Sunday, December 31, 2017

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Sunday, Dec. 31

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The government of Isla Mujeres is attentive and cares about the citizenry.
 Municipal authorities held a traditional breakfast with religious leaders of the island community.

The municipal government asks the people respect the security measures for the holidays    
     This article includes information already translated about increased security during the holidays and the agencies providing it, as well as the number of hotel rooms on the island and in the Continental Zone. Federal, state, and municipal agencies are working together to ensure the safety of residents and visitors, who are encouraged to follow traffic laws, including not drinking and driving , following traffic laws and signs, and not using a cell phone while operating a vehicle. They are also advised to follow the signs and rules at the beach, and not to use fireworks.


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)

SINTRA detects irregular golf cart rentals  LINK  
  See previous translations.

The Red Cross paramedics attended to the islander Geovanni Vázquez Romero after a traffic accident. He said he was hit by a taxi driver when he was traveling on his motorcycle on the Caribbean coastal road. He said the taxi invaded his lane and fled after the accident. Paramedics of the Red Cross verified that fortunately, there were no serious injuries, only scrapes. They recommended that he seek medical attention after he declined to get into the ambulance.

In this high season, the Department of Public Safety and Traffic announced that normally an average of 10 driver's licenses are processed per day, but lately they have been issuing up to 40 per day, especially on the weekend. LINK   


From Noti Isla Mujeres LINK  
There was a large mobilization of police on the beach at 3p when a child with a family from Merida went astray from the beach at the Na Balam Hotel, and was located by the pier of the Velásquez restaurant on Rueda Medina avenue, and returned to his family safe and sound.


From Isla Mujeres al Dia  LINK

Car ferry schedule today, Dec. 31
Departure from Isla Mujeres: 10 am, 2 pm y 7pm.  
Departure from  Punta Sam: 11 am, 3 pm y 8 pm.

IM al Dia reports that the missing child, who was found, is a five year old named Matías, He went missing from the area by Na Balam, in front of the hotel Mia and was located near the pier of the  Velásquez  Restaurant on Rueda Medina and returned to his family.  Photo credit to Isla Mujeres al Dia.

From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Mexican Navy patrolling the beaches & coasts   
La Armada de México vigila las playas[+] Ver masFull article at this link
   In addition to monitoring the beaches of Isla Mujeres, the Navy are monitoring the coasts and beaches of the region. There has been a "saldo blanco" (no incidents) so far this season, and their increased monitoring will be completed on Jan. 8th. They have a first aid tent on Playa Centro, as usual.
   The usual advice is given about attending to children, using sunscreen and staying hydrated, not drinking alcohol before swimming, and obeying the lifeguards and staying within the buoys, as well as not littering and not blocking access to the beaches.
   The security operation for the Guadalupe-Reyes holiday period includes coordination with municipal agencies including municipal police and traffic police, Civil Protection, the Red Cross, the Port Authority, the Harbor Master, and Public Services, among others.
     So far during this holiday period, visitors have not had major problems, and there have been zero traffic accidents, except two residents on motorcycles skidded. 

Priest sends message for New Year  
Envía mensaje de Año Nuevo+] Ver masFull article at this link
     Monsignor Fabio Martínez Castilla, a native of Isla Mujeres, Bishop of the Diocese of Tuxtla Gutiérrez, sent a message on social networks to mark the New Year, requesting a positive attitude and advising people not to sell their votes for false promises in the upcoming election year. 

Support for sports 
Ofrecen consolidar respaldo al deporte [+] Ver masFull article at this link 

   Since the beginning of this administration, support has been given for improving sports facilities and hosting sports events, as well as encouraging young people to participate.  There are investment plans among sports prom.oters for the upcoming year, with support from the government

Farewell to 2017 begins at 11pm  
A las 11 de la noche inicia despido del 2017.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link 

   The traditional year end festivities with live music and dancing will begins at 11:30, when a large number of islanders and tourists will gather in the Town Square to bid farewell to 2017 and greet 2018. They are asked to comport themselves well, and increased security will ensure the safety of the public. The bands ''Nelzon Kanzela '' and '' Mega Boom '' will perform. It is noted that many people will go to Punta Sur to watch the sunrise, where the first rays of the sun touch Mexico.

Beaches with international standards   
Playas con estándares internacionales.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
   This information has been translated previously regarding the White Flag designation of North Beach and the Blue Flag designation of Playa Centro, as well as the crew of workers who clean these beaches daily and the agencies and specialized personnel who ensure that the criteria for these designations are maintained, which relate to cleanliness of the water and sand, as well as environmental education and other services. At least 5000 people are visiting the beaches daily.

Sac Bajo access street in private hands   
Vía de acceso en Sac-bajo, en manos de particular[+] Ver masFull article at this link
   This information has been translated repeatedly over the past few months.

 Noticias de  Diario de Quintana Roo's Isla articles & photos LINK
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 Kitchen in a large studio. (Sur & Norte are identical)
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Large studio (Sur) with Queen & Single bed. Slider door & view are behind me.

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
Provided by MaraVilla Caribe & Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events

Nov. 28-Dec. 8 Annual Festivities honoring the Patron Saint: Our Lady of Immaculate Conception
  Which include a small carnival, a bullring, nightly performances on the Town Square (which start at 8p), and a boat procession on Dec. 8th, 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, where there will be cowboy-horse performances. Events at the ring begin at 6:30 except Nani Namu.

 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
 Wed, Dec 6 at 5:00 p.m. Casa de la Cultura   Zumba class for 1 Billion Rising to Prevent Violence Against Women

 Thurs. Dec. 7 Artist Fair Casa de la Cultura 3-8p

Fri. Dec. 8 at 4:30pm Christmas Youth Lightning Tournament on the Comex soccer court for Futbol Rapido soccer, in colonia Salina Chica.

Thurs. Dec. 14  at 9am Public Audience with the Governor at the El Pescador baseball field

 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. 

Mon. Dec. 11 Town Square 6p. Lighting of the Christmas Lights and performance by the Academy of Jazz, Passion, & Dance

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 You're invited to join the Christmas Caravan on Sunday with your decorated vehicle, starting in front of the kindergarten "Enriqueta Camarillo" at 6p. (That's where the road is very wide by Casa Ixchel hotelito prolongacion Aeropuerto, just north of col. Salina Chica. & just south of MaraVilla Caribe B&B & the Bachilleres dome.)

Sun. Dec. 17 Boxing Event Sunday at 7pm at El Pescador 

Sun. Dec.17 Noches Magicas 8p Town Square the final Noches Magicas performances for 2017. You are invited to enjoy Christmas dances performed by the students of the Women's Institute of Quintana Roo, live music by Hiraldo & his Cuban Big Band, and a comedy show. Free.
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 is 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 is 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.

 Wednesday, Jan. 3 at the Town Square at 8p: Ballet Folkloric Fuego Nuevo de Encarnacion Diaz Jalisco, with live music. Free. Special Noches Magicas performance.

Jan 7-17 Art Festival & Exhibition “Festival de Arte Mutuo” / "Mutual Art Festival". 17 artists creating six murals at various locations around the isle, children's workshops, and an exhibition at the Casa de la Cultura with art on sale.
  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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