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January 2018

Purple Button Monday January 15 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day - (An official CNMI holiday)

February 2018

Purple Button Sunday February 4 - "SUPER BOWL 52" - Not really a holiday, but a good excuse to get together for a few beers and a     barbecue party!

Betty Boop Valentine Wednesday February 14 - Valentine's Day - Be with the one you love or love the one you're with, but either way enjoy Valentine's for the weekend. Dining at the Pacifica restaurant the Rota Resort and Country Club will work.

There are several theories as to origin of Valentine's day, but the one I like goes like this: It is a celebration of the life of Saint Valentine who lived in Constantinople 150 years after Constantine turned the city in a Christian     one. There was a pagan celebration on February 15th where lots of unmarried men chose a bride and were married on this day.     Married men didn't want to go to war, so Roman Emperor Claudius II forbade young men to marry. Ignoring the decree Saint     Valentine was executed on February 14, in the year A.D. 270.

Purple Button Saturday February 17 - Valentine's 3K Fun Run. Registration starts at 0600 and is Free. Run starts at 0630. For more     information you can contact the Rota's Mayor's Office at telephone #532-9452/2. Come on out and join us.

Purple Button Monday February 19 - President's Day - This makes for a nice long 3-day weekend. (An official CNMI holiday)
    This Federal holiday, which was officially called "Washinginton's Birthday, is today more commonly referred to as President's Day.     It is the first Federal holiday honoring an American citizen. It not only honors Washington, but also Lincoln and all others who     have been President of the United States.

March 2018

Celebrate St. Patricks Day   Saturday March 17 - Saint Patrick's Day - Originally, the event commemorated the death of the Irish patron saint   Patrick who died on March 17, 461 AD. He is regarded as the key figure in converting Ireland to Christianity, using   the shamrock leaf to explain the concept of the Holy Trinity.
  Luckily you don't have to be Irish to celebrate St. Patrick's day. And we don't have Guinness stout or green beer on   Rota, so you'll have to settle for a Busch or a Bud Lite.  Smiley Face

Purple Button March (Date to be announced) - It's the weekend of the San Isidro Fiesta in the village of Sinapalo, which will also include the    Rota Agricultural Fair - Come over to Rota for the weekend and some Rota Island hospitality.

Purple Button Saturday March 24 to be observed on Friday the 23rd - "Commonwealth Covenant Day" is an official CNMI holiday. Enjoy the    3-day weekend.

Purple Button Friday March 30 - Good Friday - (An official CNMI holiday) A 3-day weekend.

April 2018

April Fool's Day

  Sunday April 1 - Beware what anybody tells you today as it is April Fools' Day!

American Red Cross   Saturday April 1 - Is also the tenative date for the 31st annual American Red Cross CNMI-wide Walkathon. A $20   donation receives a T-shirt and a gift. Free sandwich and refreshments for walkers. Many other raffle prizes. Come   on out and support the American Red Cross, you never know when you might need them. Event begins at 0600 at                            Guata Beach. For more information, please call Pete Dela Cruz at 670-532-3117.

Saturday April 14 - 1st Rota Coffee Marathon - A new sporting event for Rota - Read about it here Marianas Variety Article
                                 For more details and an application see the following link - Details & Application Form

Japanese Flag  April 28 - May 6 - This is the start of "Golden Week," a big Japanese holiday time, which is a very popular and busy travel   time for people in Japan. It also means it is a very busy time on Rota. Reservations are very important during this time as spots on the airlines, hotels, rental cars and dive boats fill up fast. Start making your plans now!

May 2018

Purple Button Saturday May 5 - Cinco de Mayo (literally means 5th of May) - It is a celebration of the Mexican Army's victory over France    during the Franco- Mexican War. The battle was fought at Puebla and is considered a minor holiday inside Mexico. In the U.S.    however, Cinco de Mayo not only celebrates the victory at the Battle of Puebla, but a celebration of the culture and heritage of the    Mexican people. So much for the history lesson, this day is a day to eat Mexican food and drink Margaritas.

Mothers Day
  Sunday May 13 - It's Mother's Day - Take your mother out for a wonderful breakfast or brunch.

  Suggestion: The Pacifica Restaurant located at the Rota Resort is having a Mother's Day breakfast buffet   from 6:30 AM to 9:30 AM. Price for adults is $14.00, Kids (5-11 years old) is $7.00 and kids (0-4 years old) are   FREE. For more information call 670-532-1155. Make your reservations now.

