings of mangrove, due to the lack of vigilance by the PROFEPA and the municipality over the past two decades.

Jose Magna Galue: Seeking leadership of the taxi union 
José Magaña Galué, por la dirigencia de taxistas[+] Ver masFull article at this link
    Former Alderman Jose Magana Galue held a press conference to confirm that he wants to compete for the leadership of the taxi union, to succeed the current president Eduardo Peniche Rodríguez “El Wato”. Another contender may be Miguel Chan Mena. The current leader has held office for 12 years, which is said to violate an internal regulation which only allows nine years.
      Sr Magana said his legal team will seek to have this regulation respected, especially since there has been a recent ruling by the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation (SCJN) to enforce the Federal Labor Law, in this regard. "Wato" did not meet with the delegation and instructed his staff to decline to receive the document, which contains more than 300 signatures, representing more than 30 percent of the union. Then the group immediately contacted a Notary Public to initiate the appropriate legal procedures to make Sr Peniche comply with the law. 
     José Magaña Galué said that since last October, when he has been out in the field collecting signatures of support, he has found a lot of discontent among the union members over a lack of transparency, threats, and presumed bad management of plates and finances. He said if he wins the election, he will apply the laws to regain the trust of the associates regarding the care of their assets.

Cahuameros prepare to face Cozumel 
Cahuameros se preparan para enfrentar a Cozumel.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
   On two occasions, the Cahuameros of Isla Mujeres Nueva Generación have lost to the Dorados of Playa del Carmen, and are now ready to take revenge on Saturday and Sunday against the Islanders of Cozumel. The Isla Mujeres team's losses dropped them to third place, and the Dorados currently share the lead with Cozumel. 
     According to the statistics, there is a tie for first place with only one lost game and seven wins for the Dorados and the Islanders of Cozumel, but there is a difference of Cozumel being ahead in points at 112 vs 97, which puts the Dorados in second place.  
    The Cahuameros of Isla Mujeres Nueva Generación will play the Islanders of Cozumel on Saturday at 8 pm and Sunday at 12 pm at the Isla Mujeres Convention Center.
      The ranking of the other teams are given. 

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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).


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

Dec. 10 Saturday 8p Town Square Federal Police Rock Band Free event

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
 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.  See article below. I will update this info when it is available.

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

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 t\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. 21 Wednesday Solstice

Just before Christmas, the government has a procession of decorated carts and vehicles with a Santa, which goes thru the colonias playing music tossing candy and small toys, There is also one by the residents, foreign & local, that is planned again this year. Dates TBA. There is a decorated boat parade annually at Cancun.

The DIF (social service organization) collects toy donations for a big give away, as does Rueben's restaurant, where you can drop off donations now. Dates TBA. Kids in Mexico receive presents on King's Day/Dia de los Reyes on Jan. 6.

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

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 Dia de los Santos Innocentes A day of practical jokes, similar to "April Fool's Day"

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.


Día de Guadalupe is an important holiday in Mexico
    According to accounts published in both Nahuatl and Spanish in the 1600s, the image of the Virgin Mary appeared to the indigenous peasant, Juan Diego, in the hills of Tepeyac in the outskirts of Mexico City on December 9, 1531, when he was on his way to the city from his village. (Later she appeared to his sick uncle also.) The dark-skinned young woman was surrounded by light & spoke in Nahuatl, telling Juan Diego that a church should be built in her honor at the top of Tepeyac hill, where there had once been an Aztec Temple to the goddess Tonantzin.
    But when Juan Diego related this to the Spanish archbishop, the cleric didn’t believe him and told him to go back to Tepeyac and ask the Virgin for a miracle.  The Virgin told Juan Diego to gather roses from the top of the hill (unseasonably and in an area of cactus & scrub). She helped arrange the flowers in Juan Diego’s tilmátli (cloak), and he carried them back to Mexico City.
     When he arrived on December 12 and opened his tilmátli in front of the archbishop, the image of the Virgin of Guadalupe had been imprinted onto the cloak. The tilmátli with the imprint is still on display at the Basilica de Guadalupe, one of the most visited shrines in the world.

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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