Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Nalujuk Celebrations

Tomorrow is Nalujuks night (which in English means Jannies or Mummers) also known as Old Christmas Day.

Three communities on the north coast celebrate this occasion.

We spoke to Christine Nochasak who is the Inuttitut teacher for John Christian Erhardt Memorial School in Makkovik.

Nochasak says her family members celebrate Nalujuks every year, and for anyone who would like to see a nalujuk, they call them up and the Nalujuk goes to their home.

She adds the nalujuk give out candies to the children, and that they will hold a church service at 3pm.

We also spoke to Joan Dicker who is the Inuttitut teacher for Jens Haven Memorial School in Nain.

Dicker says the Nalujuks will be arriving to the high school gym at 7pm.

She says the brass band will be there to perform and they will have few games for the children and adults.

She says she and Simon Kohlmeister would like to thank the Northern Store, Big Land Grocery and Nain Inuit Community Government for their donations.

Dicker says the Nalujuks will give out treats to the children, and after their treats, the Nalujuks will be going around town.

She adds that everyone should come and say “Happy New Year” to the Nalujuks.

And in Hopedale we spoke to Michael Mitsuk who is the Recreation Assistant for Hopedale Inuit Community Government.

Mitsuk says the Nalujuk will be going around town and will be giving out candies to the children.

Hope you all have a good Nalujuk day.

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