Sunday, December 2, 2018

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Sunday, December 2

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VIDEO and VIDEO from the Cabalgata horse procession 

VIDEO of the members & families of the gremio group of the Social Justicia fishermen's cooperative at the church honoring Our Lady of Immaculate Conception, with the band including a sax player in a wheelchair rolling up Medina. 

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VIDEO of murals in progress....Forty high school students are painting eight murals in a contest that is part of the Patron Saint festivities. They began painting on Friday, and today, three artists from Guadalajara will judge their work, which is located in colonia La Gloria, along Paseo de los Peces avenue, on the Mundaca Hacienda wall.

VIDEO of cabalgata horse procession  VIDEO from the horses & riders at the runway before the procession

VIDEO of the procession of the gremio group of the Social Justicia cooperative

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Breves de Isla Mujeres  
   Dec. 1 On Saturday, various groups celebrated as part of the patron saint festivities in honor of the Virgin of Immaculate Conception, including the three cooperatives “Justicia Social”, “Isla Mujeres” and “Señoras”. Last night two other groups participated, the Secretarias and the residents of colonia Cañotal, with an evening procession from downtown to colonia Cañotal, and celebrations continuing into the late hours, accompanied by food and beverages, and a candlelight ceremony. The schedule indicated that on Sunday the three groups celebrating are the Niños group, the fishing cooperative "Caribe" and residents of Salina Grande. 

The teachers of the middle school, Benito Juarez, had a meeting on Friday.

Concerns about littering around Salina Grande lake & Makax lagoon in Sac Bajo

Laguna Salina Grande llena de basura

  Despite periodic clean ups, littering continues in both of these areas, with additional concerns about the lagoon since its trash can get washed out to sea and harm marine life.

Successful 4th annual cabalgata horse procession in honor of the Town Saint

Cuarta Cabalgata, todo un éxito

  The riders began arriving at 7am from Punta Sam and the group began their procession thru downtown around around (after) noon, going to the Town Square in front of the Church of Immaculate Conception where they received blessings from priest Raul Sanchez Alonso for their ride down the island.


More photos from the Cabalgata horse procession in honor of the island's patron saint.... by Bruce as they were going past MaraVilla Caribe Bed & Beach. The support vehicle w the cold beverages is just out of the pic to the right and a friendly rider offered B. a swig of his tequila.
That fellow in the lead was singing...and quite good! The women behind him are riding sidesaddle. By Bruce as they passed by MVC B&B.

Dancing horses performing after yesterday's Cablagata. Thanks for the videos, Carlos Espíndola!!

The bicyclists are on a pilgrimage from their home state to the island, carrying statues of the patron saint of Mexico, the Virgin of Guadalulpe, to be blessed. They got caught up in the procession of horses & carts honoring the island's patron saint, the Virgin of Immaculate Conception, as it passed our house yesterday. The other pic is from last year, of a group passing the house who were doing their pilgrimage on foot.

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Fine dining a few steps away at Da Luisa or try the neighborhood eateries a couple blocks farther. Within ten minutes walk are a variety of restaurants including Mango Cafe, Brisas, Manolitos, La Chatita, 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.
Full moon rising over the Caribbean 

Dec. 22   6:25
Dec. 23   7:28
Dec. 24   8:33
Dec. 25   9:38
 Dec. 26   10:42
  Dec. 27   11:42 
Painting by Pamela Haase
Sunset  ~6:04 to ~6:16p (beginning vs end of month)
Sunrise  ~7:08 to 7:24
December Events
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Plogging events to clean up the island are held on Saturdays LINK  and here's the Accion Isla LINK 
Patron saint festivities on the Town Square in front of the Church of Immaculate Conception (except the horse processions on Sat, Dec. 1st).
Wednesday, Nov. 28
7p The Patron Saint icon is moved from her niche at the Church
8p Procession downtown (100's of people, singing)
9p Dancing to live music on the Town Square & four dance troupes perform

Thursday, Nov. 29
7:30p Dance troupe & local singers perform
Friday, Nov. 30
7:30p Dance troupe & local singers perform
Saturday, Dec. 1...HORSES!
Noon: Cabalgata (probably on the runway)
1p: Horse caravan (procession around the isle)
Sunday, Dec. 2
7:30p Dance troupe & local singers perform
Monday, Dec. 3
7:30p Dance troupe & local singers perform
Tuesday, Dec. 4
7:30p Dance troupe & local singers perform
Wednesday, Dec. 5
7:30 Juanita Mendez & local singers perform
Thursday, Dec. 6
7:30p Dance troupe & local singers perform
Friday, Dec. 7
7p Large caravan in honor of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception
10p Las Mañanitas Mass
11p Mariachi
11:30 Local artists singing Las Mañanitas
Saturday, Dec. 8
3p Boat procession with the icon in the Bay
5:30p Mass for the returning of the icon to her niche
7p Juanita Mendez & dance troupes perform
8p Closing dance with band Picante Plus
The other schedule shows events by the private groups in her honor at their facilities. The confirmations are at the church on Wednesday, Dec. 5 at 7pm.
Saturday, Dec. 1 Inauguration Day
Plogging clean up 8a-10a meeting at the Mundaca palapa to clean the mangroves

There will be events at the bull ring set up by Amplificacion La Gloria, but I haven't seen a schedule yet. This usually includes a mock bullfight by little people and small cattle, which was presented for two nights the past couple years.

Saturday, Dec. 8 Plogging clean up 8a-10a location TBA.

Sunday, Dec. 9 Noches Magicas performances on the Town Square at 8pm

Tuesday, Dec. 11 Singing of Las Mananitas outside the Chapel of Our Lady of Guadalupe (Salina Chica)

Wednesday, 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,

Saturday, Dec. 15 Plogging clean up 8a-10a location TBA.

Sunday, Dec. 16 Noches Magicas performances on the Town Square at 8pm

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. 21 Winter Solstice  

Friday, Dec. 21 "Elmo's" Golf Cart caravan meeting in front of the Bachilleres dome at 5:30 with decorated carts, led by Santa, Minnie & Mickey, and Elmo, tossing treats & toys to the kids. 

Saturday, Dec. 22 Plogging clean up 8a-10a location TBA.

Sunday, Dec.23 Noches Magicas performances on the Town Square at 8pm

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

Monday, 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.

Tuesday, 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.

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