Marshall Islands, officially the Republic of the Marshall Islands is an island country located in the northern Pacific Ocean, in southwest of the Hawaiian Islands. Geographically, the country is part of the larger island group of Micronesia. The islands share maritime boundaries with the Federated States of Micronesia to the west, Wake Island to the north, Kiribati to the south-east, and Nauru to the south.
Majuro is the capital and the largest city in Marshall Islands.
Christmas Celebrations in Marshall Islands :
The Marshallese adopted Christianity with the coming of European colonists and Christian missionaries in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. In fact, the Marshallese enjoy a holiday season that stretches from September through December.
The people of these islands have created a celebration of Christmas that is all their own, by blending Christian beliefs with their own cultural traditions and values. On Christmas Day huge baskets of food are exchanged and the entire day is spent watching various local groups, called jeptas, perform original songs, dances, and skits.
The activities of this long season of preparation, as well as those of the Christmas festivities that crown it, illustrate Marshallese concepts of well-being, abundance, love, generosity, prestige, beauty, and play. The following description of the Christmas season in the Marshall Islands summarizes the celebrations that take place on Ujeland and Enewetak atolls.
Wishing all readers Merry Christmas 2019 & Happy New Year 2020 !!!