Saturday, December 24, 2016

Isla Mujeres Dialy News & Events Saturday, December 24

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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles & photos

Mayor expresses his commitment to honesty and transparency in his Christmas message  

Por honestidad y mayor transparencia

Juan Carrillo ratifica compromiso en mensaje navideño

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ISLA MUJERES, 23 de diciembre.-
Leer más..Full article at this link.      
          Mayor Juan Carrillo Soberanis, issued a Christmas message to the island families in which he thanked them for the confidence they have placed in his government, allowing  it to work for the delivery of results that benefit all sectors of the community.
        "In Isla Mujeres we are laying the foundations of work, honesty and transparency to develop and consolidate large projects; improving the quality of life, security, employment, and the streets and services for the benefit of all families," he said.
      He said  we are a tourist destination and we attract tourism thanks to being a community with a vocation of service, hospitality, but above all, being hardworking and committed, so we should feel very proud of the municipality we are building among us, making this a place without equal in the State of Quintana Roo.

        The Mayor said that Christmas is a time to share moments of happiness with family and friends. It is a time to be proud of all the efforts we have made. "I invite you to reflect on of all the actions we have done during the year, so that these accomplishments can serve as an example for improvement every day."  He said his wishes for all the islanders are that "every day and especially this Christmas their homes are full of health and happiness."     
       He said that we shall not fail to generate enthusiasm in our children, because they have the right to live in peace and happiness, nor will we fail to create trust in the young, because they have the right to a life full of opportunities. In his first 100 days in office, he has worked to deliver results for the benefit of all.


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

For the benefit of the Island community, today street lights were installed from the Monument to the Fisherman to the Taxi union. (taxi stand)
Para beneficio de la sociedad isleña, hoy se instaló la iluminación desde el Monumento al Pescador hasta el Sindicato de Taxistas.

President Juan Carrillo committed to the safety of citizens during the holiday season
For the safety and benefit of the community of islanders and the visitors, the City of Isla Mujeres maintains security with coordination between the heads of the departments of Police and Traffic, Public Services, and Civil Defense, as well as coordinating with the Red Cross and the Navy.
      The Mayor, Juan Carrillo Sobaranis, said that during this holiday season when tourism increases in Isla Mujeres, the agencies of the three levels of government will work together to ensure everyone's safety and that the season will end with a "saldo blanco".  
     He said the breathalyzer "Zero Alcohol," will be implemented as part of the preventive programs, which began October 28, and will continue for the prevention of accidents and to raise awareness among drivers and motorcyclists..
        The Mayor called on islanders and visitors to enjoy this holiday in a responsible manner to prevent accidents; He said the governmental agencies will be working continually and redoubling efforts to ensure a season with a "saldo blanco" and no mishaps.

Abandoned cars in the public roads are a hazard and create a poor image of the isle. They will be removed from the streets and their owners will be fined.


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)

Mayor Juan Carrillo Soberanis, delivered his Christmas message to families in the island and thanked them for the trust they have placed in his government, allowing it to work for the delivery of results that benefit all sectors of the community.…/

On Friday, Civil Defense & the Fire Department closed the OXXO gas station by the airfield for failure to comply with regulations concerning safety and signage, after the inspectors found serious flaws in the operation of the establishment, until requirements are met and there is no risk to the community.…/

Mayor Juan Carrillo ensures the safety of residents and visitors with preventative programs like the Breathalyzer…/


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Tourist activity at its peak  
Actividad turística en su apogeo+] Ver masFull article at this link
  The Port Authority estimated that about 10,000 tourists had visited the isle by sunset, with whole families of Mexicans arriving in ferries from Cancun, Puerto Juarez, and Punta Sam, who also landed at private docks, in other boats.
     Nearly all the golf carts were rented, which are in high demand, while the taxi drivers, who hire their services as tour guides, experienced a more medium level of activity. Hotel occupancy is around 90 percent. Security has been increased and results are good with no negative events that could harm the reputation of this destination. Some hotels are filled to capacity, while there is still space available in some of the smaller hotels, according to receptionists.
    A professor, Julion Cesar Ortiz, was assisted by the lifeguards on Thursday afternoon, and advised not to return to the area of currents at the western edge of North Beach, near "Chichi's"

"Pescadores of Isla Mujeres" tie baseball series
  Pescadores de Isla Mujeres empatan la serie[+] Ver masFull article at this lins
    The deciding game will be held at the Cancun airport baseball field on January 8th. Last Sunday the game that caused the tie was won my the islanders with a score of 9-3, after they had been losing the match, but were saved by excellent teamwork. After this tournament is concluded, there will only be a brief break because the winter season will begin in a few weeks for several teams in the northern area of Quintana Roo, including the two teams of Isla Mujeres, Los Pescadores and los Coctereros.
    They were hoping the final game could be played in Isla Mujeres, so that many islanders would attend, but it will be held in Cancun.

Swimmer rescued at North Beach  
Rescatan a un bañista en Playa Norte.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
   Isla Mujeres offers more than 3 kilometers of beaches, which are monitored, however on Thursday afternoon a swimmer was rescued when he entered an area where there are currents at North Beach. The lifeguards working on Playa Norte and Playa Centro focus attention on a dangerous area where near the end of Rueda Medina. The other dangerous area is Playa Media Luna, which hazardous for any swimmers, with its 'envolventes' waves and swimming is prohibited.
   The rescue of professor Julio Cesar Ortiz occurred on Thursday afternoon at the western area of North Beach near "Chichi's", who was adviserea and d not to return to that area, because it is hazardous. Every season, in this area of increased risk, at least a dozen people are assisted, and the lifeguards focus on this and warn people, but some people ignore the warnings.
    There are other locations where hundreds of visitors arrive to enjoy the private attractions such as El Pescador, Playa Lancheros, and Playa Mexico, with safe beaches for the whole family. For those who enjoy swimming, Garrafon Park is ideal. Playa Oriente (East) in front of the sewage treatment plant is not recommended, where the surf and currents are strong and swimmers can be injured on the concrete structures that Aguakan placed there several years ago.

Serving the community with commitment and responsibility 
Compromiso y responsabilidad para atender a la ciudadanía. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
    This has been translated above about the Mayor's Christmas message.

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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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