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Merida Events: Holy Week

This Week… starting April 18, 2011

Municipal Fiestas This Week

Yucatan Living Across the State of Yucatan: Semana Santa (Holy Week)
Note: The Progreso Whole Food Market will be open throughout Semana Santa
April 17 – 24

  • April 17: Palm SundayDomingo de Ramos
  • April 21: Holy Thursday   Cathedral 6:00 PM  Symbolic washing of 12 parishoners’ feet
  • April 22: Good Friday Passion Plays: Cathedral, Santiago, Acanceh, Mani and others (as pictured on the right) (Click here for video of this event in Acanceh)
  • April 24: Resurrection Day / Easter SundayDía de Gloria

Tekax Fiesta 2011

Yucatan Living Tekax Fiesta: April 18 through 22
This fiesta is a celebration of Spring. Tekax is a great place to visit. It has huge colonial churches and plenty of archaeological sites to see. Look for leatherwork and jewelry and, in a town named Pencuyut, look for hammocks. Tekax is the big municipality that goes right down to the southern point of our state, so its southern neighbors are the states of Campeche and Quintana Roo.

Yucatan Living Tahmek Fiesta: April 18
This fiesta is in honor of San Pedro Apostol. Tahmek is not all that far to the east of Merida (just past Seye), and is well into horse country – so look for great leatherwork here!

Yucatan Living Tahdziu Fiesta: April 18
This fiesta is also in honor of San Pedro Apostol. Tahdziu is located just south of Yaxcaba, and north and west of Peto. If you have been looking for either a cotton or hemp hammock – or embroidery done by hand – Tahdziu is the place for you! So be sure and put Tahdziu on your list of places to see and resources for shopping for those hard to find items.

Yucatan Living Yaxcaba Fiesta Last Weekend in April
This is the annual fiesta in honor of Santa Cruz. Yaxcaba is located 90 km southeast of Merida, just this side of Sotuta. For anyone looking for the "land of the Mayans" – you just found it. This is a great agricultural area and well worth visiting.

In the City of Merida

A combination of heat in the city and school vacation has sent almost everyone to the beach or to the cool shade of rural Yucatan. This is Semana Santa (Holy Week), so look for fewer concerts and more of Yucatan’s wonderful religious processions and passion plays.


Monday (Lunes) April 18, 2011

Yucatan Living Check the list of ongoing events for today here.


Tuesday (Martes) April 19, 2011

Yucatan Living Telesis in Concert
Although Telesis is a full band, they are known for their keyboard/synthesizer. This performance has a running playlist, as an audiovisual prop, to keep the audience engaged in the music.
Location: Teatro Daniel Ayala, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM TuesdayPhotographic Exhibition in Merida
Admission:  Free

Yucatan Living Opening of the Photographic Exhibition: Pedro Guerra UADY
"Historical Overview III: The Churches of Merida"
Location: Pasaje del Portal de Granos, next to the Museum of the City
Time: 10:00 AM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Community Passover Seder, 2nd night: April 19, 2011
For all Jewish resident, visitors (and their families, Jewish or not). Hebrew/English Haggadas will be available.
Location: ComunidadJudiadeMerida [at] gmail [dot] com
Time: 7:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Voluntary contribution of parve food in lieu of admission charge. 

Yucatan Living Tuesday of Trova: Trio Los Principes
This performance is under the direction of Raul Alvarado.
Location: Auditorio del Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission:  Free



Wednesday (Miercoles) April 20, 2011

Yucatan Living Alma Gamboa in Concert
This is a performance of sentimental Caribbean music.
Location: Teatro Daniel Ayala, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission:  FreeTribute to Jesus

Yucatan Living Concert: Tribute to Christ the King
This performance is under the artistic direction of Eric Cervera.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free


Thursday (Jueves) April 21, 2011

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.Earth Day in Merida Yucatan

Yucatan Living Celebrate Earth Day at the MACAY: Lu’um Ya’ax
This event will include a show with sound and visual artists Manrico Montero and Juan Jose Rivas. Come and hear their soundscapes. Festivities begin with other music groups and with an opportunity to pick up information about recycling and other conservation activities.
Location: Parque de Santa Ana
Time: Begins at 6:00 PM, Manrico Montero and Juan Jose Rivas begin at 8:00 PM
Admission: Free


Friday (Viernes) April 22, 2011Holy Friday in Yucatan

Yucatan Living Holy Friday, also known as Good Friday. This is a holiday in Yucatan and many businesses will be closed. This also means it is a three-day weekend, and the beach and other vacation spots will be busy!

