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Current Events and Happenings on Rota

Coronavirus Warning

As of February 23, 2021 there have been no positive cases of the COVID-19 virus on the island. Even though this is the case the island is still taking safety precautions, such as social distancing, limited customers in stores and the wearing of masks in several business establishments. Residents have already begun to get their Covid vaccinations.

Unfortunately due to this virus situation the Events and Happenings on this calendar are not currently
valid as they may have been canceled, postponed or re-scheduled. We will try to keep things updated.

January 2021

Hangover Face Friday January 1st - (Official Federal and CNMI holiday) - WELCOME to the New Year!!!

Purple Button Monday January 18th - Martin Luther King Day - (Official Federal and CNMI holiday) Enjoy a 3-day weekend.

Presidential Inauguration

   Wednesday January 20th - Inauguration Day - On this day Joe Biden will be sworn-in as the 46th President of the    United States

February 2021

Super Bowl 55 2021

  Sunday February 7th - "SUPER BOWL 55" - This years Super Bowl will be played at the Raymond James   stadium in Tampa, Florida. Not an official holiday, although many think it should be. It is a time for friends   and family to get together for drink, barbequing and rooting for your favorite team.

Betty Boop Valentine Sunday February 14th - 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.

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.

Presidents Day Monday February 15th - President's Day - This makes for a nice long 3-day weekend. (Oficial Federal and 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 2021

Celebrate St. Patricks Day   Wednesday March 17th - 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. He also supposedly chased away all the snakes in   Ireland.

  Luckily you don't have to be Irish to celebrate St. Patrick's day. Sorry Rota has no Guinness stout or green beer, so   you'll have to settle for a Bud 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 Wednesday March 24th - "Commonwealth Covenant Day" is an official CNMI holiday.

April 2021

April Fool's Day

  Thursday April 1st - Beware what anybody tells you on this day as it is April Fools' Day! Playing practical   jokes and hoaxes are common on this day. You can play a joke or trick someone and yell "April Fools" to   have fun and enjoy the fun spirit of the day.

American Red Cross   Date to be announced - Is the date for the 34th annual American Red Cross CNMI-wide Walkathon. For   information on the Walkathon and how you can support,volunteer or participate, call the chapter at 234-3459 or
  e-mail Red Cross Saipan Chapter

On Rota 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 their help. Event begins at 0600 at Guata Beach. For more information, please call Pete Dela Cruz at 670-532-3117.

Purple Button Friday April 2nd - Good Friday - (An official CNMI holiday) Enjoy a 3-day weekend.

Purple Button Sunday April 4th - Easter.

Japanese Flag  Dates to be announced - 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 2021

Celebrate Cinco-de-Mayo

Wednesday May 5th - 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 enjoy Mexican food and drink Margaritas.

Mothers Day

  Sunday May 9th - It's Mother's Day - Take your mother out for a wonderful breakfast or brunch, she deserves   it.

42nd Annual Guam to Rota Sailboat Race

    May 29-31 - 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 44     years of the race. All we can say is "Welcome Racers, Crew & Guests" and we hope you have     good winds & fair seas. Visit their website Marianas Yacht Club Website

Purple Button Memorial Day - Monday May 31st (Official Federal and CMNI holiday) - 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.

June 2021

Purple Button Sunday June 20th - Fathers Day - Be nice to your dad today.

Purple Button Monnday June 21st - This is the Summer Solstice and the longest day of the year for the Marianas

July 2021

Riding a Bottle Rocket

Purple Button Sunday July 4th - (Official Federal and CNMI holiday) 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.

Purple Button Monday July 5th - Official day off for Independence Day holiday, which makes for a long weekend!

August 2021

Budweiser logo   To Be Announced - Budweiser Rota Cliff Fishing Derby
  For more information contact the Rota Mayor's Office at 670-532-9451/2 ext. 106 or E-mail:   cpgorota@gmail.com

September 2021

Purple Button Monday September 6th - Labor Day (Official Federal and CNMI holiday) This is a 3-day weekend, so come on over to Rota and     enjoy yourself!

Purple Button Friday & Dates to be announced - Rota Coconut Festival. For more information, contact special assistant for programs Aubry     Hocog of the Rota Mayor's Office at 670-532-9451 or Rota MVA at telephone number 670-532-0327

   You can also check out this article in the Marianas Variety - 2019 Rota Island Coconut Festival

Purple Button Dates to be announced - Come and join the 2021 International Coastal Cleanup Day. For more information you can contact     Mr. William "Bill" Pendergrass of Rota BECQ at telephone number 670-532-0466 or E-mail: Rota BECQ Office

October 2021

Purple Button Dates to be announced - It's that time of year again for the famous annual Rota "San Francisco DeBorja" Fiesta. Come and     join the people of Rota for fun and celebration! Fishing derby, food competition and performances by bands from Saipan &     Guam.

    For further information you can contact Ms. Aubry Hocog of the Rota Mayor's Office at Tel: 670-532-9451/2 / E-mail:     aubtyhocog@gmail.com

    You can also check out this article in the Marianas Variety -    Annual Rota Island Fiesta

Purple Button Monday October 11th - (Official Federal and CNMI holiday) - 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   Sunday October 31st (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 2021

Purple Button Thursday November 4th - CNMI Citizenship Day - (An official CNMI Holiday)

Purple Button Thursday November 11th - Veteran's Day - (Official Federal and CNMI holiday) - Don't forget to show your appreciation to a     vet on this day.

  Tuesday November 16th - Friday November 19th - DEMA (Diving Equipment & Marketing Association) Show the    world's only international event for the scuba diving industry will be held at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las   Vegas, Nevada. For more information go to - DEMA Show Information

Purple Button Thursday November 25th - Thanksgiving Day - (Official Federal and CNMI holiday) - We celebrate this day with turkey, so that     we have leftovers for sandwiches and soup.

December 2021

Purple Button Wednesday December 8th - Constitution Day - (An Official CNMI holiday)

Purple Button Monday December 22nd - Winter Solstice - The shortest day of the year for the Marianas

Purple Button Friday December 24th - Day off for Christmas - (A Federal and official CNMI holiday) - Enjoy your Christmas vacation.

Purple Button Friday December 31st - New Years Eve!!!


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