Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Wednesday, December 21

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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles & photos

Difficult times for fishermen with small boats restricted to port by bad weather since Monday

Pescadores siguen de malas

Puerto cerrado desde el lunes por mal clima

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ISLA MUJERES, 20 de diciembre.-
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 The Harbor Master closed the port for navigation by boats under 25 feet last night (Monday) at 8pm, which could continue until Thursday, depending on the weather. The fishermen have also been affected by reduced lobster catches, and the seasonal ban on catching grouper, which began December 15th. The lancheros and snorkel boats who offer tours in the bay and lagoon areas were able to continue working.

Mayor Juan Carrillo welcomed the new Commander of the Military Garrison in Cancun

Bienvenida a mando castrense

Felicita Juan Carrillo al nuevo comandante de la Guarnición Militar de Cancún

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ISLA MUJERES, BJ, 20 de diciembre.-
Leer más.Full article at this link..
     The municipal government works in coordination with federal institutions, such as the Mexican Army, for the safety of islanders and their visitors, said the island's Mayor Juan Carrillo Soberanis, after congratulating Brigadier Esau Gutierrez Cuellar, who was sworn in as the new commander of the Cancun Military Garrison. The Mayor also wished him the greatest success at the helm of this emblematic institution of the Mexican nation and at the service of society at crucial times.
    The National Army was created to defend national sovereignty against threats from abroad. The Mayor said that in Quintana Roo, we have had the experience that in natural disaster situations such as hurricanes, we have always counted on their support, in the care and assistance of citizens, before, during and after the storm, through the DN-III Plan, which has proven its effectiveness by being replicated throughout the country.
   The Mayor also spoke about his commitment to work for the benefit of the citizens of Isla Mujeres in a coordinated and effective manner with the three levels of government and about his efforts during the first 100 days of his administration in reactivate basic services like trash collection and improving the urban image of Isla Mujeres.


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

We are committed to #islamujeres, that's why we've redoubled our efforts to keep our island clean during this holiday season.
Estamos comprometidos con #IslaMujeres, es por eso que redoblamos esfuerzos para mantener limpia nuestra isla en esta temporada decembrina.

This afternoon Juan Carrillo was present at the swearing in of the new commander of the Military Garrison in Cancun.
Esta tarde el presidente Juan Carrillo se presentó en la toma de protesta del nuevo comandante de la Guarnición Militar en Cancún, Essaú Gutiérrez Cuéllar.

Get caught up! Discounts continue for property taxes.
¡Ponte al día!
Continúan los descuentos del predial, aprovecha estas promociones navideñas que tenemos para ti.

You're invited to the Tamale Fair Dec 22 
    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! 

Solidarity is one of the fundamental values so that we can live in harmony in our society. #Diainternacionaldelasolidaridadhumana
La solidaridad es uno de los valores fundamentales para que vivamos en armonía con nuestra sociedad. #diainternacionaldelasolidaridadhumana


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)

15 Cubans rescued   (See Por Esto article below)…/Full article at this link

Checkpoints without breathalyzer Dec. 24 & 31 (see yesterday's translations)…/Full article at this link

Public services guaranteed during holiday period (see yesterday's translations)…/Full article at this link

Property owners are invited to take advantage of tax discounts…/

CROC union reports 80% of companies had paid alguinaldos (See yesterday's translations)…/

Navy begins security operation (See Sunday's translations)…/


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Cuban balseros rescued  
Rescatan a balseros cubanosc.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
    Fifteen Cubans pursuing the American dream were frustrated when they were found aboard their small boat in the open seas by the vessel "BGP Supply II"flying a Panamanian flag, whose crew promptly informed the Naval base in Isla Mujeres (the 5th Naval Region). The Panamanian ship assisted them, took them aboard, and gave its coordinates to the Navy, who sent the ocean patrol boat "Bicentenario de la Independencia" to 'rendez-vouz' with the ship and pick them up. They were approximately 70 nautical miles (129 kilometers) northeast of Isla Mujeres.
    The 15 Cubans were taken to port where they were given medical attention, hydration, and food. Later the thirteen men and two women were turned over to the Immigration officials for processing. This occurred on Monday and the information was supplied in a press release from the Navy.
   Throughout this year there have been at least five incidents of undocumented Cubans arriving to the island. In April, less than a week apart, two groups landed, one with 12 people who had allegedly been at sea for 16 days aboard a precarious balsero boat before their arrival on land. The other group was larger with 30 to 40 people aboard, whose boat 'wrecked' near the island and 12 of the occupants were taken into custody by the municipal police and turned over to the Navy, who turned them over to the Immigration officials. Nothing is known about the rest of the group, and it is likely that they managed to escape and hide, until they had an opportunity to leave the island without arousing suspicion, posing as tourists.
     In October, a homemade boat with 17 Cubans aboard arrived in broad daylight and a large group of people gathered to observe the events. Officers with Public Security (municipal police) were also waiting to intercept them, and took ten into custody, while the other seven managed to escape.

Occupancy rates rising  
Comienza el repunte.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
Dec. 20  Four days before the Christmas celebrations, overall hotel occupancy is nearly 60 percent and expected to reach at least 80 percent between December 24 and January 2nd.

Weather restricts small boats to port 
Varado el sector náutico isleño+] Ver masFull article at this link

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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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