Saturday, November 2, 2019

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Saturday, November 2

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Isla Mujeres heads a list of preferred beaches in the state of Quintana Roo in the category "Party Lovers" according to a presentation at the conference “Mercados Turísticos en el Caribe Mexicano”. Isla Mujeres was presented as within the preferred travel destinations for couples, among the best on a world class level. Isla Mujees placed first, followed by Holbox Island, with Cancun taking third place. 
    Isla Mujeres has also been rated one of the five best destinations in Mexico, Central & South America, for its natural riches, clean beaches, and friendly inhabitants. The municipality has 60 hotels and nearly 5000 rooms.  

Improving street lighting 
   Fifty streetlights along Medina Avenue were repaired and maintained  

The City promoted customs & traditions for Day of the Dead which began with a Paseo de Animas procession and a display of Hanal Pixan altars followed by artistic performances.


Waterless Wednesday! Aguakan announced they'll be interrupting tap water service to the isle on Nov.6th, noting that when service is restored in the evening, low pressure is likely in the following hours. Most buildings on the isle have rooftop water storage tanks (tinacas) that carry us through, with conservation, but the low pressure delays their refilling.
They'll be doing electrical maintenance work & installing flow measurement equipment on the mainland.

Civil Protection & the Firefighters responding to a report of bees in the cemetery.

Catrina started the Mexican Revolution! Well, she helped...
Catrina has come to symbolize Día de los Muertos & the Mexican willingness to laugh at death, treating it with familiarity, and even hospitality.
The original "Catrina" was a Revolutionary babe, created in 1910 by political satirist-artist Jose Guadalupe Posada, whose illustrations brought the news of the day to the illiterate majority of impoverished Mexicans. He promoted growing disdain for dictator Porfirio Diaz, whose government embodied massive corruption, extravagance and obsession with all things European. Fantastic wealth was concentrated among a privileged few, leading to rebellion & revolution from the repressed majority.
Catrina's original name was, "La Calavera Garbancera," referring to native Mexicans who scorned their culture and tried to pass as European. She represented Death as the ultimate equalizer; when being rich or poor doesn't matter.
She became "Catrina" thirty-seven years later, when Diego Rivera portrayed her as a full-length figure in an elegant dress in the center of his 50-foot mural, "Dream of a Sunday Afternoon in Alameda Park". She holds 10-year-old Rivera's hand, while Frida Kahlo stands behind them in traditional Mexican dress. A dapper Posada stands at Catrina's left, offering her his arm.
written by Ronda Winn Roberts.

  The Mayan celebration of "Hanal Pixan" (Food for the Souls) includes the belief that the souls of their loved ones stay until November 7th. On the eve of these celebrations, it is believed that the fine rain that often falls is used by the dead to wash their clothing before coming to the earthly homes that have been prepared for them. Día de los Muertos, aka Día de los Fieles Difuntos y Todos los Santos, begins in the wee hours of November 1st (after midnight of Oct. 31st) when the souls of the children return, with the adults following during the early hours of Nov 2nd.
Mayan ancestors believed humans were endowed with a soul or spirit, called "Pixan". At death, the spirit-soul travels to a place that corresponds to their conduct in life. They believed the worlds of the living, of the dead, and of the gods were interconnected by snake-like roads used by Pixan-souls to return each year to be alive during this eight day period called "Ochovario".
It is presumed the souls are thirsty and hungry, and will enjoy the essences of their favorite beverages and foods, which are placed on altars. These vary by region, but in general, they're covered with an embroidered cloth and include a cross & images of saints, photos of the deceased ones, candles, yellow 'mum' flowers, and incense. Offerings for children include marzipan candies in special shapes, cookies, chocolates, seasonal fruits, pastries, and toys. Adult altars may have cigars & alcohol, in addition to traditional foods for this holiday like pibi tamales, pan de los muertos pastries and relleno negro stew. For souls who have no one to remember them, a small table may be placed beside the family altar, with a candle, water, and a plate of food, or a basket may be hung at the home's entrance with offerings inside.    Written by Ronda Winn Roberts.

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At a meeting between the City Council members, Aguakan executive Faust Ramos say the installation of the new wastewater network at Punta Sur is 75% finished and should be ready by November 30th, except the paving. The need for signs was also discussed, since there are trenches that are 7 meters deep. LINK   VIDEO   

- With the objective of joining efforts and taking advantage of human and material resources as well as promoting joint work in favor of a sustainable municipality that preserves its environment, the municipal government Isla Mujeres signed an agreement with the Technological University of Cancun (UT) that will provide better development opportunities for both institutions. The agreement aims to establish mechanisms that benefit both the municipal government and the educational institution with meetings, conferences, workshops and training for UT students as well as the use of facilities, job fairs, job training, labor and consulting services.LINK   

Prosecutor's office will investigate aggression against inspectors with the Mobility Institute LINK  

I'll finish this manana....The November evens are below.

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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, La Sirena, and the large department store-grocery, Chedraui.and the local craft Brewery. 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 
November 12   6:30
November 13  7:13
November 14   8:01
November 15   8:53
November 16   9:50
November 17  10:50
November 18  11:51

Painting by Pamela Haase
Sunset  ~6:11-6:04p (start-end/mo)
Sunrise ~6:50-7:07a (start-end/mo)
November Events 
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Wednesday nights at 8:45p, the group "Isla en Bici" bike around the isle, meeting at Juarez &  Abasolo. Lights required, helmet recommended. LINK   

Wednesday, Nov. 6 Diabetic Clinic-Free for residents with glucose testing, glucometers & supplies, reading glasses, nutritional education. Senior Citizens Club in colonia La Gloria 9a-12p.
Monday, Nov 11-12 N. Taurids Meteor Shower peaks around midnight

Tuesday, Nov. 12  Postal Workers Day  El Día del Cartero y del Empleado Postal

 Thursday, Nov. 14 World Diabetes Day

Friday, Nov. 15-Sunday, Nov. 17 Buen Fin (sales)

Saturday, Nov. 16-17 Leonids Meteor Shower  but the moon will interfere

Monday, Nov. 18 Día de la Revolución Mexicana  There is usually a parade down Rueda Medina that starts around 8a, usually from the Naval base. Expect traffic detours. Banks & governmental offices close. 

The Festival for the Town Saint, Our Lady of Immaculate Conception will begin sometime around the weekend of Friday, Nov. 28 and continue thru her day on Dec. 8th. There is usually a Cabalgata parade of horses and a "bullring" set up (bullfights have been banned in Mexico), where there are rodeos and comedic bullfights, as well as folklorico dance performances and a night or two of live music & dancing on the Town Square. More info TBA.

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
 LINK to GOES East Band 16 GIF (animation)
LINK to a private weather station on Isla Mujeres

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