UOG Chamorro Studies Program invites the public to 2018 Christmas Celebration Nov. 30

UOG Chamorro Studies Program invites the public to 2018 Christmas Celebration Nov. 30

by University of Guam, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, Division of Humanities
Stripes Guam

The Chamorro Studies Program at UOG Invites the Public to its 2018 Christmas Celebration, Puengen Minagof Noche Buena!

The Division of Humanities, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences and the University of Guam’s Chamorro Studies Program cordially invite the UOG and Guam community to Puengen Minagof Noche Buena, an evening of CHamoru cultural festivities connected to the holiday season. The celebration will take place on Friday, November 30th, 2018 from 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm in the Atrium of the Humanities and Social Sciences Building at UOG. This is event is free and open to the public.

The theme for this year’s Puengen Minagof Noche Buena is “Lina’la’, Gunaiya yan Pås” or “Life, Love and Peace.” In this year’s celebration, at a time when the island and many around the world are struggling in conflicts with nature and each other, it is important to remember that Guinaiya (Love) and Pås (Peace)are essential pillars for prosperous and sustainable Lina’la’ (Life).

The evening’s activities will include the singing of CHamoru Christmas songs, the praying of a nobena and tables filled with CHamoru fina’mames (desserts). The traditional CHamoru Christmas treat is boñelos dågu, but CHamoru language classes will be providing a wide variety of CHamoru sweets, including a variety of flavors of boñelos.

The highlight of the evening will be a bilen (nativity scene) competition. Each CHamoru language class is creating their own version of the traditional Nativity scene and will be using local materials in the construction. Community members are welcome to come and help determine the best bilen by donating money to their favorite. Funds raised through Puengen Minagof Noche Buena this year will be donated to help provide relief to victims of Typhoon Yutu.

Please join the UOG Chamorro Studies program faculty and students for this exciting event, where CHamoru language skills and cultural knowledge are put on display for the 2018 holiday season.

For more information please contact: Michael Lujan Bevacqua, Program Coordinator for Chamorro Studies at mlbasquiat@hotmail.com or via telephone at 988-7106.

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