Sinajana is a little village in Guam up in the hills not too far from Tumon Bay. It’s where my wife grew up and where her sister Mary raised her nine kids. Well, Mary died several years ago and her husband Henry passed away just last year and those nine kids are spread all over Guam (actually, one now lives in San Diego but she was visiting the island the same time we were). But one of Mary’s daughters still lives in Sinajana — in her parents’ house, as a matter of fact. And she invited us to a family celebration on Easter Sunday this year.
There’s a lot of room in front of Sandra and Carl’s house for partying and did we party! There were enough tables and chairs under a large tent to accommodate more than 50 people and a separate area of tables under another tent to display all of the food we were about to consume that day.
Carl hails from Merizo in the southern part of Guam near Cocos Island. Four generations of his family were at the party including his parents, siblings, children and grandchildren. My wife’s family was well represented, too, but several of her nieces and nephews were missing because they had their own family celebrations to attend that day.
More photos of Carl’s family:
The party continued after the meal with an Easter Egg Hunt and other children’s games.
Our day began with our attending Mass at St Jude’s Catholic Church in Sinajana, my wife’s old parish church. After the party we drove to the airport to pick up our daughter and her family. They left San Francisco on Saturday morning but didn’t arrive in Guam until Sunday night and so missed the Easter festivities. We ended the day with our family and my wife’s niece Lisa and her husband Alex joining us for a late dinner at the Outback restaurant across the street from our hotel.
We have had many memorable Easters over the years. Rome in 2009. Wellington, New Zealand in 2011. All those back home with immediate family. And this one in Sinajana in 2015 ranks among the best.