Published On: Wed, Jan 1st, 2014

Little activity in Merida on the first day of the year

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Cool and moist is how we can describe the first morning of the year 2014 in the city of Merida.

But the rain did not stop some people to continue the celebrations outside the door of their houses into the early morning hours of today; in contrast, individuals more concerned about their health, decided to  go jogging along the Paseo de Montejo and streets of Downtown to start the year exercising.

On the other hand, citizens with residence on Calle 71 (x 36), Centro, woke up the first morning of the year to the sound of a Ranger pick-up truck smashing against the back of a Nissan Tsuru that was parked in front of its owner’s home, the pick-up truck then hit another car, as the driver was trying to flee the scene. Luckily for him, his house was right up on the same street, so he just home, parked the truck and got inside.

Nissan Tsuru (Calle 71 x 36) Photo: yucatan.com.mx

Nissan Tsuru (Calle 71 x 36) Photo: yucatan.com.mx

Ford Ranger (Calle 71 x 36) Photo: yucatan.com.mx

Ford Ranger (Calle 71 x 36) Photo: yucatan.com.mx

Officers of the Yucatan State Police were knocking at the man’s door a few minutes later, though.

Burning of the ‘Old Year”

The rain and humidity that prevailed through the night, prevented the traditional burning of the “old year” in some neighborhoods.   The burning of the “old year” (or the “old man”), consists in stuffing with firecrackers a representation of the old year (in the shape of an old man made out of cardboard, rags and newspaper, which is sat on a chair), and ignite it to watch it literally explode in the middle of the street. Every January 1st, the traces of this custom can be seen all over the city,  as black powder stains on the concrete and on the walls and even chairs totally burned up.

Old man

Old man

Old man burning

Old man burning

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unlike other weekdays, yesterday slow activity could be observed in the city, and many restaurants, businesses, stores and offices of customer service (such as Telcel), only worked until noon.

Both the main streets and avenues of the city, which in a normal Wednesday afternoon can be observed with a lot of traffic and activity , looked calmed and empty yesterday.

The officers and employees of public municipal cleaning services, were among the few that were seen in the streets fulfilling their duties , like any other working day for them.

Merida, Yuc., January 1, 2014 (Photo: yucatan.com.mx)

Merida, Yuc., January 1, 2014 (Photo: yucatan.com.mx)

Source: www.yucatan.com.mx

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