A Guam Batik Gallery Holiday Tradition
The meaning of the Chamorro saying, dandan I panduretas, by Judy Flores
I never knew what Panduretas were until just recently – I just never thought to ask. This song was always sung on the last night of the Nubenan Ninio.
I knew that “Dandan I Panduretas” meant to make a joyful noise. “Panduretas”, it turns out, are pots and pans and other objects with which to beat on and make a joyful noise.
The Nubenan Ninio (nine days of prayer for the Baby Jesus) is always calculated to end on Christmas Eve, Christmas, New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, or Three Kings (January 6). So Christmas parties were spread out all over Inalahan village as various families celebrated on any of these days.
On the ending celebrations, a full party meal was usually served, with everyone in the extended family contributing food and helping to prepare it. Hineksa’ Agaga’ (red rice), barbeque fish, chicken keleguin, fish kelaguin, amotsiyas (chopped chicken with herbs, wrapped in pumpkin leaf), tamales gisu (made with corn meal and bacon, wrapped in banana leaf), galai appan lemmai (breadfruit in coconut milk), titiyas mai’es (corn tortillas), gollai agun suni (chopped taro leaves in coconut milk, lemon and turmeric) and whatever produce and meats that came from the family lanchos.
Happy Holidays from the Guam Batik Gallery!