Saturday, December 2, 2017

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Saturday, Dec. 2

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Sun. Dec. 3 Noches Magicas 8p Town Square with the DIF Senior Citizen Dance Troupe and singers Rebens Garcia and Aldahir Davila

Informative conference for islanders about the fight against AIDS-HIV  LINK   
On the World Day for the fight against HIV / AIDS, the DIF social service agency held an informative conference about prevention of this disease, and 200 rapid screening tests were adminstered.The event to commemorate the World Day to Combat HIV / AIDS was coordinated by the Integral Development System for the Family (DIF), with the association Red Posithiva, and the psychologist Ángel Segovia Chan gave a talk about prevention of this disease.

Successful start to property tax discount program LINK  
The details of the property tax discount program have been translated. It is also noted that they can be paid at the Town Hall treasury cashiers Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Taxpayers can also make payments at 3, 6 and 9 months without interest when paying with a Banamex card.

From December 2 to December 12, don't miss "La Gran Plaza de Toros y Feria de Isla Mujeres"  where we will have different events and shows for the whole family. (At the northern end of the runway).

The horse procession on Sat Dec. 2 starts at 1p and there will be cowboy-horse performances at the ring. The comic bullfights with matadors of diminutive stature are Tues. 5th & Tues. 12th. There's a Lasso tournament on Sun, Dec.10th. All events at the ring at the north end of the runway start at 6:30p, except Nani Namu & the horse procession.


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)

Marinsa ferry boat arrives for docking tests LINK   
    One of the two Marinsa Boats arrived to the Island for the route Puerto Juárez - Isla Mujeres VIDEO  
Information about rates and schedule of operation will be announced in a week
  One of the two Marinsa ferry boats that will operate between the island and Puerto Juarez arrived on Friday to perform docking tests. They must comply with the procedures of the Harbor Master's office regarding details such as rates and service hours for these two vessels of 120 feet by 21 with capacity for 150 people. They seek to compete with the Ultramar company.
  Unofficially, it is expected that the crossing could take longer than Ultramar's, according to observations on Friday, and that the length of the dock should be adjusted to match the size of these two boats of four engines, of which only two will be used, it is said. More information will be available after the results of the tests. 

Property tax discount program begins successfully LINK   

The ninth alderman of the City Council of Isla Mujeres, Roberto Martínez Aragón, presented an initiative on the Regulation of the Citizens' Comptroller's Office on Friday morning. VIDEO   


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Marinsa ferry arrives for tests  
Naviera Marinsa realiza pruebasVer masFull article at this link
  See TVIM. Por Esto notes that it is estimated that the crossing will take around 40 minutes, rather than Ultramar's 22 minutes. Marinsa adapted two cargo ships that previously provided services to PEMEX (Petroleos Mexicanos) in Ciudad del Carmen, Campeche, and they have a draft of nearly two meters, so they must use the navigation channel, which is also used by the ferry to Punta Sam, rather than passing near El Farito.
The passenger area is not equipped with air conditioning, and there are 150 seats which have been installed on the boat, which could offer a lower rate of 84 pesos for a round trip ticket. The boat has four large engines to sail the open seas, and will only use two of them in the Bay.

Municipal regulations: Obsolete  
Reglamentos municipales, obsoletos [+] Ver masFull article at this link
     Alderman for the MORENA party, Roberto Martinez, said that a number of municipal regulations need updating, including those concerning Tourism, Alcohol, Construction, and Urban Development. He held a press conference and presented an initiative for the Manual of Operations for the Comptroller's Citizen Regulations, in the areas of  Financial Administrative Subjects, Public Works and Services, and Public Security. It is based on the 2016-2018 Municipal Development Plan, which was approved by the City Council on February 23rd. 
   The regulations which were determined in Mexico City, provide for 15 people for a term of one year, divided into three subcommittees, who will elect among themselves a president, secretary and three members. Their function is to promote the processes of transparency in public management, rendering of accounts and evaluation of public administration. They should also conduct studies on transparency of public management; file and answer lawsuits and complaints; issue reports, carry out promotions and file appeals before all kinds of administrative, judicial and jurisdictional authorities, local or federal, representing the interests of its Administrative Unit.

