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Merida Events: Resting up for Carnival

This Week… starting January 26 , 2009

Yucatan Living The city is relatively quiet this week, resting after its anniversary and bracing for Carnival. That gives us time for 6 municipal fiestas, one quick nap, the Beatles and the Super Bowl. Next week, Carnival parades will begin in earnest, the Symphony will be back, and we’ll launch into round two of a very busy Spring.The Best Map for The Yucatan Peninsula

Yucatan Living For Our Map Connoisseurs
When looking for a map to the fiesta at Kantunil, we found one of the best maps we have ever seen – all the way from Merida to Cancun – with every exit marked and all distances provided to each named exit. It is by “milebymile,” a well known RV resource. Bookmark this map! Its worth its weight in gold.

Municipal Fiestas This Week

Yucatan Living Valladolid Candelaria Fiesta 9 Day Event
January 26 through February 3
This fiesta is one of the most important fiestas in the state. It is held in honor of Mary, mother of Jesus, to confirm that, for Catholics, Jesus is the Light of the World, and it also marks the time when the chicle workers returned from months of hard work in the forests, and to honor the beekeepers and other farmers. All events focus on the community and the family unit. The fiesta eventually grew so large that it began causing damage to the city itself, so it was moved to a commercial area, Los Gavilanes, which is in the outlying suburbs of Valladolid. Candles are still lit to the Virgin in the annex of the Church of the Candlemas. While no one was paying attention, this sleepy little rodeo town grew into a commercial and industrial giant and, with the elevation of Chichen Itza to the status of One of the Seven New Wonders of the World, Valladolid has become a tourist Mecca. Visit Yucatan Living’s article about The Sultaness of the East.

Yucatan Living Tekal de Venegas Candelaria Fiesta 4 Day EventOx Watz Ecotourism in Yucatan
January 28 through January 31
Tekal de Venegas is a tiny municipality in the north-central part of the state. It is south of Temax and Dzoncauich, north of Izamal and Tunkas, west of Tunkas and Cenotillo, and east of Tepakan. (See Maplandia) Only about 2,300 people live there and half of them are indigenous. Their languages are Spanish, Mayan, and Nahuatl. More than half of the population works in agriculture, cattle ranching, or fishing. Tekal de Venegas is also where you will find Ox Watz, a well designed ecotourism area owned by 56 partners who are native citizens of Tekal de Venegas. Sounds like a wonderful photography opportunity to us. Let us know if you visit there.

Yucatan Living Tzucacab Candelaria Fiesta 4 Day Event
January 28 through January 31
Tzucacab is located on the southern border of Yucatan, just east of the point. It lies between Tekax and Peto, and shares its southern border with the State of Quintana Roo. Approximately 12,600 people live in Tzucacab, about 7,000 of whom are Mayans, for whom Mayan is the principal language. This is farming and cattle country, so look for lots of leatherwork here. But the extreme southern part of our state also happens to produce artisans of fine jewelry, so be on the lookout for jewelry here too. Remember that there are volunteer farming opportunitiesin Tzucacab as well. …and Tzucacab, through Rancho Hobonil which is home to one of our favorite programs, the International Veterinary Medicine program, sponsored by the University of Florida. One of last year’s students was kind enough to post about her time in Yucatan here. There are some wonderful things in the interior of our state and we hope everyone takes the opportunity to find that out, especially at these fiestas.

Yucatan Living Hunucma Fiesta 4 Day EventHunucma, Yucatan
January 28 through January 31
This fiesta is in honor of Corpus Cristi. Hunucma is the poster child for “Change Has Come.” Visit the Hunucma Website and notice that even the banner conveys the sense of excitement that exists today in this rapidly growing area. This municipality extends from just east of Merida, all the way to the coast. To help you get your bearings, Sisal is in the Municipality of Hunucma. Hunucma (the city) has a newly refurbished gateway into the city, a new addition to their municipal mercado (city market), and a brand new concha acústica (acoustic shell). The entire municipality is looking forward to new highways and leaving no stone unturned in their efforts to improve the quality of life for everyone in the municipality. Lots of agro-products are made here, but the shoppers among us go for the shoes! Artisans produce works from coconut shell and henequen, as well as jewelry and leatherwork. On the coast, there are flamingos and great seafood! Hunucma is close to the city and a day at any of their fiestas is well worth the visit.

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 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.

