VIDEO: 6th Annual “Gupot Fanha’aniyan Pulan CHamoru” – Lunar Calendar Festival This SUNDAY

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Guam – This Sunday the Fisherman’s Co-Op will be holding the 6th annual Chamorro Lunar Calendar Festival on the Co-Op grounds at the Paseo.

The annual event features the release of the Chamorro Lunar Calendar which lists the names of the lunar months that Chamorros used prior to the Spanish era.

Each year the Festival has grown,  but support and funding for the Festival has been slim. Last year they included booths that displayed traditional medicines or “amot” as well as locally farmed produce.

The Co-Op and the WestPac Fishery’s Council [WPRFMC] are among the sponors of the event. WPRCMC’s John Calvo says this year, the festival will feature traditional hat weavers.

“It’s the sixth annual Gupot Fanhaniyan Pulan Chamorro which is the Chamorro Lunar Calendar Festival”, said Calvo. “The event will be from 10am to 7pm. We will be having entertainment exhibits. Our cultural practioners will be out doing demonstrations and exhibiting their works which will be both for display and some for sale.”

Calvo says the festival will also focus on preparing the islands cultural practioners for  the Festival of Pacific Arts [FESTPAC] which will be held on Guam in 2016.

READ the release from the Fisherman’s COOP below:

The moon has always held much significance for the Chamorro people who have inhabited Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands for approximately 4,000 years.  The lunar movement synchronizes the life cycles of the flora and fauna of the islands and ocean.  The ancient Chamorro, being a seafaring people, relied on the moon phases to guide daily activities.  Modern Chamorro traditions and cultural values have evolved from these practices that encourage living in respect and harmony with the island environment.

The Guam Fishermen’s Cooperative Association, with support from the Dept. of Chamorro Affairs, Farmers Cooperative Association of Guam, Guam Hotel & Restaurant Association, Guam Organization of Saltwater Anglers, Guam Visitors Bureau, Mayor’s Council of Guam, Marianas Underwater Fishing Federation and the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council, is celebrating the 6th Annual Gupot Fanha’aniyan Pulan CHamoru (Chamorro Lunar Calendar Festival) from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday, January 26, 2014.

 It will be held on the grounds of the Guam Fishermen’s Cooperative Association by the Marina next to the Chamorro Village in Hagåtña.  Our event sponsors include our GUALÅFFON level sponsors Ambros Inc., Atkins Kroll/AC Delco, and Pacific Daily News; our PULAN level sponsors BankPacific, Coast 360 FCU and Southern Pacific Petroleum Corporation (76); and our Sinahi sponsors Guam Premium Outlets and Nissan Motors.

The Chamorro Lunar Calendar Committee under the auspices of the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council will be distributing (1 per family) the 2014 Fanha’aniyan Pulan CHamoru (Chamorro Lunar Calendar) which features the moon phases in the Chamorro language, the Guam tide charts and fishing seasons.  The calendar showcases beautiful art work from our local students who will be recognized at the opening ceremony at 10 a.m.  The art contest prizes were provided by Fish Eye Marine Park, Guam Tropical Dive Station, McDonalds of Guam and Under Water World.

The theme of the calendar and festival is “Tinilaikan Klema yan Inirensian Lugat: Direcho yan Opbligasion” (Climate Change and Traditional Places: Rights and Responsibilities).  This theme encourages discussion on how climate change impacts our Chamorro culture and traditional places.  Traditional knowledge and cultural practices promotes sustainable use of natural resources through cultural rights and responsibilities as mandated by our Chamorro cultural values.  The lunar movement directs the life cycles of the flora and fauna of the land and ocean and central to life in our islands.  The practice of culture and traditions has provided the people of the Marianas resiliency and ensured the availability of food through sound traditional management of natural resources.

The festival will also feature exhibits, displays, demonstrations and entertainment utilizing the Chamorro language and values.  Local artisans will provide demonstrations of their crafts; provide learning opportunities and have culturally crafted items for sale.  Cultural dance groups will provide continuous visual stimulation and entertainment through chants, song and movement.  Local farmers and fishermen will showcase their talents with produce and foods for taste and sale.  We promote the “Buy Local” program.

Continuing this year, in line with the Chamorro value of respect for our island, AK Guam and AC Delco are paying you to keep Guam green! Bring in your old car or boat battery to the 4th Annual Chamorro Lunar Festival and receive $5! And get $1 for your old motorcycle battery! Damaged, cracked, leaking or alkaline batteries excluded.  The drop off area for the batteries will be the festival entrance at the GFCA parking lot.

A major highlight of the event will be the chinahan, an ancient Chamorro method of cooking underground. The public is invited to observe the preparation of the CHåhan (underground oven) when fish and starch crops such as taro, yams, breadfruit, tapioca and sweet potatoes will be placed in the earthen oven and at 4:00 p.m., it will be ceremoniously opened with a procession of food to the feast tables.  The procession will include representation from each of the island’s villages led by their Village Mayor with their contribution for the feast.  Once done, in the spirit of the Chamorro culture, the feast will be shared with those in attendance.  The event is free and open to the general public.

Come Celebrate the Lunar New Year – Chamorro Style

Biba Chamorro!!!  Biba CHamoru!!!   Biba Guahan!!!  Biba Guam!!!