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


Saturday (Sabado) April 23, 2011

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

Yucatan Living Movie: Hannah and Her Sisters
(U.S. 1986) Starring Woody Allen, Mia Farrow, Michael Caine, Carrie Fisher, Barbara Hershey, Lloyd Noland. Between two Thanksgivings, Hannah’s husband falls in love with her sister Lee, while her hypochondriac ex-husband rekindles his relationship with her sister Holly.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 5:00 PM and 7:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Sunday (Domingo) April 24, 2011

Yucatan Living Hotel Zamna: Grand Easter Luncheon: April 24, 2011
Welcome drink of your choice on arrival, 6 course Easter Luncheon. Served with unlimited Red or White Wine. Festivities include a Easter Prize Quiz.
Location: Hotel Zamna, Calle 53 # 547, Barrio de Santiago.
Merida Centro. Tel….999 924 0103.
Time: 3:00 PM, Sunday
Admission: $300 pesos (limited to 28 guests)
More Information: Tickets available from hotel reception

Yucatan Living Documentary: The Power of Rain
A documentary about the critical interaction between animals and rain during the monsoon season in northern Australia.
Location: Museum of Natural History, Calle 59 next to the zoo
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Vicky Cristina Barcelona
(U.S. 2008) Director: Woody Allen, Starring: Rebecca Hall, Scarlett Johansson and Javier Bardem. Two girlfriends on a summer holiday in Spain become enamored with the same painter, unaware that his ex-wife, with whom he has a tempestuous relationship, is about to re-enter the picture.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 11:00 AM Sunday
Admission: Free

Coming Soon

Jorge Buenfil in Concert

Yucatan Living Jorge Buenfil in Concert : April 26
This will be a wonderful concert and a perfect way to end your Spring vacation. Jorge Buenfil is a trova singer, born 59 years ago in Tekax, Yucatan. He has since become a national star for his singing, songwriting and composing.
Location: Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Chelem Christmas Dreams Garage/ Bake Sale – April 30
Its time for Spring Cleaning and wardrobe reassessment. In fact, a whole house clean-out is a good idea! When you’re finished, bake a dozen or so of your favorite cookies or muffins and bring it all to the Chelem Christmas Dreams Garage / Bake Sale in Chelem’s main square on April 30. This year, they hope to have enough surplus funds to branch out and tackle other projects, such as trash containers for Chelem Centro or maybe even a defibrillator (AED). These items would be of benefit to everyone who lives in the Chelem area or visits there.

Yucatan Living Peruvian Cooking Class with Yury Di’Pascuale May 15
The May 8 class sold out, so now a second one has been scheduled. This will be a one day cooking class. Yury is an award-winning cook, best known for her delicious Peruvian sauces sold at Merida’s Slow Food market each Saturday. You can read all about Yury and get specific details about the class on this blog: Eight Suitcases, Two Kids and a Dream.
Location: Yury’s Kitchen
Time: 9:30 AM – 3 hrs Cooking, 1 hr Lunch
Admission: $550 pesos

Yucatan Living Progreso: 1st Annual Capital of Rock Festival: May 13, 14 & 15Progreso Rock Festival
For updates and great maps to the locations, please visit the Progreso Capital of Rock website.
Friday (May 13): 60’s Rock
Location: Plaza“Hombre caídos en el mar” (at the end of Calle 29)
Time: 6:00 PM,
Admission: Free
Saturday (May 14): Rock & Pop
Location: Terraza de la “Pista de canotaje,” at the entrance to Puerto de Progreso
Time: 12:00 PM, Admission: Free
Saturday (May 14): Alternative Rock
Location: Area adjacent to the beach “El Playon,” (next to Hotel CTM)
Time: 5:00 PM, Admission: Free
Sunday (May 15): Pop Rock (new bands)
Location: Terrenos del Campo Deportivo“Víctor Cervera Pacheco” on the road to
Chicxulub Puerto, at the Glorieta del Corchito.
Time: 12:00 PM,
Admission: Free
Sunday (May 15): Rock (all types): Best Band
Location: Progreso Malecon; Parque Chazaro Perez
Time: 12:00 PM,
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Il Festival de San Bernardino de Siena in Valladolid: “451 years Fostering Faith & Culture”May 19th through 22nd, 2011
May 19th
7:00 PM – Candle Lighting Ceremony
The Archbishop of Yucatan, Monsignor Emilio Carlos Berlie Belauzaran, will begin the ceremony by lighting the first candle, of thousands, placed all around the facade and the front esplanade of the Convent.
8:00 PM – Solemn Mass
The Archbishop of Yucatan Monsignor Emilio Carlos Berlie Belauzaran will officiate the mass, accompanied by Maestra Nidia Góngora, directing the choral ensemble of Merida & Valladolid.
May 20th
10:00 AM – Lectures
Four lectures on the art, history, architecture and colonial culture will be given at the Universities of Valladolid. Detailed information to follow.
12:00 noon – Visual Heritage of the State of Yucatan 1985-2009
Opening ceremony of the Biennial collection Art Exhibit by Renan Guillermo Gonzales, Director of the Institute of Culture of the State of Yucatan. (ICY) 24 selected works of art from Yucatan’s Biennial collection. 16 paintings and 8 sculptures.
Curators: Maestra Dr. Laura de la Mora Martí y Critico Luis Rius Caso. Main hall, 1st floor of the Convent.
3:00 PM – In Secula Seculorum
Opening ceremony for the art exhibit of 30 images belonging to regional churches and chapels, some from the very early years of the colonization. Presented by Professor Leonel Escalante Aguilar, Director of Culture of Valladolid and Gonzalo Ku Barrera, Parish Priest of San Bernardino de Siena. Next to the Atrium, ground floor.
Fundación Convento Sisal Valladolid, A.C.Barrio de Sisal, Valladolid,
7:00 PM – The Filibuster
Theatrical segment of the Valladolid novel by Don Eligio Ancona. Director Enrique Cascante, Secretaría de Educación Pública, Gobierno del Estado de Yucatán.
Front esplanade of the Convent
8:00 PM – Noche de Trova - Carlos Cuevas in Concert
Front esplanade of the Convent.

