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NMI to hold Lunar New Year Party next month

THE upcoming Lunar New Year Party in the Marianas will be “educational and fun” and will promote not only Chamorro and Carolinian cultures and traditions but those of other ethnicities as well, organizers said.

The event is set for Feb. 16 and 17 at the Garapan Fishing Base from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., and will feature the Shanghai Sinma Acrobatic Troupe and other cultural performers.

The festivities will be Micronesia’s largest multi-cultural lunar New Year party, and will bring everyone together, according to Pacific Development Inc. managing director Gordon Marciano.

The organizers, he said, want the festivities to help spread awareness about the islands’ traditions including the Chamorro lunar calendar practiced by their ancestors.

On Wednesday, a media conference was held by Saipan Mayor David M. Apatang, planning-committee members Marciano, Saipan Chinese News publisher Betty Bai, Catherine Perry Harris of Integrity Community, Rose Ada-Hocog of the Public School System, Jamika Taijeron of Duty Free Shop-T Galleria and some of the major sponsors of the event.

The lunar-festivities planning committee and event sponsors pose with Saipan Mayor David M. Apatang during a press briefing in the mayor’s conference room, Thursday.  Photo by Junhan B. Todiño

Apatang said the celebration will help promote local culture and traditions.

Traditional food will be available and tourists and residents can get a free ride in a traditional canoe. In addition, the celebration will feature cultural games, arts and crafts.

Bai said the 27-member acrobatic troupe that will perform here next month is currently in Singapore.

She said the acrobatic troupe and other cultural performers will perform on Rota and Tinian on Feb. 15

The shows are free but there are seats reserved for students and senior citizens, she said.

In honor of the Year of the Dog, Taijeron said they will have a dog parade from the Carolinian Affairs Office to the Garapan Fishing Base.

The parade starts at 5 p.m. on Feb. 17 and the registration fee is $5.

Taijeron said Duty Free Shop-T Galleria will match the funds generated from the dog parade and the total amount will be donated to the mayor’s animal-shelter program.

Apatang said the dog-control program will bring some dogs and cats for adoption during the event.

“The parade is a perfect way to reach out to our residents who may want to own a pet,” he added.

The mayor encouraged pet owners to be part of the parade, adding that his office will have a canopy at the activity ground where pet owners can stop by and register their pets.

Ada-Hocog said the Public School System is also involved in the festivities and will present awards to 200 academic achievers in kindergarten to 12th grade from CNMI public schools.

“This will encourage students to strive for academic excellence,” she said.

Other event sponsors are the Marianas Visitors Authority, the legislative delegations of Saipan, the Northern Islands, Tinian and Rota, the Saipan mayor’s office, IT&E, Pacific Trading Co., Ocean Vista Resort, DFS-T Galleria, Saipan Ocean View Hotel, Marine Sports Operators Association, Impression Tour, Marianas Variety and Saipan Tribune.