Alumni reunion 42 years after finishing middle school 
Se reencuentra generación escolar a 42 años de terminar su secundaria[+] Ver masFull article at this link

Fishermen honor Our Lady of Immaculate Conception  
Pescadores ante la Inmaculada Concepción[+] Ver masFull article at this link
    Information is given about various families and groups, including cooperatives for fishermen and those providing tours, holding festivities in honor of the town patroness saint. It is noted that the horse procession is at 1pm today, Saturday and that events at the north end of the airfield will continue thru Dec. 12. (See the events section). 


 Noticias de  Diario de Quintana Roo's Isla articles & photos LINK
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Fine dining a few steps away at Da Luisa or try the traditional neighborhood eateries a couple blocks farther. Within ten minutes walk are the restaurants Mango Cafe, Brisas, Manolitos,  Green Verde, Kash Kechen Chuc, and the large department store-grocery Chedraui. Visit marinas, bars, & beach clubs that are minutes away by bike or on foot. Attend Yoga classes a couple villas away at hotelito Casa Ixchel. Fresh juice, produce & tortillas a few blocks away in the village, as well as a variety of other stores and small local restaurants. It takes 20-30  minutes to walk downtown.


December Events
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Nov. 28-Dec. 8 Annual Festivities honoring the Patron Saint: Our Lady of Immaculate Conception
  Which are expected to include a small carnival with rides and games, a bullring, nightly performances on the Town Square, and a boat procession, as well as private celebrations by the 20+ groups involved in the festivities.  The horse procession is scheduled for Dec. 2, starting at 1p going to the colonias & the Sacred Heart Church, and finishing at the ring at the north end of the runway. The boat procession is Dec. 8.

The horse procession on Sat Dec. 2 starts at 1p and there will be cowboy-horse performances at the ring. The comic bullfights with matadors of diminutive stature are Tues. 5th & Tues. 12th. There's a Lasso tournament on Sun, Dec.10th. All events at the ring at the north end of the runway start at 6:30p, except Nani Namu & the horse procession.

Fri & Sat. Dec 1 & 2  M.C. Mala Noche will celebrate their first anniversary this weekend at the Casa de la Cultura starting at 11 am on Saturday and at Playa Centro on Sunday with live music, competitions, and other fun activities.

Sun. Dec. 3 Noches Magicas 8p Town Square with the DIF Senior Citizen Dance Troupe and singers Rebens Garcia and Aldahir Davila

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

Full moon Sun. Dec. 3
                                                                    Sunset ~6p
Dec. 3  6:30
Dec. 4  7:30
Dec. 5   8:33
Dec. 6   9:37
Dec. 7  10:39
Dec. 8  11:39
 Thurs. Dec. 7 Artist Fair Casa de la Cultura 3-8p

Sun. Dec.10 Noches Magicas 8p Town Square

Mon. Dec.11  There will be a gathering in the evening at the coastal chapel dedicated to Guadalupe in Salina Chica, probably with Mariachis, to sing Las Mañanitas and honor her.

Tues. Dec. 12 Dia de Guadalupe, the Patron Saint of Mexico.There is usually a run in the morning from the downtown church to Punta Sur to the Guadalupe Chapel.There is usually a procession in the afternoon with children dressed up as Juan Diego, shepherds, and shepherdesses, probably between the Chapel Guadalupana and the downtown church,

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). 

Thurs. Dec.14 Artist Fair Casa de la Cultura  3-8p

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'.

Sun. Dec.17 Noches Magicas 8p Town Square
Thurs. Dec. 21 Artist Fair Casa de la Cultura 3-8p

Thurs. Dec. 21 Winter Solstice  

Sat. Dec. 23 5:30p - 8:30p Golf Cart Parade with residents tossing toys & treats to children

Sun. Dec. 24  Christmas Eve  Usually the last ferry is cancelled and some businesses may be closed, especially in the evening, while families celebrate together.Noches Magicas will probably be suspended.

Mon. Dec. 25 Christmas Usually the first ferry is cancelled.

Thurs. Dec.28 Artist Fair Casa de la Cultura 3-8p

Thurs. Dec. 28 Wednesday  Dia de los Santos Innocentes A day of practical jokes, similar to "April Fool's Day"

Sun. Dec.31 New Year's Eve celebration on the Town Square. Tables can be purchased in advance, details TBA. The last ferry is usually cancelled.Noches Magicas will probably be 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 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.


Sources for Weather Information:
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).
LINK to a private weather station on Isla Mujeres   

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