Yucatan Living Tunkas Fiesta 4 Day EventTunkas, Yucatan
January 30 through February 2
This is the Tunkas County Fair. Tunkas is 86 km southeast of Merida, almost in the exact center of the state. It has just under 4,000 inhabitants, about half of whom are Mayans. This too is farming and cattle ranching country, so look for huipiles, hemp hammocks, and pottery here. The food is great, but watch out for the habaneros. Tunkas suffers from a high level of poverty and, as a result, has a high rate of migration to the U.S. The municipality is one of three sites in Mexico that are being studied by the University of California at San Diego in their International Migration Studies program. We hope everyone will visit this fiesta and support the people of Tunkas.

In the City This Week

Monday (Lunes) January 26, 2008

Yucatan Living Proteccion de Perros y Gatos A.C.
This is Progreso’s Humane Society, which meets on the last Monday of every month. The general public is invited to attend, but be forewarned, all business meetings are conducted entirely in Spanish.
Location: Flamingo’s Restaurant, on the Malecon
Time: 8:00 PM Monday
Admission: Free but buy your own dinner Office Space

Yucatan Living Cairo Cinema Cafe
This week’s movie: Office Space
(USA, 1999) Starring Jennifer Aniston The comedic tale of company workers who hate their jobs and decide to rebel against their greedy boss.
Location: Calle 20 # 98A x 15 y 17, Col. Itzimna
Time: 8:00 PM Monday
Admission: Call 926-5718 or e-mail cairocinemacafe[at]gmail[dot]com

Tuesday (Martes) January 27, 2008

Yucatan Living Cairo Cinema Cafe
Movie: Shallow Grave
(USA, 1995) Starring Christopher Eccleston, Ewan McGregor and Colin McCredie. Three friends discover their new roommate dead but loaded with cash.
Location: Calle 20 # 98A x 15 y 17, Col. Itzimna
Time: 8:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Call 926-5718 or e-mail cairocinemacafe[at]gmail[dot]com

Yucatan Living Tuesday of Trova: Trio Los Romanticos
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Wednesday (Miércoles) January 28, 2008

Yucatan Living Cairo Cinema Cafe
Movie: Badlands
(Sweden, 1975) Starring Martin Sheen, Sissy Spacek, and Warren Oates. Dramatization of the Starkweather-Fugate killing spree of the 1950′s, in which a teenage girl and her twenty-something boyfriend slaughtered her entire family and several others in the Dakota badlands.
Location: Calle 20 # 98A x 15 y 17, Col. Itzimna
Time: 8:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Call 926-5718 or e-mail cairocinemacafe[at]gmail[dot]com

Thursday (Jueves) January 29, 2008

Yucatan Living Spanish Cinema Anthology: Double Feature
“El Espiritu de la Colmena”El Espiritu de la Colmena
(Spain, 1973) Starring Fernanco Fernan Gomez, Teresa Gimpera and Ana Torrent. A sensitive seven-year-old girl living a small village in 1940 rural Spain is traumatized after viewing James Whale’s "Frankenstein" and drifts into her own fantasy world.
Time: 6:00 PM
“La Caja 507”
(Spain, 2002) Starring Antonio Resines, Jose Coronado and Goya Toledo This movie is a thriller in which bank robbers discover, in safe deposit box 507, evidence of the murder of a child many years ago.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Cairo Cinema Café
Thursday: Night of the Living Dead
(USA, 1968) Starring Duane Jones and Judith O’Dea. A group of people hide from bloodthirsty zombies in a farmhouse. Billed as the King of Low Budget Films, but we still all love it and well remember the original version.
Location: Calle 20 # 98A x 15 y 17, Col. Itzimna
Time: 8:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Call 926-5718 or e-mail cairocinemacafe[at]gmail[dot]com

Yucatan Living Documentary: TBA
Location:Casa de Cultura Elena Poniatowska: La 68, Calle 68 # 470a x 55
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $20 pesos

Yucatan Living Classical Thursday: Ruth Bennett
British harpist Ruth Bennett will perform, accompanied by Cuarteto de Cuerdas “Quo Vadis.” This wonderful musical artist will soon participate in the 2nd National Harp Contest in Mexico City. Tonight, we will hear the music of Hindemith, Salzedo, Bach, Maayani, Albeniz, Chaussier, and Andres.
Location: Teatro Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:30 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Friday (Viernes) January 30, 2008

Yucatan Living Las Ilches de Jocoloch
Regional Comic Theater
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo
Time: 9:00 PM
Admission: General $100 pesos or, if you fill 3 rows, $60 pesos

