On Dec. 6 from 5:30pm to 9pm, the University of Guam CHamoru language students will be hosting Puengen Minagof Nochebuena, in the Humanities and Social Sciences Building. Puengen Minagof is an annual celebration of CHamoru language and culture organized by CHamoru language instructors at the University of Guam. CHamoru language students in classes ranging from beginner to advanced will performing in CHamoru Christmas-themed activities.
Students will perform a nativity play, recite slam poetry, and will sing a variety of CHamoru Christmas carols. Refreshments will be available, most importantly boñelos. This Puengen Minagof will feature many types of boñelos that people may be familiar with, and many new flavors one might not expect.
The making of a bilen, or a nativity scene, is an important part of CHamoru culture during this time of year. Groups of students will be working together to create their own interpretation of this important cultural tradition. These bilen will be on display and will be competing for the “Best Bilen” award. The public is invited to attend and vote for the “People’s Choice Award” Bilen.
The event is free and open to the public. (UOG)