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Events: Concerts for the Holidays

This Week… starting December 20, 2010

Note: The Bici-Ruta will be discontinued until after New Years.

Note: So that our readers can better plan their holidays, we are including a list of all of the Festivals and Fiestas that will be held throughout the interior of the State of Yucatan for the remainder of December. Every one of these events is special and we hope you all take this opportunity to explore the interior of this wonderful state.

Municipal Fiestas This WeekOrange Festival 2010

Yucatan Living Oxkutzcab: Orange Festival: Began on Dec. 10
This is the 26th annual Orange Festival in Yucatan. Those 26 years have seen this festival grow into an international event. Buyers of both citrus fruit and livestock are all on hand to make certain that they get their fair share of the agricultural wealth of the state. Events will be available for the entire family and Juicer Akil will provide free orange, tangerine, and grapefruit for all who attend the festival.

Yucatan Living Tizimin Fiesta: Dec. 15 through Jan. 10
This is a huge fiesta in the heart of Yucatan’s horse country. Visit the Tizimin Website to see loads of pictures of this great area. Tizimin is that large municipality that borders the Gulf of Mexico and Quintana Roo, as well as extending far into the interior of the State. This gives this municipality access to all of the best of the entire peninsula. Their festivals and fiestas are always "must attend" events.

Yucatan Living Tixpéual Festival: Dec. 17 through Dec. 20Tixpeual, Yucatan
This is the annual "County Fair" of this municipality. Tixpéual is bordered on the north by Tixkokob, on the south by Kanasin and Acanceh, on the east by Seye and Tixkokob, and on the west by Kanasin and Merida. Did somebody say “location-location-location?” Tixpéual is one of those places where, when you tell folks you live "in a village on the Yucatan Peninsula," you neglect to add that it is practically in sight of the city. The ethnicity of almost half the population of Tixpéual is Otomi and that is the language they speak. Read more about Otomi History. Since there are fewer than 300,000 Otomi left in Mexico, this group of people is one of the treasures of Yucatan. We hope you take a look at this little municipality. Great things are coming from here in the not too distant future.

Yucatan Living Espita Fiesta 10 Day Event: Dec. 19 through Dec. 28
This fiesta is in honor of the niño Dios. Espita is in the East-Central part of our state, just to the east of Dzitas and just under 2 hours from Merida. Lots of cattle ranches and cowboys here, and all of the good food and leather work that goes along with them. There will be bullfights at this fair, along with a 15 km cattle drive from Sucilá to Espita. You can also find beautiful ramilletes in Espita.


Municipal Festivals and Fiestas: Week of Dec. 20 – 26

Yucatan Living Tunkas Fiesta 5 Day Event: Dec. 20 through Dec. 24
This fiesta is in honor of St. Thomas the Apostle. Tunkas is located just this side of Izamal. Look in Tunkas for huipiles, hammocks, and pottery. Tunkas (Wall of Stones) belonged to the Chieftanship of Cupul during the pre-Histanic era. It is the product of an ancient Mayan civilization that is mentioned in The Book of Chilam Balam of Chumayel. About half of the population is Mayan today and that is the language of all the indigenous people of Tunkas. 

Yucatan Living Sotuta Fiesta 1 Day Event: December 23 (only)
This fiesta is in honor of San Idelfonso, Archbishop of Toledo, who was responsible, in large part, for the unification of the Spanish liturgy. He died in 667. Sotuta is the ancestral home of Nachi Cocom and the ancestral home of the family of assassinated Governor Felipe Carrillo Puerto. If you are a history buff, Sotuta is the place for you. If you are a shopper, this is cowboy country – so look for great leatherwork here!