Yucatan Living Yolisto Meetup!
This month’s Meetup will combine both January and February’s events into one monster bash. You get a free margarita just for Yolisto Meetup at the Beachwalking in the door! There will be a buffet of International Delights featuring regional and continental specialties for $100 pesos and music will be provided by the legendary Yucatones! The “pay at the door” ticket system was a success and will be used again. Please RSVP by signing in on Yolisto’s website, clicking on “Meetup” in the top banner, then filling in the form on the right side of the page. If you are not a member of Yolisto, its free and easy to join and become a part of the growing community at the beach.
Location: La Playa Restaurant, near the Glorieta, Chelem
Time: 7:00 PM
Admission: Free but buy your own buffet and drinks

Yucatan Living Cairo Cinema Cafe
Movie: In the Bedroom
(USA, 2002) Starring Sissy Spacek, Marisa Tomei, Tom Wilkinson, and Nick Stahl.
A New England couple’s college-aged son dates an older woman with two small children and an unwelcome ex-husband. Then something terrible occurs in this wrenching, emotional drama.
Location: Calle 20 # 98A x 15 y 17, Col. Itzimna
Time: 8:00 PM Friday
Admission: Call 926-5718 or e-mail cairocinemacafe[at]gmail[dot]com

Yucatan Living Documentary: Voices of the SaharaVoices of the Sahara
The Saharawi people have spent years travelling through the desert accompanied by the sun, the moon and thousands of stars to conquer a dream in the middle of nowhere. They have been waiting for over thirty long years. Too long. Over ten days we hear the voices of desert men and women: their land, their music, their dance, their hearts, their religion, their dress and their smiles all speak of the hospitality imposed by the law of the desert.
Location:Casa de Cultura Elena Poniatowska: La 68, Calle 68 # 470a x 55
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: $20 pesos

Yucatan Living Hotel Zamna: A Tribute to the Beatles, "CLASSICAL STYLE"
Come and hear The Fenix Quartet, four of the finest musicians in Merida, who will provide you with an evening of class and style. Tickets are limited to 50 guests and you must purchase tickets prior to the event. Included will be a Dinner Buffet, served at 8:30 PM.
Location: Hotel Zamna, Calle 53 # 5476 x 70 y 72, Barrio de Santiago
Time: 8:00 PM, Friday
Admission: $90 pesos
Information: (999) 924-0103

Yucatan Living Spanish Cinema Anthology: “Rec”
(Spain, 2007) Starring Manuela Velasco and Ferran Terraza, among others. "REC" is a thriller that turns on a young TV reporter and her cameraman who cover the night shift at the local fire station. One witness and one camera make for a long night and a nightmarish televised report.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Times: 6:00 PM and 8:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Saturday (Sabado) January 31, 2008

Yucatan Living Coronation of the King and Queen of Carnival 2009Merida 2009 Carnaval
The Kings and Queens presented tonight will include:
The King and Queen of Carnival, The King and Queen of the “Third Age,” The King and Queen of “Discapacidad Intelectual,” The King and Queen of “Discapacidad Motriz,” and The King and Queen “Infantiles.”
Location: La Inalámbrica Sports Complex
Time: 7:30 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Las Ilches de Jocoloch
Regional Comic Theater
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: General $100 pesos or, if you fill 3 rows, $60 pesos

Yucatan Living Cairo Cinema Cafe
Movie Saturday: Sexy Beast
(UK, 2001) Starring Ben Kingsley, Ian McShane, Ray Winstone, and Amanda Redman. Brutal gangster Don Logan recruits "retired" safecracker Gal for one last job, but it goes badly for both of them.
Location: Calle 20 # 98A x 15 y 17, Col. Itzimna
Time: 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Call 926-5718 or e-mail cairocinemacafe[at]gmail[dot]com

Yucatan Living Documentary: El Acordeon del DiabloEl Acordeon del Diablo

Tells the story of that great old man of Caribbean music, Pacho Rada. It is the tale of a singer and composer who first held an accordion at the age of four and was never to let go of it again. A man who throughout his life travelled around Colombia, moving from village to village and from party to party, singing and playing for a few centavos. He’s 93 now and lives in a corrugated iron shack on the outskirts of Santa Marta in Colombia, whilst his songs climb up the hit parades.
Location: Casa de Cultura Elena Poniatowska: La 68, Calle 68 # 470a x 55
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $20 pesos

