Every Christmas, the 8000 or so citizens of the South Pacific island gather in churches for a tradition that some people describe as a slow-motion halftime show.
The Kosraens split up into different marching groups that perform 60-minute routines to Christmas tunes like Handels Messiah, all while wearing wacky outfits, such as dark glasses with flashing lights and Santa hats, or by chewing glow-in-the- dark gum.
As each marching group leaves the church, members throw candy at audience members but, as island resident Katrina Adams puts it, They say theyre tossing the candy but theyre really trying to peg people.
This year, the celebrations take place in five island churches, but Adams says next years event will be huge because all the churches will be competing against each other and folks who have moved off the island will be returning especially for the celebration.
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