The Managing Committee of the Holy Cross Oratory and the Residents’ Welfare Association ALM worked in unison to decorate the many by lanes of Matharpacady Village with illuminative decorative symbols of stars, Christmas trees, hearts, hexagonal and triangular shaped illustrative lanterns fitted with mini loudspeakers. Our youth creatively put up the Crib in the Holy Cross Oratory, which was flanked just outside by a decorated live towering Christmas tree. Resident families spruced up their homes with fresh coats of paint, buntings, frenzied shopping, Church choir and other activity practices. Tantalising aromas of traditional food, baked goodies and delicacies wafted the air, making mouths drool in lip-smacking anticipation of festive visits to various aunties homes.
Children in droves flocked to the Christmas Tree Celebrations organised by Julius Valladares, Canute & Vera Monteiro and Avina D’Souza on Friday, 30th December 2016 in the village center. Tiny tots, kiddies and youth took part in innovative games and races shrieking in mirth and joy, cheered on by their doting parents and friends. Santa Claus arrived in his colourful sleigh drawn by Rudolph the Red nosed reindeer, amidst much merriment and singing, to gift prizes and goodies to all the participating children. This was an enchanted evening for all children and residents.
Families in Matharpacady pray and hope for a happy and peaceful year ahead for all their near and dear ones, the Parish Community, the Universal Church and India, our Motherland.
Compiled by Tyronne Concescio. Photographs courtesy – Stan Baptista
Note: More photographs of the Christmas Tree in Part Two