Municipal Festivals and Fiestas: Week of: Dec. 27 – Jan. 2

Yucatan Living Peto Fiesta 7 Day Event: Dec. 27 through January 2
This fiesta is in honor of the Virgen de la Estrella (the Virgin of the Star). Peto is also a rural municipality, so lots of leatherwork here – but there are also at least 3 fantastic jewelry shops in Peto and at least one of these families creates the marvelous high-end jewelry sold in the better shops in Merida. Any fiesta in Peto is a great excuse to find out just what wonders may lie in the heart of Yucatan. 

Yucatan Living Tizimin Festival 9 Day Event: Dec. 29 through January 6Tizimin Fair 2010
This event overlaps with the fiesta that begins on Dec. 15 and ends on Jan. 10. The focus of this event is on agriculture, livestock, industry, and artisans. If you are looking for an “After Christmas Sale,” we suggest that this event might be just the ticket. The event includes celebrations in honor of the Three Kings, with Jan. 6 being the biggest celebration, and is just the first of the celebrations in January. You are cordially invited to come back yet again, Jan. 28 – 31, for the Fiesta in Honor of the Virgen de la Candelaria. Don’t forget to visit the Tizimin Website.


In the City of Merida

Las Posadas and Rama in Yucatan
If you are anywhere in Mexico between December 16 and Christmas, you are likely to see one of these candlelight processions Las Posadas that reenacts the search of the Holy family for a place for Baby Jesus to be born. And/Or, in Yucatan, on any given night during Advent (the 24 days leading up to Christmas), you could find a group of neighborhood children at your door carrying las ramas and a picture of the Virgin of Guadalupe. They will be singing songs and collecting money. You are invited to visit Yucatan Living’s article on these wonderful traditions and joyous celebrations.


Monday (Lunes) December 20, 2010

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Tuesday (Martes) December 21, 2010New York, New York

Yucatan Living Movie: New York, I Love You
(US 2009) Directors: Fatih Akin, Yvan Attal, and 9 others. Starring Natalie Portman, Bradley Cooper, Orlando Bloom, Ethan Hawke, Mames Caan, John Hurt, Hayden Christensen, Cristina Ricci, and others. This is an anthology of love stories set in New York.
Location: Centro Cultural Jose Marti / Parque de las Americas, Av. Colon x Calle 20, Garcia Ginerés
Time: 8:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Classical Music: Chorus and Orchestra of the State System of Youth Orchestras of Yucatan
This performance will be under the direction of Jose Luis Chan
Location: Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 6:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Wednesday (Miercoles) December 22, 2010

Yucatan Living Chamber Music: Youth Band System (Sistema de Bandas Juveniles)
This performance is under the direction of Luis Fernando Luna Guarneros
Location: Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM WednesdayAlegria Navideña
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: Holiday Cheer (Alegria Navideña)
This is a performance by the Chamber orchestra and the Choir of the City of Merida, under the artistic direction of Mtro. Jose Luis Chan and Mtra Nidia Gongora Cervera
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Thursday (Jueves) December 23, 2010

Yucatan Living Concert: A Day to Remember
This is a performance by Grupo Linaje, under the direction of Luis Guillermo
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie
Check the MAAG for updates on this event
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: Thursday, 9:00 PM
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students.


Friday (Viernes) December 24, 2010

Yucatan Living Christmas’s EveMass in English in Merida

Yucatan Living Cathedral Mass in English  
If you can make your way to the Cathedral in Merida on Christmas Eve, you will never forget the experience. If the mass is in English, as this one will be, then all the better.
Location: In the Chapel of the Cathedral, Calle 61 x 60
Time: 6:00 PM
Admission: Free


Saturday (Sabado) December 25, 2010

Yucatan Living Christmas Day

Yucatan Living Hotel Zamna: Traditional Christmas Dinner
Menu: carrot & mushroom soup with bread roll; homemade French pate served with side salad, roast turkey with all trimmings, vegetables and baby boiled potatoes, peaches marinated in Brandy with Limon Sorbet, traditional Christmas Cake, Liquor Coffees. Drink of choice upon arrival and unlimited red or white wine served with dinner. Christmas fun prize quiz, carols played in the background.
Location: Hotel Zamna
Time: Doors open 3:00 PM, Dinner: 3:30 PM
Admission: $300 pesos Limit 26 guests so collect your tickets as early as possible


Sunday (Domingo) December 26, 2010

Yucatan Living The Bici-Ruta
This popular weekly event has been suspended for the holidays.
The Bici-Ruta will resume on Sunday, January 2, 2011.

