Saturday, October 17, 2020

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Saturday, October 17

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 Today the municipality of Isla Mujeres reports three more cases for a total of 218, with 18 deaths and 179 recovered.

On the national map for 10/16 our municipality reports 135 suspicious and  92 negatives (with 215 confirmed and 18 deaths). 

The state geoportal reports 3 active cases by colonia as one each in Salina Grande, La Gloria, and Downtown. 


A broad area of low pressure is expected to form in a few days over the southwestern Caribbean Sea. Some gradual development of this system will be possible through the middle of next week while it moves slowly north or NNW over the western Caribbean Sea. There is a low, 30% chance of formation through 5 days.

VIDEO   She says that tourists have been visiting Isla Mujeres since this activity was resumed, noting that hotels are offering package deals and promotions to attract visitors in the New Normality. She says visitors have expressed their preferences for this destination and they both mention recent awards including that Conde Nast ranked Isla Mujeres among the top five islands in North America, Trip Advisor readers placed Playa Norte among the top 25 beaches worldwide, & the only Mexican beach in that category, and ranked it as the Best Beach in Mexico. He mentions the benefits of being a Pueblo Magico and the value of having beaches that earned Blue Flag awards. She says it is a destination with quality services and where the various tourism sectors are applying sanitary measures for the prevention of C-19. 

Mexico's Dame of Death Fueled a Revolution & Survived an Earthquake....Catrina!

Catrina's original name was "La Calavera Garbancera," and she portrayed a vain indigenous woman who sought to elevate her social status by adopting the aristocratic styles of rich Europeans, disdaining her own culture. She was created by political satirist Jose Guadalupe Posada, whose illustrations fueled growing contempt for the government of dictator Porfirio Diaz, who combined massive corruption with an obsession for all things European. Fantastic wealth was concentrated among a privileged few, leading to rebellion & revolution from the repressed majority. Mexico will commemorate the 110th anniversary of that Revolution on November 20th.

A "Garbancera", typically a poor, indigenous person, sells garbanzo beans, and the satiric criticism was that this caricature had abandoned her roots (selling maize) and was dressing-up like a European, but only had a fancy hat to adorn her bones. A "Calavera" is a skull.

The meaning of the character changed after Diego Rivera renamed her "Catrina" in 1947, when he portrayed her in an elegant dress at the center of his 50-foot mural "Dream of a Sunday Afternoon in Alameda Park". She has become an iconic symbol for Dia de los Muertos, and a representation of an attitude toward death that encompasses familiarity and wry humor. The mural pays tribute to her creator, Posada, who stands at her left, while she holds the hand of Rivera as-a-child. She sports a Feathered Serpent boa around her shoulders (a legendary indigenous deity), and Frida stands behind her in traditional Mexican dress, holding a Yin-Yang symbol.

The massive "Alameda Mural" portrays four centuries of Mexico's past, from the Spanish Inquisition to the Mexican Revolution, with dozens of historic figures mingling with everyday characters. Painted during the construction of the Hotel del Prado, the mural somehow survived the tragic earthquake of Sept. 19, 1985, which killed thousands and devastated large parts of Mexico City. The hotel nearly collapsed, but the mural only sustained a few tiny cracks and was extracted by a crane from a second story lobby window of the damaged hulk, which was later demolished. A flatbed truck carefully relocated the 39-ton artwork, encased in foam rubber, wood and steel girders, to a nearby concrete slab, where the Museo Mural Diego Rivera was constructed around it.
Alameda Central Park, created in 1592, is considered the oldest public park in Mexico. Before colonization, an Aztec marketplace was located on the site. It was named Alameda for the large number of "álamo" (poplar) trees planted along its bordering streets. ( "Remember the Alamo"? Named for trees, too.) The demolished Prado was replaced by a Hilton.

Written by Ronda Winn-Roberts, sponsored by Maravilla Caribe Bed & Beach
Mural moving photos - EmiMendoza
1944 Alameda Park aerial photo - Manuel Toissant


From the City (Ayuntamiento de Isla Mujeres)

The City commemorated the 67th anniversary of women obtaining the right to vote.

Maintain healthy distance


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Full moon rising over the Caribbean 
 Thursday, Oct 1 at 6:49, just after sunset
  Oct 2      7:22 
 Oct 3      7:55
Oct 4       8:29
Oct 5      9:07
Oct 6     9:48

 Sunset  6:34-6:11pm (beginning vs end of month)
Sunrise  6:38-6:49am
Painting by Pamela Haase at MVC

Turtles continue nesting in October.

They nest along the eastern beaches. Tortugranja staff and volunteers gather the eggs and incubate them in the sand in a pen outside the facility. Three species nest annually in Isla Mujeres, Greens, Loggerheads, and Hawksbills. The season officially ends on the 15th, but monitoring continues thru the end of the month. Photos of nest hatching out at MaraVilla Caribe Bed & Beach, that was missed by the Tortugranja patrols.






Oct. 6-10, -Draconid meteors, peaking on evening of Oct. 7, but should be worth watching on the night before and after, also This is an evening meteor shower, that you don't have to stay up late to watch...look before the waning moon rises in mid-to-late evening. It is usually a slow shower with a meteor every 10-15 minutes. But it is known for having 'bursts" of hundreds or thousands of meteors in occasional years, which aren't predicted with any certainty.  "Meteor showers are like fishing. You go, and sometimes you catch something." 

Oct 20-21-22-Orionid meteors peak in the early morning hours. There's more activity after midnight and the maximum amount in the pre-dawn hours of Oct. 20th & 21st . These are "shooting stars" from Halley's Comet & occur from early October to early November as the earth passes thru its debris.

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
LINK to NHC   

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