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Merida Events: Candelaria

This Week… starting February 1

Municipal Fiestas This Week

Yucatan Living Tecoh Fiesta 1 Day EventFebruary 2
This fiesta is in honor of the Virgin de la Candelaria. If you look at a map of the Municipality of Merida, you will see Tecoh down at the far southeast edge. The artisans of this area excel in the areas of making machine embroidered huipiles, hemp hammocks, and woodcarving. Tecoh means “Place of the Puma” and most of the buildings in the town of Tecoh are built on top of pre-Columbian foundations. This is a great area that far too many tend to overlook. 

Yucatan Living San Felipe 1 Day Event- February 5
This fiesta is in honor of San Felipe de Jesus. San Felipe is between Rio Lagartos and Dzilam de Bravo and is rapidly becoming quite a tourist destination. Any seafood you can think of can be found here and it is a great place to see waterfowl, turtles, and flamingos.

Yucatan Living Kantunil Fiesta
January 31 through February 4.
This fiesta is in honor of the Virgen de la Candelaria. The hallmark of this fiesta is its many religious and union processions. Kantunil is between Izamal, on the north, and Sotuta, on the south. According to the MileByMile map, the Kantunil exit from the Merida to Cancun toll road (autopista de cuota) is a little under 40 miles from Merida. There is currently a big push on, by the Municipal Council in Kantunil, to improve the cultural experience of children, with a focus on Mayan tradition, so this should be a trip everyone will enjoy. 


In the City of Merida

Don’t forget – this is the first week of the month. That means the Merida Men’s Club will be meeting on Tuesday and expats will be getting together at Fiesta Americana on Friday night. Be sure to check our ongoing events page for specifics about both of those events and more!


Monday (Lunes) February 1, 2010

Yucatan Living Constitution Day
Wondering why stores or banks are closed? Today is a national holiday. Technically, the day is February 5, but this year it is being observed today. Read more about Mexico’s Constitution here on Wikipedia. Enjoy your day off!

Yucatan Living Movie: To Be Determined… by You!
This is the night that Cairo Cinema lets the audience choose the film they want to watch. Such power!
Location: Cairo Cinema Café, Calle 20 # 98-A x 15 y 17, Col. Itzimna
Time: 7:00 PM
Admission: Free


Tuesday (Martes) February 2, 2010

Yucatan Living Dia de la Candelaria
Today, or rather tonight, will be Candle Mass.

Yucatan Living Tuesday of Trova: Trio Andariegos
While we are unfamiliar with this particular trio, we do know the director, Rene Gamboa, and can promise you a wonderful performance whenever he is involved.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo
Time: 8:30 PMAnnie Hall plays in Merida
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Annie Hall
This is a 1977 Woody Allen movie starring Woody Allen and Diane Keaton. Neurotic New York comedian Alvy Singer falls in love with the ditsy Annie Hall. Remember Diane Keaton’s hat and baggy pants? Among other things, this movie sparked a fashion revolution.
Location: Cairo Cinema Café, Calle 20 # 98-A x 15 y 17, Col. Itzimna
Time: 7:00 PM
Admission: Free


Wednesday (Miercoles) February 3, 2010

Yucatan Living Not a lot going on tonite… stay home and rest, or check our ongoing events page for events on Wednesday


Thursday (Jueves) February 4, 2010

Yucatan Living Movie: Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
This is a 1998 movie, directed by Guy Richie (who ended up marrying Madonna soon after the movie came out), starring Jason Flemyng, Dexter Fletcher, Nick Moran, and Jason Statham. Four London working class stiffs pool their money to put one in a high stakes card game, but things go wrong and they end up owing half a million pounds and having one week to come up with the cash.
Location: Centro Cultura Jose Marti, Parque de las Americas
Time: 8:30 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: David Bowie Videos and Concerts
Ground Control to Major Tom… serious David Bowie fans will be enjoying themselves tonite! And for the rest of us, a chance to peek back in time to see how Bowie changed the game.
Location: Cairo Cinema Café, Calle 20 # 98-A x 15 y 17, Col. Itzimna
Time: 7:00 PM
Admission: Free


Friday (Viernes) February 5, 2010

Yucatan Living Movie: That Obscure Object of DesireObscure Object of Desire
This is a 1977 French film directed by famous surrealist Luis Bunuel. It stars Fernando Rey and Carole Bouquet. Just after boarding a train, much to the surprise of his fellow passengers, a man pours a bucket of water over a young girl on the platform. The rest of the movie is a flashback telling you why he did it. A study in temptation and obsession.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo
Time: 6:00 PM and 8:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Moon
This is a movie directed by Duncan Jones, starring Sam Rockwell and Kevin Spacey as the voice of the computer. Astronaut Sam Bell has a quintessentially personal encounter toward the end of his three-year stint on the Moon, where he, working alongside his computer, GERTY, sends back to Earth parcels of a resource that has helped diminish our planet’s power problems. It’s a lot more complicated than that, of course. And it’s about our relationship with technology, and if it is really serving our best interests. Released in 2009, it takes some of the messages of 2001 and continues the discussion.
Location: Cairo Cinema Café, Calle 20 # 98-A x 15 y 17, Col. Itzimna
Time: 7:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Documentary: TBD
Location: Casa de Cultura Elena Poniatowska: La 68, Calle 68 # 470a x 55
Time: 9 PM Friday
Admission: $20 pesos


