Northern Mariana Islands Holidays, Events, Climate and Sightseeing

Northern Mariana Islands: Holidays, Events, Climate

Public holidays

There are a number of public holidays that do not have a fixed date, but are based on the location of Easter. Easter takes place on the first Sunday that follows the first full moon after the beginning of spring. Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent, which ends on Holy Saturday, is 46 days before Holy Saturday. The date for Pentecost is then 50 days after Easter. Corpus Christi is celebrated on the second Thursday after Pentecost. All Saints’ Day is celebrated for Orthodox Christians on the first Sunday after Pentecost, but for Catholic Christians the date is fixed on November 1st. On October 31, Protestants celebrate Reformation Day. The Halloween festival also takes place on this day.

Date Holiday
January 1 New Year
January 8 National Day, Commonwealth Day
3rd Monday in February Presidents’ Day
March 24 Alliance day
March April Good Friday, Easter Sunday
Last Monday in May Remembrance day
July 4 USA Independence Day
1st Monday in September Labor Day
2nd Monday in October Columbus Day
November 4 Citizens Day
November 11 Veterans day
Last Thursday in November Thanksgiving
December 8 Constitution Day
25 December Christmas

Source: Countryaah – Northern Mariana Islands Holidays


Village or island festivals

Date Holiday
2nd Saturday in March Sinapolo on the island of Rota
end of April San Vicente on Saipan Isla
Last week of April San Jose, patron saint of the island, festival on Tinian
Mid-June San Antonio on Saipan Isla
Mid-July In Chalan Kanoa on Saipan Isla
mid August In San Roque on Saipan Isla
the beginning of October In Tanapag on Saipan Isla
2nd Sunday in October Feast of San Fancisco de Borja, patron saint of Rota Island. The most important festival of the Northern Mariana Islands takes place on the island of Rota. There is singing and dancing. A religious procession is held and food from the local chomorros can be sampled.

Regular sporting events

Date Holiday
end of January Half marathon on Saipan Islands
in the middle of February Windsurfing competition and catamaran regatta on Micro Beach; Saipan
end of March Bike race on Tinian
middle of May Tagaman triathlon in the town of the same name
mid August Windsurfing competition and marlin fishing at Micro Beach
end of September Fishing competition on the cliffs of Tinian Isla


Tips are expected on Saipan Island and in tourist establishments.

Northern Mariana Islands: climate

The climate in the Northern Mariana Islands is tropical and temperate due to the northeast trade wind.

As can be seen in the table, the average temperatures are very even throughout the year.

However, the islands are located within the typhoon belt, with the typhoon season running from August to December.

The best time to travel to the Northern Mariana Islands

The best travel time is from March to September. The climate is then not so hot and humid and you avoid the danger of being exposed to a tafiun.

Climate table

Month Average number of rainy days Mean maximum temperatures in (°C) Mean minimum temperatures in (°C)
January 1-3 28-30 23-25
February 1-3 28-30 23-25
March 0-2 28-30 23-25
April 0 28-30 23-25
May 1-3 28-30 23-25
June 0 28-30 22-24
July 0-2 28-30 22-24
August 0 29-31 22-24
September 0 28-30 22-24
October 1-3 29-31 22-24
November 5-7 28-30 22-24
December 7-9 28-30 23-25

Northern Mariana Islands: Legend

It is reported that Tago, king of the Chomorro, jumped over from neighboring Guam and established his kingdom on Rota. He condemned the population to work in his quarry to carve the foundation stones of his royal houses from the limestone.

Northern Mariana Islands: Places of Interest

UNESCO World Heritage Site

There are currently no UNESO world cultural or natural heritage sites on the Northern Mariana Islands. At the moment there are no proposals for inclusion in the UNESCO World Heritage List for the Northern Mariana Islands.


There are often spots with latte stones on the islands. However, these remains of the Chomorro culture have suffered immense destruction through the establishment of military bases and through fighting.

Latte stones

The stones are remnants of the Chomorro culture. It is believed that the stones are the foundation piles of men’s houses. The latte stones stand in the landscape like mushrooms, they are made of either coral or limestone and can be up to 6 m high.

There are also latte stones on Guam, which belongs to the Marianas in terms of culture and geology.

As in the rest of the Pacific, the Chomorro culture knew no metal and therefore only had stone tools at its disposal. It is believed that the limestone blanks were heated with fire and then worked on with basalt stone tools.

There were three types of houses: apartment houses, small cook houses, and meeting houses. The largest house was built in the center of the village.

Taga House on Tinian Island in San Jose

The house was approximately 6.4 mx 19.6 m.

The latte stones, mushroom-shaped foundation stones 1.5 m in diameter and 4.5 m high, of the house of Taga, who was king of the Chomorro. The location is on the US Register of Historic Places.

Tachognya on Tinian

The place is also called the Blue Site. Today there are still the remains of 10 latte houses.

Taga quarry

This is also called As Nieves quarry: In this quarry there are still nine stone shafts and seven beeheads. It is approx. 37 mx 55 m in size.

Latte stones in Songsong on Rota

Latte stones in Mochong on the north Rota coast.

Historical sights

North Field

North Field on Tinian Island. Here the Americans took off the Enola aircraft on August 6, 1945, which carried the bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima. The bomb was named “Little Boy”. Three days later, on August 9, 1945, they launched the “Fat Man” bomb, which they dropped on Nagasaki.

You can still see the atomic bomb storage pits.


Sucide Cliff and Banzai Cliff

Sucide Cliff and Banzai Cliff on Saipan Islands. Many Japanese civilians, including entire families, fell to their deaths off the two cliffs for fear of the Americans.

Natural beauties

Rota Island

This island was largely spared from the Americanization of the rest of the islands.

Tropical Zoo

Tropical Zoo east of Songsong on Rota. Here you can see giant coconut crabs, fruit bats and iguanans.


Diving and Snorkeling

There are a number of good diving and snorkeling spots on the islands. Particularly noteworthy is “the Grotto” on Saipan. Due to the fighting in World War II, you can discover numerous shipwrecks in addition to the interesting marine fauna and flora. B. on Tinian the Dump Coke, which was a garbage dump for military equipment of the 2nd World War.

The visibility in the water around Rota is on average 30 m. Caves, wrecks and tunnels await the diver here.

Teteto Beach on Rota is good for snorkeling.

Windsurfing, sailing, kayaking

Saipan, especially Mico Beach, is great for windsurfing. You can also go kayaking and sailing. There are various rental companies for the necessary equipment.


There are a number of hiking trails on the islands.

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