Sunday, October 29, 2017

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Sunday, Oct. 29

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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles & photos

Mayor thanks institutions for their help in the fight against cancer

Edil agradece apoyo

 De instituciones, en lucha contra el cáncer

Lanrry Parra

ISLA MUJERES, 28 de octubre.- .  
Leer más..Full article at this link.

See City section below.....


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

It is an honor to work with Safanal (Salon de la Fama National) in such important causes as the fight against breast cancer 🎀

The notice about the Hanal Pixan altar contest is posted again and has already been translated.

This notice of events from the Cultural Institute has already been translated (see Events section)


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)

Festival de Día de Muertos by the Entorno Dance Studio VIDEO   
Festival de los muertos VIDEO    

There is a video of the meeting in Isla Mujeres of the Alcoholics Anonymous from Quintana Roo Area Two. VIDEO   

The Mayor emphasized the importance of having the support of institutions such as Safanal on important issues such as the fight against breast cancer LINK   

Basketball game Saturday of Cubs and Trigueñas  VIDEO     


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Festival of the Living for the Dead  
Bienvenidos a Festival de Vivos a Muertos. [+] Ver masFull article at this link

 See the Events section. This is a program of competitions, parades, conferences, and artistic shows to preserve Mexican traditions and especially those rooted in Isla Mujeres, and share them with the new generations and tourists. This will include dance groups from different regions of Mexico who are celebrating the 45th anniversary their Dance Institute, the school Jean Piaget, the INAH (National Institute of History and Anthropology), and local artistic groups.  It is noted that one of the Hanal Pixan altar contests is for municipal governmental agency groups (Oct. 29) and the other is open to the public (Nov. 5). It is noted that these activities are supported by the Mayor who is committed to preservation of the traditions and who invites the islanders and visitors to enjoy all these free events.

Fumigation of schools and cemeteries  
Fumigan escuelas y panteones. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
 This information has been translated.

Al-Anon in Isla Mujeres 
Al-Anon desea establecerse en IM. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
    Al-Anon family help group held a public information meeting at the Casa de la Cultura on Friday, with support from the DIF social service agency. They are also participating in the Alcoholics Anonymous event taking place on the island this Saturday, whichis a training-working meeting for group members serving the Northern Zone of Quintana Roo. Al-Anon and Alateen will open a module on Sunday in a classroom at the high school Colegio Bachilleres, where they will have a planning meeting with members from the region. Saturday's schedule is given for the event which took place at the dome in La Gloria and the high school, with about 200 participants, from the municipalities of  Isla Mujeres, Benito Juárez, Puerto Morelos and Lázaro Cárdenas.
    General information is given about Al-Anon.

Traditional altars being installed  
Ya van instalando altares] Ver masFull article at this link
     The installation of altars for the dead in public and private schools began as part of preserving the Day of the Dead traditions in the country among the students, parents and teachers. The municipal government is carrying out the traditional open competition, and CENDI (Center for Child Development) will celebrate this Sunday with an exhibition among the children, parents, and teachers. 
   The first to carry out its installation of altars was the high school Colegio Bachilleres, but almost all of the schools will have their own events, including the preschool/kinders, primary schools, and middle school. The altars include Mayan elements from Hanal Pixan (food for the souls), and are typical throughout the Yucatan Peninsula, and vary a bit in other states. The altars also include embroidered clothes, clay dishes, and wax candles, and are set up well in advance.  Nov. 1 is All Saints Day, for the children and Nov. 2 is for the adults.
   There is a general cleaning of homes and yards and painting of walls, which is done "so that the souls that arrive in those days do not have to do it." The women must finish their chores early, "because if the souls arrive before they would start crying at seeing the unfinished work" It is customary to go to sleep early the night before, "so as not to disturb the souls that are coming." This is according to residents of the region who wish to transmit these traditions to the new generations. 
     However, the prehispanic Maya did not have a fixed or established date to celebrate or commemorate their dead in general. They had a custom of burying their dead inside the foundations of their homes, or taking advantage of hollows such as caves or cenotes, and in extraordinary cases building exclusive buildings to keep the bodies of special people. The pre-Hispanic Mayans made daily offerings to their dead ancestors in designated spaces inside their homes. 
     Father Diego de Landa, Spanish historian, describes the layout of an altar of the dead, "evidencing the importance of the presence of the deceased himself in that space", for example, using a clay figure with the ashes of an ancestor deposited in its center.There were no beliefs about ​​the return of the dead at any time, on the contrary, they believed that there was a whole pilgrimage between the levels of the yaxché (or ceiba, sacred tree) to reach their final destination, according to the history.


