Christmas season into gear

Miss Kwajalein Dorine Laura Korwan joined in on the Christmas parade on Ebeye December 13 with her own custom-made trailer attached to a Kawasaki mule. Photo: Hilary Hosia.

Christmas is just around the corner — the most anticipated month of the year. As the countdown for Christmas is getting closer, the biit practices are intensifying across the country as evidenced by the Lokojbar Jepta in Delap last weekend.

Meanwhile, Tuesday this week, the Ebeye Chamber of Commerce held its annual Christmas parade — attracting anxious children to line the street on Ebeye waiting on candies and treats.

Miss Kwajalein Dorine Laura Korwan joined in on the Christmas cheers with her own custom-made trailer attached to a Kawasaki mule.

The parade took close to two hours to circle the tiny island.

The Lokojbar weto jepta can be found practicing its biit dancing nearly every night as it gets ready for the Christmas celebration. Photo: Wilmer Joel.

Residents from the US Army Garrison-Kwajalein Atoll also joined in on the fun on top of the Air Marshall Islands float.

For extra safety, police officers by the mass escorted the floats around the island.
In Majuro, the Marshall Islands Chamber of Commerce and Majuro Atoll Local Government are sponsoring this year’s Christmas parade in Majuro this Saturday.

On Monday December 19, the Mejerik Club and the RMI government are hosting the Christmas lighting ceremony at the front of the former capital building in Delap.

When it comes to time most Jepta go all out. They’ll biit all through the night exceeding curfew schedules until they have the steps down.

Most congregations are targeting December 26 the day when all jeptas will perform their biits from daylight to sundown. When it comes to watching biit performances it is usually a packed event with many spectators. It is without question that stores on Majuro that sell material by the yard will be sold out for all the Christmas uniforms worn by jepta participants.

Christmas will be celebrated Marshallese style with whistles being blown, dancing grooves being displayed, and candies being thrown.

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