The purpose of this initial RFI activity, now closed, was to identify existing products, designs and technologies, as well as new design solutions that meet or approximate the requirements described by the HAAPS Consortium.
The Ohio Aerospace Institute in Cleveland, Ohio, has been selected by the members as the Managing Entity and Administrator for the HAAPS Consortium.
According to custom, every Haap turns a year older after Lomba, which means Lomba is the Haaps' common birthday.
A child born days before Lomba would be considered two years old after Lomba supporting the belief of Haaps counting nine months in a the womb as a year as well.
They all turn a year older after Lomba.' Besides being the New Year and birth year for the Haaps, people are seen cleaning every nook and corner of their houses, washing clothes and every member in the family takes a bath while some opt for menchu (hot stone bath).