To commemorate the 75th anniversary of Guam’s liberation from Japan during World War II, celebrations will take place around the U.S. this weekend to showcase Chamorro and Guamanian culture. A local gathering featuring food, music and dance is scheduled Saturday in Vine Grove.
“It’s kind of like how the U.S. celebrates the 4th of July,” co-organizer Julie Debibar said. “That’s how Guam looks at this as well.”
Kicking off at 6 p.m., the outdoor event takes place at a private property at 275 McIntyre Road in Vine Grove.
The menu includes two rotisserie-style roasted pigs, barbecue ribs, barbecue chicken, beef kelaguen, chicken kelaguen and latiya.
A DJ also will be at the event, playing everything from traditional Guamanian music to modern hits. Guamanian dances also will be performed.
Debibar said the event also serves as a preview of sorts for the Radcliff Cultural Festival in September, which features food and cultural demonstrations from a variety of countries and territories, including Guam.
“If our small band of people can do this, then I know that the Radcliff community can also do it for our Radcliff Cultural Festival,” she said.
Saturday’s celebration is a potluck-style event, in which people are encouraged to bring side dishes, drinks and desserts. Debibar said attendees should bring their own seating, pop-up tents and coolers. Glass bottles are prohibited.
The event is free and open to the public, but donations to help pay for next year’s event are accepted. Debibar said she is preparing for more than 300 attendees.
“It’s not just us Guamanians or Chamorros that are there,” she said. “There are other ethnicities that come out to participate and kind of get a gist of what we do.”
Those with questions about the event can call Debibar at 270-312-0905.