Friday, December 9, 2005

Residents Of Tiny Island Celebrate Christmas By Tossing Candy At Each Other

KOSRAE, Micronesia (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Some people celebrate Christmas by tossing back drinks but on the tiny island of Kosrae, Micronesia, they do it by throwing candy at each other.

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 Handel’s 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 they’re ‘tossing’ the candy but they’re really trying to peg people.”

This year, the celebrations take place in five island churches, but Adams says next year’s 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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