Yucatan Living Merida en Domingo
Please make a note that today’s Merida en Domingo activity will not begin until 11:00 AM.Dolphins

Yucatan Living Documentary: Dolphins
Location: Museum of Natural History, Calle 59, next to the zoo
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: The Hound of the Baskervilles
We have no information about this version of The Hound of the Baskervilles, other than the title of this movie. However, this story is such a favorite of all generations that we just couldn’t let it pass without letting everyone know it will be here.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 11:00 AM Sunday
Admission: Free


Monday (Lunes) December 27, 2010

Yucatan Living Music: United in Praise and Worship (Unidos en Alabanzas y Adoracion)
This performance is under the direction of Erik Cervera
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Monday
Admission: Free


Tuesday (Martes) December 28, 2010Trio Ensueño

Yucatan Living Tuesday of Trova: Trio Ensueño
This performance is under the direction of Diego Cocom and is the perfect way to close out the year in Merida.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Music: Presentation of the Dictionary of Popular Song in Yucatan
Location: Teatro Daniel Ayala, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free


Wednesday (Miercoles) December 29, 2010Tenor Arturo Martin

Yucatan Living Concert: Voice and Piano: La Cancion de España
Only the best of the best will do this week. This is a performance by the great tenor Arturo Martin, under the direction of teacher to the stars, Alberto Alvarez. The combination of Arturo Martin’s voice and Alberto Alvarez, at the piano, is always a must see event.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Thursday (Jueves) December 30, 2010

Yucatan Living Concert: Voices in Bronze (Voces en Bronce)
This is a performance by Campanas Tubulares, under the direction of Ruben Lopez.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie
Check the MAAG for updates on this event
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: Thursday, 9:00 PM
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students.


Friday (Viernes) December 31, 2010

Yucatan Living New Year’s Eve. Check our list of Restaurants for places to go tonight.New Year in Yucatan

Yucatan Living Zamna New Year Gala  Dec. 31
This year’s theme will be “Emerald Magic.” Included will be a four course, sit down dinner. The menu will include: Cream of Chicken and Mushroom Soup, Roast Pork, apple Sauce, Stuffing served with Vegetables, Baby Boiled Potatoes, Peaches marinated in Brandy served with Caramel Flan, Christmas Fruit Cake, and Liquor Coffees. You will also enjoy: The Zamna Emerald Magic Prize Quiz, Dancing to 3 decades of music, and a toast at midnight. All local spirits, beers and house wine throughout the night – AND a few surprises.
Location: Hotel Zamna
Time: Doors Open: 8:00 PM, Dinner: 8:30 PM
Admission: $400 pesos

Yucatan Living Hotel Yakunah: New Year’s Eve Party
Live music, international buffet, Champaigne at 12 and – again this year – they will burn ‘el viejo!
Location: Hotel Yakunah, Calle 21 #64 x 48 y 50 (across from Orca Condos)
Time: Doors Open: TBA, Dinner Begins: TBA
Admission: TBA
Reservations: Stop by the hotel, e-mail: info[at]hotelyakunah[dot]com[mx], hotelyakunah[at]yahoo[dot]com, Call: (969) 935-5600, (999) 262-2331


Saturday (Sabado) January 01, 2010

Yucatan Living New Year’s Holiday


Sunday (Domingo) January 02, 2010

Yucatan Living The Bici-Ruta
This popular weekly event has been suspended for the holidays.
The Bici-Ruta will resume today.

Yucatan Living Merida en Domingo
Please make a note that today’s Merida en Domingo activity will not begin until 11:00 AM.