Purple Button May - Rota Spear Fishing Derby
  The meeting place will be at Rota's West Harbor Marina with "free" registration starting at 8:00 AM. Then there will be a briefing   from 9:00-9:30 AM. Money prizes to be won in 3 categories. Award Presentation/Banquet to follow the derby starting at 6:00 PM.
  For further information contact the Rota Mayor's office at 670-532-9451

Purple Button May 26-28 - Is Memorial Day weekend. This is the long weekend of the Guam to Rota to Guam sailboat race put on by the     Marianas Yacht Club of Guam. This weekend will mark the 40th year of the race. All we can say is "Welcome Racers, Crew &     Guests" and we hope you have good winds & fair seas. Checkout their website Marianas Yacht Club Website

Purple Button Memorial Day - Monday May 28 - Memorial Day is observed on the last Monday of May. It was formally known as Decoration     Day and commemorates all the men and women, who have died in military service for the United States. It is traditionally seen as     the start of the summer season.

NOTICE: As of May 31, 2018 United Airlines through Cape Air will no longer be providing airline service to the island of Rota!

June 2018

Purple Button Sunday June 17 - Fathers Day - Be nice to your dad today.

Purple Button Thursday June 21 - Summer Solstice - The longest day of the year for the Marianas

July 2018

Riding a Bottle Rocket Wednesday July 4 - Independence Day or the 4th of July as it is commonly known. This federal holiday commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776 and the announcement of our independence from England. It is a day of celebration - picnics, barbecues, hot dogs, baseball and fireworks to name a few. It is also CNMI Liberation day.

August 2018

September 2018

Purple Button Monday September 3 - This is a 3-day weekend celebrating Labor Day. So come on over to Rota and enjoy yourself!

Purple Button September - Rota Coconut Festival see the following: Rota Coconut Festival - Marianas Variety

Purple Button Friday September - Come and join the 2018 International Coastal Cleanup. For more information you can contact Mr. William     Pendergrass of Rota BECQ at telephone number 670-532-0466.

October 2018

Purple Button Saturday & Wednesday October 5th - Saturday 8th - It's that time of year again for the famous annual Rota "San Francisco     DeBorja" Fiesta. Come and join the people of Rota in this celebration!

    For further information you can contact the Rota Mayor's Office at Tel: 670-532-9451/2 or check out this article in the Marianas     Variety - Annual Rota Island Fiesta

Purple Button Monday October 8 - It's Columbus Day a holiday celebrating the anniversary of the October 12, 1492 arrival of Europeans to the     Americas. Italian - Americans observe Columbus Day as a celebration of their heritage. It is also a local CNMI holiday know as     Commonwealth Cultural Day - It's a 3-day weekend.

Vampire Teeth logo   Wednesday October 31 (The official day of Halloween) - Halloween - This fun day was originally know as "Samhain"   a Pagan Celt festival celebrated in Ireland and Great Britain. This tradition was brought to North America by   immigrants from these countries. The term Halloween is shortened from All-hallow-even, as it is the evening of/before   "All Hallows' Day", which we know as "All Saints' Day".

  Not an official holiday, but any excuse for a party, especially if you get to wear a costume!

November 2018

Purple Button Sunday November 4 - Citizenship Day - To be observed on Monday November 5 (An official CNMI Holiday) and another 3-day    weekend

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  November 14-17 - Once again it's time for one of the largest dive shows in the world. DEMA 2018 will be held at   the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. For more information see the DEMA Website

Purple Button Sunday November 11 - Veteran's day official date, but it will be observed on Monday November 12, which means it is a 3-day    weekend - Don't forget to show your appreciation to a vet on this day.

Purple Button Saturday November 17 - 24nd Annual Rota Blue Triathlon - Start training now and join us for this fun and competitive event. For    more information see the following - Video Clip from last year's Rota Triathlon

Purple Button Thursday November 22 - Thanksgiving Day - We celebrate this day with turkey, so that we have leftovers for sandwiches and    soup. (An official CNMI holiday)

December 2018

Purple Button Saturday December 8 - Constitution Day - (An Official CNMI holiday) - To be observed on Friday December 7 - A 3-day weekend

Purple Button Thursday December 21 - Winter Solstice - The shortest day of the year for the Marianas

Purple Button Tuesday December 25 - Christmas Day - Enjoy your Christmas vacation.

Purple Button Monday December 31 - New Years Eve!!!

January 2019

Hangover Face Tuesday January 1 - WELCOME to the new year!!!


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