Welcoming 2023 in Kuujjuaq

Community greets the new year with a night of games, dancing

In classic square dancing fashion on New Year’s Eve in Kuujjuaq, people gathered, dressed up ready for a challenge, because it sure is one. The task is to dance until the music stops, which on most nights would be after a half-hour to an hour. Many times, the accordion player would pause to wipe the sweat off her face and the dancers would leave the dance floor covered in sweat, but bearing a big smile. (Photo by Cedric Gallant, special to Nunatsiaq News)

By Nunatsiaq News

  • In one challenging activity at Kuujjuaq’s New Year’s Eve celebration, a glove was attached to the end of a fishing bait. The fishing rods connected to the gloved lines were lined up, ready to be picked up by a challenger who'd been lucky at the dice game. The challenge is simple: using only the rod adorned by the glove, try to fish for money that’s left lying on the ground. (Photo by Cedric Gallant, special to Nunatsiaq News)
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