Have you every heard of the concept “cabañuelas” (also cavanuelas or cabanuelas)? We had not. Yesterday our Mayan friend was telling us that the weather we were are having that day, the second of January, would predict the weather for the month of February. I mentioned this to another friend last night, as she was complaining about the cold (it was 22C/ 72F at 9:00PM, a real local). She said it is called “cabañuelas”.
The concept dates back as far as the Egyptians and was thought to have been brought to Mexico by the Spaniards. The idea is that if you carefully observe the weather for the first twelve days of January, you can predict the weather for the rest of the year. The first twelve days correspond to each of the twelve months of the year. As it stands right now we had a beautiful day on January 1st reaching a high of 29C/84F. The next day was a bit more coolish (highs around 26C/79F) with a cooler than usual evening on January 2nd, with overcast skies, but no rain. January 3rd so far has brought a very chilly (for us) morning (16C/61F) at sunrise, but beautiful sunny day with temperatures in the late 20s. If cabañuelas holds true, January (after the first twelve days I guess) will be lovely. February will be cool night and mid 20s during the day with some clouds. While March will be a beautiful month with good sleeping weather at night. Tomorrow we will see what April holds.
That is the theory that the locals use, but if you look deeper into cabañuelas, there is more to it than that. If we have piqued your interest you can read more about it here or here and try to predict the weather in Puerto Morelos for yourself. As for the USA and Canada…. let’s hope this theory doesn’t hold true for them. With their recent cold snap, they could be looking at a very icy July if cabañuelas applied there.
Up early on a lovely, calm 2018 morning in Puerto Morelos. The colours were outstanding. There is a cruise ship in the middle of the shot, but it is a little hard to make out. (Click the photo for a better view)
And here are a couple of scenes from last night.
Here are a two of the “Viejos”. A part of Mexican New Year’s Eve tradition is to create a dummy and fill him full of fireworks. At midnight “los años viejos” (the old years) is lit and explodes in a ball of fire, filled with loud bangs and small explosions. This is thought to get rid of the “bad” of the past year and bring hope and prosperity for the coming year.
And this is how the town square looked last night in the early evening.
To get an idea of what the dummies look like when they are lit, check out this video we made 10 years ago.
Hope your 2018 is off to a good start wherever you are!
If you could go to the beach on Christmas Day, you probably would, and that is what it seems like everyone decided to do today in Puerto Morelos. A lovely day and a busy one at the beach! Tomorrow it should be much quieter again.
Here are the cash exchange rates for December 23, 2017 at CI Banco in Puerto Morelos. I post these rates on occasion so that you can compare these rates with the rate your bank or the ATM may offer. To see where the rates have been in the last couple of years, search “exchange rates” on our page at InPuertoMorelos.com
On a recent trip to the square in the Colonia in Puerto Morelos, we were surprised and delighted to be whisked away to Santa’s Village in the North Pole!
One of the highlights has to be this recycled tire snowman…who will not be melting anytime soon!
We even have our own hashtag #MiNavidadEnPuerto
Santa was able to find a parking spot for his sleigh
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This is our Lady of Guadalupe who guards the front door to our home.
December 12th is the Dia de la Virgen de Guadalupe or the Day of Guadalupe. Derived from the Catholic religion, Our Lady of Guadalupe or the Virgin of Guadalupe is seen everywhere in Mexico from candles in people’s windows to statues on cabbie’s dashboards to full altars in front of homes. Many Mexicans have adopted this darker skinned version of the Madonna or the Virgin Mary, who was first introduced to the culture by Cortez, as their own. It is believed that she first appeared as a vision in 1531 to Juan Diego, a native Mexican peasant, on was on his way to mass.
Since then the shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe, at the Basilica of Guadalupe in Mexico City, has become one of the most visited Catholic pilgrimage destinations in the world, especially during the anniversary of the apparition.
Leading up to December 12th the “Guadalupeans” show their devotions to the virgin by praying, biking, running, walking and illuminating their home altars. On a trip to Valladolid we saw dozens of groups of young men and women biking through the city, showing their dedication to the Virgin.
Puerto Morelos has several small parades on the 12th of December ending at the church on the main town square. This ritual happens at churches all around the country. Mexicans flock to their local churches and homemade memorials in their homes to worship Guadalupe. The prayers will be followed by a celebration and as always in Mexico, a large meal. For a more detailed account of the tale, check out Wikipedia or Smart History.
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Hola again from Puerto Morelos! We continue our series of new and exciting things in Puerto Morelos for the 2017/2018 season. This series of posts represent an updated version of our long-running Beach Reads Newsletter. These posts are part of our new home on the web, InPuertoMorelos.com, where you will find loads of information on your favourite Mexican village, including an interactive map, restaurant list, current taxi fares and more.
Here’s more news:
Christmas has come to the square in Puerto Morelos! The giant tree is back!
There is a Nativity Scene below the tree, which features all the main characters of the Christmas Story, including this giant rooster, who is nearly the same height as Joseph.
Everyone in town was pretty happy to see our long awaited sewage plant go online…
…we expected it to work…but we never really expected it to be beautiful…
Someone painted a really big mural on the large wall that surrounds the plant. I would rarely suggest a sewage plant as a tourist destination, but the mural is really worth a look!
Sofia’s Fashions on the square is closing at the end of the month so everything in the store is on sale 50% off! Store hours 9:00am-5:00pm Tuesday-Saturday. Owner Sharon is closing the shop, but staying in Puerto Morelos.