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The Director of the municipal Department of Civil Protection said the are working in an ongoing manner to prevent purchases of fireworks, and have been conducting unannounced visits to shops that have been identified as vendors, to avoid them selling these products which could incur fines and closures. "
The Mayor invited the residents and visitors to join the New Year's Eve celebration with bands & dancing on the Town Square and to greet the first rays of the sun at Punta Sur. Tickets for tables at the New Year's Eve celebration on the Town Square will be sold at the main entrance to the Town Hall/Palacio Municipal 10a-8p today & tomorrow. The bands will be “El Pulpo, Alfredo & Sus Teclados” and “Mega Boom”
The City Council officially recognized the band "Mega Boom" at a special session
From Por Esto :
Isla Mujeres news briefs
Breves de Isla Mujeres
Lifeguards continue to monitor Media Luna beach to prevent visitors from entering the water, who ignore the warning signs. They also continue to advise the boats that moor near Playa Norte not to tie to the buoy line, which damages it.
It is noted that the office of the Ministerio Público de la Fiscalía General (Prosecutor's) is in need of new paint.
Thousands of tourists arriving
Arriban miles de turistas al destinoSaturday was the busiest day of the last fortnight of 2019, with thousands of tourists arriving. By noon, nearly all of the 800 rental golf carts had been leased. The forecasts indicate good weather is likely for the remainder of the year, with the wind increasing on Sunday afternoon, but isn't expected to reach 40 kph.
Maga Boom: Official band
Mega Boom, orquesta oficialLaw of Revenue 2020 published
Publican Ley de Ingresos 2020The Revenue budget for 2020 was officially published.
Twice as many cases of decompression
Se duplica número de descompresionesWith two months remaining for the lobster catching season, there have been nearly twice as many cases of decompression compared to the entire season last year, when there were 76. The number of cases this season reached 150 on Friday. There have been 150 treatments given to ~140 fishermen, 12 of which were serious, but they recovered. No one has died after treatment, but there have been three deaths before arriving at the chamber of whom one was from the cooperative Caribe, another from Patria y Progreso, and the other from Puerto Juarez.
Some complaints that some foreign tourists are spending less money
Turistas sin gastar como aquí quierenTaxi drivers, waiters and masseuses are saying that they are hearing that foreign visitors, especially those from the US are being cautious with their money and spending less on their vacations because they are concerned about the risk of an economic crisis that could occur in the upcoming year in their country."
Good weather for fishermen to catch up
Tiempo tranquilo y a reponersePromoting home gardens in the Agricultural Zone on the mainland
Apoyan huertas de traspatio en Zona Agrícola
MaraVilla Caribe Bed & Beach
Three rentals with large glass doors overlooking our white
sand beach and
the beautiful Caribbean sea, with
kitchenettes & fast WIFI. In the coastal
neighborhood of Bachilleres, among
convenient to downtown
the colonias, yet
separate. Quiet & Private.
|A large slider opens from each of the 3 rooms onto the patio where each has a table & chairs, hammock & clotheslines. The BBQ is behind the pole, and the outdoor shower is outa the pic at left.|
Free amenities such as hammocks,bikes, BBQ grills, safes, portable beach chairs & beach towels, washer & dryer, loungers. Breathtaking panoramic views from the rooftop terrace. Large sliding doors open to a patio & our backyard-beach, overlooking the Caribbean sea. Upstairs room also available. Downtown is ~ a mile away; if you don't feel like walking, flag a $2 taxi. Parking. You can enjoy the music & crowds downtown, then come home our quiet neighborhood of Bachilleres where you'll sleep to the sounds of the sea.. $275/$325/$425 wk $40/50/$65nt Monthly Discounts
Fine dining a few steps away at Da Luisa or try the neighborhood eateries a couple blocks farther. We provide a list of links & direction to over 20 eateries within ten minutes walk, including Mango Cafe, Mike's Pizza, Brisas, Rosa Sirena, Manolitos, La Chatita, Green Verde, Kash Kechen Chuc, and the large department store-grocery , Chedraui & 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 Casa Ixchel. Fresh juice, produce & tortillas a few blocks away in the village, as well as a variety of other stores. It takes 20-30 minutes to walk downtown.```````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````
Full moon rising over the Caribbean
|December 12 6:46|
December 13 7:42
December 14 8:42
December 15 9:44
December 16 10:46
December 17 11:48
Painting by Pamela Haase at MVC
Sunset ~6:04-6:16p (start-end/mo)
Sunrise ~7:08-7:24a (start-end/mo)
Provided by MaraVilla Caribe & Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events
Wednesday nights at 8:45p, the group "Isla en Bici" bike around the isle, meeting at Juarez & Abasolo. Lights required, helmet recommended. LINK
Thursday afternoons ~3p-8p Artist Fair on the Paseo de la Triguena off the Town Square at the malecon by the food trucks.
