In Saipan, the Niño is considered incomplete without a gown. I remember buying a few more niños for our parish, and the people wouldn't even think of using them until gowns were sewed for them.
In Guam, gowns are not sewn for the Niño.
But they both use
THE MA NGINGE' NIÑO IN SAIPAN IS ON A WHOLE DIFFERENT LEVEL
- In Saipan, people will not leave the house until the Niño comes. If a team misses a house, that house will usually call the church to complain or to remind them.
- When the Niño comes to the house, people don't stand at the door and fan nginge'. The head of the house takes the Niño in hand (including the crib) and places it on an altar or table inside the house. The family kneels and says prayers, then fan nginge'.
- If a party is going on at the house when the Niño arrives, the music and noisy talk stop until the Niño leaves.
- Caroling has to be a part of every Niño team.
- People are very generous. I knew of some parishes that paid the year's insurance premium just from the donations collected from the ma nginge' Niño.
- One can safely say that the entire island is visited by the Niño.