Guam 2015: Easter in Sinajana

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.

Carl and Sandra hosted the Easter celebration.

Carl and Sandra hosted the Easter celebration.

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.

Easter display and tables at one end of the tent.

Easter display and tables at one end of the tent — bowls of white and red rice, sausages, a spinach dish, spare ribs. Rolls on back table to the left. I think those are bananas near the Easter Bunny.

Chicken, beef broccoli, spare ribs. Guamanians love to eat meat!

Chicken, beef broccoli, spare ribs. Guamanians love to eat meat!

Some of the food on tables at the other end of the tent: potato salad, turkey, different kinds of chicken. At the back corner of the table is the Chamorro's favorite sauce, fina'denne, which is mostly vinegar, onions and lots of peppers.

Some of the food on tables at the other end of the tent: potato salad, turkey, different kinds of chicken. At the back corner of the table is the Chamorro’s favorite sauce, fina’denne, which is mostly vinegar, onions and lots of peppers.

Mostly fruit and vegetable dishes on this table.

Mostly fruit and vegetable dishes on these tables.

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.

Carl's parents.

Carl’s parents.

More photos of Carl’s family:

IMG_0263-1IMG_0267-1IMG_0270-1IMG_0271-1IMG_0274-1IMG_0275-1Most of the people in the following photos are my wife’s relatives:

Sandra's sister Lisa and her husband Alex.

Sandra’s sister Lisa and her husband Alex.

Alex and his daughter Desiree's boyfriend. Desiree is attending  college in Hawaii and missed the party.

Alex and his daughter Desiree’s boyfriend. Desiree is attending college in Hawaii and missed the party.

The boyfriend's family.

The boyfriend’s family.

Two of Sandra and Carl's daughters.

Two of Sandra and Carl’s daughters.

Sandra's two aunties enjoyed the party.

Sandra’s two aunties enjoyed the party.

My wife and her niece Lisa, the youngest of her sister Mary's nine kids.

My wife and her niece Lisa, the youngest of her sister Mary’s nine kids.

Sandra and Lisa's brother Joe and his two aunties. I met Joe four times: in 1972 when he was just a kid; in 1981 when he was a teenager and showed us around the island one day; in 2004 when he invited us to his house in Talafofo and we got acquainted with his wife and four sons; and now when his kids have kids of their own.

Sandra and Lisa’s brother Joe and his two aunties. I met Joe four times: in 1972 when he was just a kid; in 1981 when he was a teenager and showed us around the island one day; in 2004 when he invited us to his house in Talofofo and we got acquainted with his wife and four sons; and now when his kids have kids of their own.

The party continued after the meal with an Easter Egg Hunt and other children’s games.

IMG_0280-1IMG_0281-1IMG_0285-1These kids were told to put buckets over their heads and then smile:

IMG_0287-1IMG_0288-1IMG_0289-1IMG_0290-1Our 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.

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I am a family man with interests in family history, photography, history and travel.
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2 Responses to Guam 2015: Easter in Sinajana

  1. a wonderful ( and big) family Crow!!

  2. Pingback: Easter Sunday in Rome | Crow Canyon Journal

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