Iokwe and Season’s Greetings!
On behalf of my family and the Government of the Marshall Islands, my best wishes to each and every one of you here in the Marshall Islands and those abroad.
As a nation with a Christian foundation, the significance of December 25th is deeply entwined with our customs and traditions. It is a symbol of our unique identity that allows us to come together as one. It is a symbol that regardless of the hardships and challenges, we must remain steadfast in our Christian beliefs and our Marshallese heritage. The birth of Jesus is a reminder, that through trial and tribulations, there is hope.
This year especially has been a stressful one with the COVID-19 and we could surely take advantage of the holiday season to unwind and take a breather from the chaos brought by COVID-19. This holiday season provides an opportunity for us to help these businesses in the tourism and hospitality industries by enjoying stays at their establishments and using their services. The little business that you give them will go a long way to help them keep their doors open and their employees keep their jobs.
As you partake in this year’s Christmas festivities with those you love, your family, and community, let us be thankful for his unending blessings bestowed upon us. The time you spend with your families provides time for you to rest and relax so when you head back to work you are refreshed and ready to tackle your workload.
As you spend time with your family and community, may you comfort those who have lost a loved one this past year due to COVID-19 or other reasons. Give them a reason to restore their faith in God and in humanity.
In the spirit of giving, I take this time to express my sincerest gratitude to our traditional leaders, elected leaders, diplomatic allies, donor partners, private sector, NGOs, and everyone for your efforts towards the growth and safety of our home.
Together with my family and the government of the RMI, wishing you a Merry Christmas and Prosperous New Year.
H.E. PRESIDENT DAVID KABUA
DECEMBER 25, 2020