Thursday, Nov. 28 The Festival for the Town Saint, Our Lady of Immaculate Conception began
when the icon was removed from her niche.
The Cabalgata horse procession is Saturday, Dec. 7th at noon & Por Esto says it will travel from downtown to the colonias. That evening at 7pm is the vehicular caravan around the isle, and at 9pm is the Mass of the Mañanitas with Mariachi.
On her Day, Sunday, Dec. 8th are the Communions (10a) and the procession by the boats in the Bay (3p), with the closing Mass and return to her niche at 6p.
Sunday, Dec. 1 at 7pm on the Town Square--Lighting of the Christmas lights & dance troupe performances!
Wednesday, Dec. 11 The run is after the 7p Mass and here is the route. It begins at the Catholic Church on the Town Square, going toward Mundaca as usual, but then they will go into Sac Bajo, past Dolphin Discovery, returning on that same street, then going right to the Sacred Heart Church in La Gloria and along the Caribbean coastal road to the Capilla/Chapel of Guadalupe in Salina Chica. Singing of Las Mañanitas outside the Chapel of Our Lady of Guadalupe in colonia Salina Chica at ~10:30
Thursday, Dec. 12 Full moon rise just after sunset. Some meteors will occur between 8p and dawn, but tomorrow will be the main event.
Friday, Dec. 13-Geminid Meteor shower peaks and is considered one of the best & "most reliable", because the individual meteors are bright, and they come fast and furious, often in "spurts". This year the fainter ones will be invisible because of the full moon.They begin slowly at ~8p, peak around 3a, and continue until dawn, radiating from a point left of the moon, near a bright star called Castor. Look out over the sea, there's less light pollution, and since they may come in ~15 minute bursts, there may also be 15 minute periods of inactivity or low activity.
The Posadas Navidenas take place Dec. 16-24 and usually include at least one event on the Town Square, featuring regional dances and probably costumes from different parts of Mexico. Schools, businesses, City departments, and individuals celebrate the season and comraderie at posada parties. "Posada" means "Inn" and the term commemorates Joseph and Mary seeking shelter for the birth of Jesus, but it's a general term for these seasonal parties. During this period, you'll see groups of children caroling and carrying a branch, singing "La Rama", which is a regional tradition & it's appropriate to reward them with coins.
Saturday, Dec. 21 Winter solstice is December 21
The Annual "Elmo Christmas Golf Cart Caravan" is Saturday, Dec 21st, meeting in front of MaraVilla Caribe Bed & Beach (in Bachilleres, in front of the dome, just north of Salina Chica on prolongacion Aeropuerto aka Jesus Martinez Ross) and Casa Ixchel at 5:30, facing south. The procession of decorated carts is led by characters in costume, Elmo, Mickey & Minnie & Santa, and the participants toss candy & toys as they wind south thru the colonias, and then head downtown. Both foreign & Mexican residents participate & everyone's invited...BYOCart & Candy/Toys
Saturday, Dec. 21 Ursid meteor shower
Tuesday, Dec. 24 Noche Buena, many businesses may close early so employees can celebrate with their families.
Wednesday, Dec. 25 Christmas Most tourist-oriented businesses will be open
Saturday, Dec. 28 Dia de los Santos Innocentes A day of practical jokes, similar to "April Fool's Day"
Monday & Tuesday Dec. 30 & 31-Tickets for tables at the New Year's Eve celebration on the Town Square will be sold at the main entrance to the Town Hall/Palacio Municipal 10a-8p. They generally include noisemakers & cider & will probably cost at least 1000 pesos and seat ~6-8 people, but that's a guess based on the past. Tickets may sell out early. Two bands. .
|NYE on Town Square by Eduard Joao|
In December, Ruben's charity (link) is very active collecting toy donations & putting together hampers for low income families, to be distributed on Three King's Day, January 6th.
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. .
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
LINK to GOES East Band 16 GIF (animation)
LINK to a private weather station on Isla Mujeres
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