Yucatan Living International Women’s Club Meeting
The International Women’s Club always has their business meeting on the LAST SATURDAY OF THE MONTH (except the months of December, July and August when they do not meet.)
Location: auditorium of Technologia Turistica Total, Calle 57 # 492 x 56 y 58,Centro
Time: The meeting begins at 9:30 am
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Spanish Cinema Anthology: “Volver”Volver by Pedro Almodovar
(Spain, 2006) Starring Penelope Cruz, Raimunda, and Carmen Maura. After her death, a mother returns to her home town in order to fix the situations she couldn’t resolve during her life.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free


Sunday (Domingo) February 01, 2008Hubble Telescope

Yucatan Living Documentary: Hubble Telescope in Space
This is the story of the man, the telescope, how it got where it is, and what it sees.
Location: Museum of Natural History, Calle 59, just past Avenida Itzaes
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie: Chicken Little
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 10:00 AM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Las Ilches de Jocoloch
Regional Comic Theater
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: General $100 pesos or, if you fill 3 rows, $60 pesos

Yucatan Living Super Bowl SundaySuper Bowl in Merida, Yucatan
This is an all you can eat and drink event, serving barbecue, hamburgers, hot dogs, and chicken wings. The beer is Cervezas Nacionales. Are You Ready for Football???
When: Sunday February 1st.
Location: Mercer Lounge, 85-3 Prolongacion Montejo, Next to La Parrilla Restaurant
Time: The Lounge is open from noon until midnight
Admission: For this Event: $250 pesos

Coming Soon

Yucatan Living Cinema Series: Retrospectiva Murnau
The first of these classics is going to be a 1921 silent movie based on the book “Dracula.” If you are old enough to know who Count Orlok is, then this whole series is just for you! Be sure to watch watching our upcoming events each week to find out which Murnau movie will be shown that week.
Dates: February 5 through March 22
Location: Cineteca Nacional “Manuel Barbachano Ponce” in Teatro Merida, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: General: $30 pesos; Students, INAPAM and ISSTEY: $15 pesos


For ongoing events and classes in Merida,
please click here for our Ongoing Events Calendar

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12 Responses to “Merida Events: Resting up for Carnival”

  1. The Merida Men’s Club no longer meets on Saturdays. Just the first, third and fifth Tues. of each month. $100.00 pesos covers the cost of breakfast, tip and donation to two charities.

  2. Hello,
    I am a college professor in Northern California and would like some advice on how best to spend a couple of months in Merida learning Spanish. I am in my early 60′s, fell in love with Uxmal and Izamal and Merida this past summer, and speak a little Spanish.
    I would like to live in the city, rent a small place, interact with the expat community as well as the Spanish community. Do you have an article in your archives that would answer my question?

    Thank you. Carmen Mahood

  3. Carmen,
    Check out our Yucatan Survivor section (at the top of each page on the right is a list of the different sections) for information about living here. It includes an article on schools that teach Spanish. You can also check out our Vacation Rental section for a place to live, or just look for the Se Renta signs when you get here.
    Have fun!

  4. Dear Carmen:
    We must be cousins! Please email me at Monhaut [at] aol [dot] com.

  5. When do you guys ever find time to get any work done with such a full social schedule? Sounds like fun, fun, fun.

  6. Speaking of resting up for Carnaval, does anyone know the prices of reserved seating at the Carnaval Parade for Saturday Feb 21?

  7. Brenda, the answer to that is that we write up this Events list every week, but we don’t get to see very much of it. We’re pretty sure the people who are retired or not working here are having a lot more fun than we are :-)

  8. I still am unable to attend all the festivities for the next week. I will be arriving on the evening of Feb 3 2009 thru Feb 11,2009.
    I would like someone to email me so I might be able to meet up with anyone that I might learn more about Merida and surrounds and have a great stay for the time I have now.
    I hope to be moving their soon and am very interested in communicating with the expat Community and the Spanish Community. I speak little Spanish and understand some to get by but would like to eventually get into a Spanish speaking Class.
    I have traveled throughout Mexico but have found the Gulf area and the Yucatan in particular very beautiful and interesting to learn with.

    Tom Thomas
    thomasthomas1942 [at] yahoo [dot] com

  9. Great map, thanks.

  10. Cost for box seating is $28 Mxn, eight seats to a palco. The ticket office is on Calle 62 x 57 x59. Supplies are limited. I was also able to get a table at La Paranda. Cost there is $300 per person, which includes food and drink.

  11. Thank you for that information, Francis!

  12. Great photos! Thanks for pix. I haven’t seen my country for a long time. I am from Tunkas !!!!!!!!!!!!


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