Coming Soon

Yucatan Living The Festival of the City of Merida
January 5 through January 30

This festival will celebrate the 469th anniversary of the founding of the City of Merida. There will be approximately 1,000 events held in the city in a 3 ½ week period of time. Every year, this festival grows and the events become more spectacular. Guest nation this year is Colombia, so look for Colombian art and music throughout the month of January. We are beginning to get dates on some of the events and will enter them in our calendar, as well as presenting them – week-by-week – here in the Events column, so check back regularly to see our updated calendar.

Yucatan Living 2nd Annual Spay-Neuter Campaign 2nd Annual Spay-Neuter Campaign
Merida: January 9 – 12
Progreso: January 14 & 15

Goal: To Spay or Neuter 1,500 dogs and cats in 6 days (Yes we can!)
Sponsors: Planned Pethood in cooperation with UADY, Servicios de Salud deYucatan, Evolución, AFAD, The City of Mérida, PRI Verde and other organizations
Volunteer Vets Will Be From: the US., Canada, Romania and Slovakia
Need: 10 double hotel rooms, free or at reduced rates; and food for the vets while they are here
In Exchange For: Your Logo on all promotional material, including on banners displayed at each spay-neuter location.
For More Information and details about how you can participate, please contact Dr. Tony or Dr. Nelson at Planned Pethood. Phone: 944-2310 or by e-mail: planpetmex[at]yahoo[dot]com[dot]mx

Yucatan Living Christmas Bird Count – Between December 14 and January 15
Yucatan will hold 3 Christmas Bird Counts, each over an area of a 15 mile diameter circle. The centers of these circles are in Celestun, El Cuyo, and Rio Lagartos. Visit the Toh website to learn more about this event. As of this post, the registration button has not gone live, but you can contact them by e-mail from their contact page.

Yucatan Living Central College Musicians, from Pella, Iowa: January 10
There have been over 6,000 students from Central College, in Pella, Iowa, who have come to Yucatan since this relationship began. Today, Central College provides an academic scholarship for one Yucateco to attend their school. Now, 44 musicians from the Orchestra of Winds and the Jazz Band, both at Central College in Pella, will be playing 3 concerts in Merida between January 10 and 12. The first 2 concerts will be held at the same time, but in different locations, and are open to the public.
Concert by the Jazz Band of Central College, Pella, Iowa
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo
Concert by the Wind Orchestra of Central College, Pella, Iowa
Location: Centro Marista de la Colonia Emiliano Zapata Sur
Time: 8:00 PM (these are at the same time)
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Cats n Kids Bazaar and Bake Sale: February 12, 2011
Location: TBA
Time: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Please mark your calendars and plan to support what we hope will be a huge garage sale. You can start now to put things you would like to donate aside, and you can ask your friends to do so too! Half of the money from this event will go to La Casa de Los Malcriados (The House of the Brat Cats), operated by Lida and Diana, who are two of the nicest people we know. Together, they care for 55 cats and 3 dogs. The other half of the proceeds will go to Un Kilo de Auyuda, a program that seeks to end child hunger and malnutrition in Yucatan. To learn more about this important event and to contact the sponsors, Visit the YAPA Website.

Yucatan Living Carnival 2011 (More as we hear additional information)
Mark your calendars now for the following parade dates:Carnaval 2011
March 2, 2011: Quema del Mal Humor
March 3, 2011: Preschoolers Parade
March 4, 2011: Corsican Parade
March 5, 2011: Fantasia Parade
March 6, 2011: Bachata Parade (Loads of fun with a Caribbean flavor)
March 7, 2011: Regional Parade
March 8, 2011: Battle of the Flowers Parade
March 9, 2011: Entierro de Juan Carnival
Keep an eye on Zona de Palcos to plan where you will get the best view of the festivities. No word yet on seating prices, but there should be more information soon.
Carnival Map on the Carnival de Merida 2011 website.


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