The State Civil Protection agency expects Cold Front #7 to arrive this afternoon, causing cooler temps & winds which may drop to 17-19 C during the night (63-66F), and it could bring some clouds & rain.

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October Events
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Sunday, Oct. 1 Noches Magicas 8p Town Square

Full moon Thursday, Oct. 5

                                                                    Sunset ~6:30
Oct. 5  6:49
Oct. 6  7:33
Oct. 7   8:19
Oct. 8  9:09
Oct. 9  10:01
Oct. 10  10:57
Sunday, Oct. 8: 43nd Anniversary of the Free & Sovereign State of Quintana Roo

 Sunday, Oct. 8  Noches Magicas 8p Town Square

Monday, Oct. 9  Day of Fishermen

Thursday, Oct. 12  Dia de la Raza

Sunday. Oct. 15 Noches Magicas 8p Town Square

Saturday, Oct. 21  Anniversary of the birth of Ramon Bravo

Sunday, Oct. 22 Noches Magicas 8p Town Square First Anniversary Celebration
It was suspended due to weather.
Saturday, Oct. 28 8p Mundaca Theater 8pm "Festival of the Dead" (In the end, we are born to die) will start at the Mundaca tourism parador, at 7:30 pm with the procession to the open air theater where at 8:30, there will be a special performance by the dancers of the Entorno dance troupe, and a contest of Catrinas whose costumes are made with recycled materials.
Sunday, Oct. 29 at 8pm on the Town Square Hanal Pixan Altar Contest & Noches Magicas presents: The Festival of the Living for the Dead with Folklorico dancers from Kantunilkin. "Espectaculo de Dia de Muertos"

Tuesday, Oct. 31 Halloween on Hidalgo after dark. Bring lil toys & such and expect to be mobbed by cute kiddos & enjoy the clever costumes.

Tuesday, Nov. 1 All Saint's Day   Dia de los Muertos

Wednesday, Nov. 2  All Soul's Day   Dia de los Muertos

At this time of year, Mexican families remember & celebrate their departed relatives. Hanal Pixan is the name of the Mayan celebration. Altars are made with photos of the deceased, where offerings of favorite foods and items are placed, copal incense is burned, and marigold flower petals are often used.
        All Saints Day & All Souls Day, Nov. 1 & 2, are the Dias de los for children, one for adults, when families visit graves & clean & decorate them. On the island, these are private moments in the cemeteries, not public celebrations like in many parts of Mexico.
Try some seasonal Pibi Pollo tamales & Pan de los Muertos pastry.
Thursday, Nov. 2 The silent procession for Dia de los Muertos "Festival de las Animas 2017" will take place at 6pm starting at Hidalgo Ave. next to the Cemetery, walking up Hidalgo to the Town Square and returning down Guerrero to the Casa de la Cultura where there will be a contest of Catrinas, examples of altars from different states in Mexico, and a Tzompantli (The internet says that is an altar built by some pre-Columbian cultures of ancient Mexico, with the base decorated with skulls carved in stone and stakes in the upper area to string the head of the sacrificed.) The altars represent the states of Querétaro, Nayarit, Michoacán, Chihuahua, and the state of Mexico. Hosted by Jean Piaget school  Photos from last year's event by Tony Garcia  

8p on the Town Square: Two folklorico troupes from Cozumel after the IV Cancun high school

Fri. Nov. 3 at 5p: Casa Cultura conference about indigenous celebrations in Mexico for Dia de los Muertos (in Spanish).

Sat. Nov. 4 at 6:30p a procession featuring traditional clothing from different regions of Mexico starting at the Town Square church and going thru the downtown streets. AND...

7:30p Noches Magicas performances on the Town Square featuring two troupes including the Folklorico Troupe of Quintana Roo and the closure of the Dance conference event.
Sun. Nov. 5 at 7p: Noches Magicas on the Town Square. Hanal Pixan altar Competition and performances by the Isla Mujeres Añoranzas dance troupe and the folklorico dance troupe Al Son del Corazon

Sources for Storm Information & Weather:
Tropical Tidbits
LINK to Civil Protection Q Roo weather bulletin  (Spanish)
LINK to Mexico National Weather Service (Spanish)
 LINK to satellite images for the Mexico National Weather Service (Yucatan peninsula is under Satellite GOES Este, I recommend "Animacion" (it used to be in my blog margin, until Blogger became incompatible with it).

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