Christmas in Marshall Islands

Christmas in Marshall Islands has been celebrated since the 1850s when the first American Protestant missionaries arrived here. The strong ties of a major section of the Islanders to the Protestant church still exist. And, the Christmas in Marshall Islands is a beautiful manifestation of this. It is that time of the year when people indulge in traditional holiday activities like religious observances, family gatherings, tree trimming, caroling and gift giving and festive music fills the air.
Christmas in Marshall Islands has been celebrated since the 1850s when the first American Protestant missionaries arrived here. The strong ties of a major section of the Islanders to the Protestant church still exist. And, the Christmas in Marshall Islands is a beautiful manifestation of this. It is that time of the year when people indulge in traditional holiday activities like religious observances, family gatherings, tree trimming, caroling and gift giving and festive music fills the air.
Christmas in Marshall Islands, these days, are remnants of those glory days. Churches don’t usually hand out pigs or prizes. But, the healthy sense of rivalry between the groups to outwit the other, can still be seen even today. Immediately after the morning service on Christmas Day, groups line up outside the Protestant and Assembly of God churches, launching into song just outside the door. Huge crowds gather as the groups come to the church singing and dancing the uniquely Marshallese dance that is locally known as ‘beat’. These dances are known to be active and energetic.
A dance group usually performs two or three dances and then, performs several choir songs. The performance comes to an end with a circular march in the center of the church. The dance groups then give away goodies to the audience tossing everything from candy bars and bags of ramen noodles to pencils, plastic cups and tooth brushes. There are usually many groups and many churches to visit and therefore, the Christmas in Marshall Islands celebrations continue for most of the week following, with special performances at different churches by the groups.
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