May 21st
11:00 AM – Perspectiva histórica del Convento de San Bernardino de Siena de Valladolid Yucatán
Presentation of the book by Angelina Tun Petul and Dr. Renán A. Góngora Biachi. Commentaries by Archeologist Sergio Grosjean Abimheri. Next to the Atrium, ground floor.

8 PM – Orquesta Típica Yucalpeten in Concert
Maestro Pedro Carlos Herrera, Director. Solo singers Maricarmen Pérez, Jesús Armando, Luis Arturo de la Cruz y Nancy Mas. Front esplanade of the Convent.
May 22nd
12:00 noon – Valladolid Cuisine Tasting Event
The details of this event will be sent soon.
7:00 PM – Valladolid Trade Guild Parade and Closing Mass
Many of Valladolid’s trade guilds will parade the Convent’s image of San Bernardino de Siena around town. Closing mass will be officiated by Monsignor Rafael Palma Capetillo, Auxiliar Bishop of Yucatán.
8:30 PM – Maricarmen Perez and her Orchestra in Concert
Location: Front esplanade of the Convent.
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For more information, please contact: Maruja Barbachano (985) 856-0999 or (985) 856-0974 e-mail: marujac [at] gmail [dot] com

Yucatan Living Alejandro Pinzon Conducts the Chamber Orchestra of the CityAlejandro Pinzon in Merida
Mark your calendars for the following dates. Alejandro Pinzon, a native of Merida, is currently leading the Coro Latino-Americano Pittsburgh and has a very busy Spring ahead of him. On May 14, he will lead El Coro (short for Coro Latino-Americano Pittsburgh) in a performance in Pittsburgh – then hop a plane to Merida and practice, practice, practice for three performances during the last week in May. Following those performances, he will have a few days to indulge in a bit of the local tango scene before he flies back to Pittsburgh for another performance by El Coro in Pittsburgh on June 12. His three performances in Merida include:
May 22 -Comisaria Cholul
May 26 -Olimpo Theatre
May 29 –Iglesia San Sebastian

We will add further details as we get them.
Note: We are pressing for Michele and all of the Latino-Americano Pittsburgh members to come and spend a week in Merida. With luck, they will and we will be able to forge a cultural exchange and build a long-lasting friendship between El Coro and some of the choirs we have in Merida. So – El Coro… come on down!

Yucatan Living 2011 FIBA Americas U16 Women’s Championship: June 13 – 18
Participants: Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, United States and Venezuela, with two countries from the Central American and Caribbean sub-zone also to be announced later in the Spring. The top three placed teams from both championships will qualify for the 2012 FIBA U17 World Championships in France.
Location: Ciudad de la Paz Stadium
Time: TBA
Admission: TBA

Yucatan Living Summer Arts School for Kids: July 11 – Aug. 4
This is a four-week international bilingual program for local and international students ages 8-13. The summer course will be taught in both English and Spanish by an array of educators and teaching artists from the United States and Mexico. This extraordinary team of teachers will offer the students a multi-disciplinary exploration of the theme of "Beneath the Surface" through the visual arts, music, dance, theater, and creative writing. Students will read a variety of books–in Spanish and English–and will create public performances and exhibits each week of the program. Contact Habla through their website,
Location: Habla, Calle 26 No. 99 B x 19 y 21 Col. México
Time: Monday – Friday: 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Yucatan Living Boxing For Women
Monique says: “Taught by the inimitable Lilia Valencia. Stick and move, Straight right, Upper cut, Peek a boo. Its all about the hips, she says. Express yourself!!!”
Location: Monique’s Bakery: Calle 31 #70 x Calle 12 in Colonia Chuburna de Hidalgo, on the brink of Colonia Malaga
Time: TBA
Admission: TBA
More Information: moniqueduval[at]

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