Saturday (Sábado) February 6, 2010

Yucatan Living Pre-Carnival: Grand Costume Contest
Check out all the costumes before the big event… or don’t go and be surprised.
Location: Parque de la Colonia Aleman
Time: 6:00 PM

Yucatan Living Box Azteca Presents Total Impact in MeridaBox Azteca in Merida
Likar Ramos vs. Jorge Solis
Ramon Maas vs German Meraz
…and we’ve got a dog in this fight. His name is Ramon Maas (aka La Cobra) and he is from right here in Merida, so if you love boxing, this is the place to be on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2010!
Location: Deportivo La Inalambrica
Time: 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Tickets Available at San Fransisco de Asis Centro and Juega Juega.
VIP: $500 pesos, Ringside Dorado: $300 pesos, Ringside Gral.: $200 pesos, Gradas: $100 pesosPromises playing in Merida Yucatan

Yucatan Living Movie: Promises
This is a 2001 movie directed by Carlos Bolado and B.. Goldberg. Several Jewish and Palestinian children are followed for three years and put in touch with each other. This documentary presents the Palestinian-Israeli conflict in a new perspective.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo
Time: 5:00 PM and 7:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
This is a 2004 movie directed by Michel Gondry, starring Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet. A couple undergo a procedure to erase each other from their memories when their relationship turns sour, but it is only through the process of loss that they discover what they had to begin with. A fascinating story of attraction, loss and love.
Location: Cairo Cinema Café, Calle 20 # 98-A x 15 y 17, Col. Itzimna
Time: 7:00 PM
Admission: Free


Sunday (Domingo) February 7, 2010

Yucatan Living Super Bowl Sunday! How Bout Dem Saints!

Okay, we admit to a soft spot in our hearts for New Orleans. Ni modo, let the best team win!

Yucatan Living Documentary: Challenging the Extremes
On a planet where light, water and food is so abundant, there are some animals that have developed under extreme conditions and seem to be doing quite well in their chosen habitat. Great show for the entire family.
Location: Museum of Natural History
Time: 12:00 PM
Admission: FreeHarold & Maude plays in Merida Yucatan Mexico

Yucatan Living Movie: Harold & Maude
This is a 1971 Hal Ashby film, starring Ruth Gordon and Bud Cort. Young, rich, and obsessed with death, Harold finds himself changed forever when he meets lively septuagenarian Maude at a funeral. Honestly, one of our favorite movies of all time! If you haven’t seen it, don’t miss it now. This movie defined a generation… and the soundtrack by Cat Stevens isn’t all bad either.
Location: Cairo Cinema Café, Calle 20 # 98-A x 15 y 17, Col. Itzimna
Time: 7:00 PM
Admission: Free


Coming Soon

Yucatan Living Carnival 2010: Merida, YucatanCarnival, Merida 2010
The following is a list of the official activities and parades in the City of Merida during Carnival. There will be others, including parades in all of the villages and outlying municipalities. We will add them as they are sent to us.

Wednesday: Feb. 10, 2010: Quema del Mal Humor (Burning of Bad Moods)
Location: Lower Floor of the Municipal Palace
Time: 8:00 PM

Thursday: Feb. 11, 2010: Pre-School Parade
Location: From the Municipal Palace to Parque Santa Lucia
Time: 4:00 PM

Friday: Feb. 12, 2010: Pirates Parade
Location: From the Monumento a la Patria to Parque de San Juan
Time: 7:00 PM

Saturday: Feb. 13, 2010: Parade of Fantasia
Location: From the Monumento a la Patria to Parque de San Juan
Time: 7:00 PM

Sunday: Feb. 14, 2010: Parade de Bachata
Well – its certainly shorter to say Bachata than “Laissez et la bon temps rouler!” – and easier to spell too! This is a parade to make some noise and have a good time!
Location: From the Monumento a la Patria to Parque de San Juan
Time: 12:00 PM

Monday: Feb. 15, 2010: Regional Parade
Location: From the Monumento a la Patria to Parque de San Juan
Time: 7:00 PM

Tuesday: Feb. 16, 2010: Battle of Flowers Parade
Location: From the Monumento a la Patria to Parque de San Juan
Time: 12:00 PM

Wednesday: Feb. 17, 2010: Burning of Juan Carnival
Location: Plaza Grande
Time: 7:00 PM

