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National traditions of Guam. Habits, mentality and the way of living

Although the culture and traditions of locals were greatly influenced by both Europe and America, people living here are still true to their customs, many of which was formed back in ancient times. Great attention is paid to the revival of culture in the country since over the years the national language Chamorro has been almost completely lost. Today, only representatives of the older generation can speak it fluently. In order to promote the national culture among young people, Guam hosts a lot of interesting events, festivals and holidays based on ancient traditions.
Leisure on the Guam Island should not be limited to beach activities and walking tours alone, as there are a lot of interesting sights that both …
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Another vivid distinctive feature you can discover here is unique Aibro language. With the help of various gestures and facial expressions, local people can express themselves as freely as in ordinary language. Aibro is a completely unique communication system that has evolved over thousands of years. It is simply impossible for a foreign traveler to master this sign language since the same gesture accompanied by different facial expressions may have completely opposite meanings.
The foreign influence was not strong enough to break the tradition of creating family communities. Relatives for each local resident are the most important people in life, and family affairs have always been of the highest priority. Representatives of the older generation who are trying to help younger ones with wise advice are the head of the family, their word is decisive. Copyright
Guam will delight shoppers with a variety of shopping centers and original shops. In the heart of Tumon is located Gallery trading center, which will …
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It is also worth mentioning unique local musical traditions. No celebration is complete without enchanting dance and music performances. Each dance performance turns into real theatrical action, it is a pleasure to watch national groups performing for the audience.
The tradition of folk crafts has also been preserved; local craftsmen can carve a real piece of art out of any stone. Locally made fabrics are very popular among tourists who also buy wood articles as souvenirs. Locals are very friendly to foreigners, trying to please them in all possible ways. Asking for advice or help from citizens, keep in mind that sometimes they may be afraid to give an honest answer so as not to upset or offend the interlocutor. Their desire to always be helpful often leads to quite funny situations, and the way to the cherished restaurant, which, according to locals, is located “pretty close” may turn out to be more than long.
The discovery of this island is connected with an interesting legend. In the beginning of the 16th century, Ferdinand Magellan discovered the island, …
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Festivals in Guam attract many tourists due to their color and distinctiveness. One of the most original events on the island can be called the Annual Mango Festival held at the end of May in the village of Agat, and more specifically, on Agat Oriental Market. This is a time of real fun, which is supported by canoe races, tasting culinary delights, dance and music performances, interactive shows, contests, parades, and beach afterparties. The three-day celebration ends with colorful fireworks.
The island hosts one of the most interesting holidays dedicated to the patron saint. This is San Isidro in whose honor the Malojloj Fiesta is held in the city of Inarajan. As part of the event, a religious parade in honor of the island's patron saint is held in the morning, buffalo races are in the afternoon, and in the evening, visitors are offered a rich gastronomic program including tasting local specialties. Of course, you can join public festivities and parties close to churches on the central streets. All this gives the event a special flavor and attracts many tourists.
Guam presents a wide choice of gastronomic establishments where national restaurants are most popular among travelers. You can try the most popular …
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On July 21 is the Liberation Day, a national holiday in Guam. At this time, a colorful carnival taking place on Ypao Beach is dedicated to the liberation of the island from Japan by the US naval forces in 1944. In general, it is celebrated everywhere but it is here that the event takes the most solemn turn. On this day, you can get very closely acquainted with the local culture through dances, music, parades, interactive shows, performances, theatricals, and local cuisine. Everyone will be satisfied - this is the principle of the festival, at this time it is customary to rejoice at the fact that the war was once over. And therefore the program pleases all those who are lucky enough to be part of the event at this time.
Sports enthusiasts will surely appreciate the Smokin' Wheels held in early April. At this time, racers compete with each other on the mud track. The spectacle is really exciting, which is even noted by those who are not big fans of sports. Besides, at this time it is customary to have picnics, which means that the festival is ready to please those preferring outdoor recreation. Another sporting event on the island takes place in February and is dedicated to volleyball. At this time, hundreds of athletes from all over Micronesia compete for the title of the best volleyball team.
It's recommended to start exploring local attractions with a walk through the city of Hagatna, which has been the center of the island since the days …
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Get acquainted with the culture of Micronesia in early May when the Guam Micronesia Island Fair takes place. Well, as is known, any fair brings color, fun, and a rich cultural program that includes musical, theatrical, circus, and dance performances. Of course, all this is of national character, and that's why the festival is advised to all those preferring to delve deep into the culture of places they visit. At the fair, you can buy hand-made products, which means that such unique items cannot be bought anywhere else. The venue is Paseo De Susana Park in the city of Hagatna.
Guam Live International Music Festival gathers on the island many fans of quality music who have come to listen to famous and talented performers from the USA, Japan, Polynesian islands, and Micronesia. It falls on the middle of June, and the place is Gov Joseph Flores Beach Park. This is one of the biggest events of the year, during which you can not only listen to music but also enjoy local cuisine and watch some colorful performances. An interesting program is prepared for kids who can have plenty of fun here. At the beginning of July, tourists can witness another major event - a barbecue cooking contest. Besides tastings of products cooked by the best chefs from Asia and Micronesia, dance and music programs are waiting for the audience.
Guam is primarily known as a beach resort. In each town, you'll certainly find an excellent beach with an abundance of sports grounds, cozy coffee …
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Those who want to know everything about fishing on Guam should visit the island on August 12 when Gupot Y Peskadot, or Fishermen’s Festival, is held. At this time, besides fresh fish and seafood, visitors are offered an interesting interactive program. And one more gastronomic event is scheduled for October when hundreds of restaurants around the island offer a special menu with the inclusion of the best local sweets. Its name is Pastries in Paradise.
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