VANUATU KIDS PREFER NIGHT CLUBS TO ‘BONANE’

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PORT VILA, Vanuatu (Port Vila Presse, Jan. 6) – As the years roll by, popular scenes of well-wishers in the form of "Bonane" (Bislama for the French "Bonne Annee" or Happy New Year) groups are beginning to dwindle in Vanuatu.

A resident of Luganville said "Bonane" may be losing its meaning, especially for the younger generation in Luganville.

In the past, different island community groups were seen gathering their people together and teaching them songs to sing during this big event.

Nowadays, youngsters are more interested in night clubbing instead of singing Bonane.

"Bonane is part of our Vanuatu culture and if we are not careful, we will completely lose this tradition started by the forefathers during the colonial era," the villager said.

Despite this lack of interest some communities outside the municipal area and other active Bonane fans were still seen holding the tradition high despite most communities in the Luganville area not participating.

Meanwhile, a community leader reported to Daily Post that the Celebrations for Christmas and New Years eve in West Malo were also full of fun. To end the celebrations, the people hosted a large community feast.

January 7, 2005

Port Vila Presse: http://www.news.vu/en/

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