Yucatan Living Feb. 20: World Championship Boxing in Merida!
Guty Espadas (former champ) vs Elio Rojas (current champ)
With Espadas as the clear local favorite!
Location: Poliforum Merida, KuKulcan Stadium
Time: 7:00 PM
Admission: Tickets available at MegaMedia (Prolongacion Montejo in front Club Campestre) and Materama (Construction stores)

Yucatan Living The Symphonic Orchestra of Yucatan
Don’t forget to sneak a peek at the coming offerings from the Symphonic Orchestra this Spring. Stars we will see include: Christopher Collins (violin) in February, Robbin Blanco (classical guitar) in March, Alfredo Arjona (piano) in April, Luis Mora (clarinet) in May, and the big finale to the entire season is… Carmen (the opera) is back in June for six performances! …and you will never guess who is singing in the role of Carmen! Carla Dirlikov! Carla is a young friend of ours and the U.S. Cultural Envoy to Mexico. What a season!
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: Friday performances: 9:00 PM, Sunday performances 12:00 PM
Admission:$150, $100, $80 and $60 pesos. 25% discount for children and INAPAM
More Information: 923-1334 and 923-1335

Yucatan Living February 12: Slow Foods Farmer’s Market
This organic farmer’s market will launch on Friday, February 12, 2010, and will be held every Friday after that. Vendors who wish to sell their products at the Farmer’s Market must send a solicitation describing the product and retail prices to David Sterling Los Dos Cooking School, Calle 68 No. 517, Colonia Centro. You may also e-mail chefsterling [at] los-dos [dot] com
Location: Calle 31 # 70 x 12 y 14, Col. Chuburna de Hidalgo
Phone: 999-928-1116
Time: 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM every Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Feb. 27: Casa Zamna: A Night of Carnival Magic & MusicCarnaval Night At Casa Zamna
Latin American music from Samba to Salsa. A roast pork sit down dinner will be served with all the trimmings, including flan, with fruit in a rum sauce topped with cream for desert and Caribbean coffee. Limit to number of guests: 40. The theme is Carnival and there are great prizes to be won!
Location: Hotel Zamna, Calle 53 #547, Barrio de Santiago, Merida Centro
Time: 8:00 PM, Music begins at 8:30 PM
Admission: $100 pesos, reservations must be paid in advance due to catering
Reservations & Information: 999 924 0103

Yucatan Living March 7: Support Brazos Abiertos: Showcase of Homes
This home tour features the award winning designs of Merida architect Henry Ponce.
Admission: $250 pesos per person
 For more information, contact John Truax john [at] hivyucatan [dot] org

Yucatan Living March 7: Guiness Record for Cochinita Pibil
Fundación Produce Yucatán, AC, organizer of Expocampo Yucatán, invites you to come and be part of history! A Guiness Judge will be coming all the way from New York City to judge the world’s largest Cochinita Pibil. According to official reports, the entire Conchinita Pibil will contain more than 2,850 kilos of raw materials, including over 2,000 kilos of raw meat. This is a once in a lifetime event, so you can be sure that everybody is going to be on hand to celebrate! We’ll see you there!
Location: Siglo XXI, on the road to Progreso
Time: We suspect this will be an event that will be all day, at the very least, and more than one day if we know Yucatan’s hospitality like we do.
Admission: TBA – but probably Free!

Yucatan Living March 14: Support Brazos Abiertos: Houston AIDS Walk
Brazos Abiertos asks that you support the work they do by joining the Houston AIDS Walk. Please go to and join their team!

Yucatan Living Saturday: April 3: Sir Elton John To Sing at Chichen Itza
This performance is one that many have been waiting for, but only a few will enjoy! This singer-composer-pianist has sold over 250 million records and has had more than 50 hit songs. There is not a generation in the Carmen in Merida Mexicopast 40 years that has not had their age defined by one of his masterpieces. If you missgetting a reserved ticket, we are certain there will be other opportunities to get a ticket between now and the time of the concert. We will keep you informed with all the latest on this exciting event.
Admission: $10,000 pesos, $7,000 pesos, $5,000 pesos, $3,000 pesos, $2,000 pesos and $1,000 pesos.
Tickets on sale: and Siglo XXI Convention Center

Yucatan Living Starting June 11: Carmen
Friend of Merida Carla Dirlikov will be starring in the Yucatan Symphony Orchestra’s performance of Carmen. This is sure to be a stunning event that will be repeated for only six performances. Tickets will be on sale at the Teatro Peon Contreras sometime soon… we’ll let you know when we know more! For the entire Symphony schedule, check here.


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2 Responses to “Merida Events: Candelaria”

  1. What happened to the “who, what, where and when” in the details of the posting for:
    Tuesday (Martes) February 2, 2010

    Dia de la Candelaria
    Today, or rather tonight, will be Candle Mass.

    The writer failed to supply the necessary information for Candlemas aka Candelaria event.

  2. Actually, we had some information, but found out that it was wrong. There is a Candelaria Church in Merida on Calle 64 at Calle 65… if there is anything going on tonite, it will be there probably.


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