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Christmas and New Year Celebrations Around The World - 2007
 
Published Date: 13 Jan, 2008 (6:38 PM)
The Konkani speaking priests, nuns and lay people who are united under the banner of Konkani Kutam, Rome celebrated Christmas on Sunday, 13th January, 2008. Itís customary that the organization celebrates Christmas on the 2nd Sunday of January because of the busy schedule of priests and nuns during Christmas season.
"Gloria in Excelsius Deus" sang the magic in heaven and the echo of this beautiful messianic greeting resonated on earth, that too, with deep impact at the Carmel School on Friday, December 21. The Occasion? Christmas tree celebrations organized on a visibly
Mr. Denzil Fernandes the main organizer of "Dhamaal Ki Shaam" selected the perfect venue, Al Masah Ballroom - Sheraton Deira Hotel in Dubai to present the Grand New Years Eve Celebration. A large number of Indian expatriates residing in Dubai witnessed this scintillating and memorable night and welcomed the New Year 2008 in style.
Mangaloreans in Riyadh celebrated Nathalacho Dabazo on 27th December 2007. Arun Soz Palimar welcomed the guests followed by a prayer conducted by Maria Mathias. "Kutmacho Mog" a Konkani skit written by Jacintha Rego Kulsheker was staged by Bevan Mathias, Aron & Andria Saldanha.
Trust & tradition, Faith & festivities hand in hand, came alive for the Konkans residing in Abu Dhabi, on December 28, 2007 at 8.00 p.m. They gathered to celebrate and enhance the Spirit of Christmas at St Joseph's Church Hall, Abu Dhabi. The venue was perfect and the background with a very "Christmassy Theme" was stunningly decorated with an attractive crib, beautiful tree and lovely backdrop of red, green and gold.
"For it is in giving that we receive" this thought of St. Francis of Assisi, regarding poverty must have inspired Rev. Fr. John Fernandez and his team of like minded people, to hold the Christmas Love 2007 programme on 28th December, 2007 at the Holy Spirit Church, Ghala, Sultanate of Oman, to share the Christmas Love with the less fortunate. It is important to share the true spirit of Christmas through giving to others.
Mangaloreans living in Houston, USA, celebrated Christmas with gaiety and fanfare on the 24th December at the residence of Charles and Florine Pinto. The children enacted the scene of the birth of Christ. The nativity play was choreographed by Susan Fernandes and music was scored by Annrose Lobo. Everyone joined in the singing of carols in English and Konkani.
Keeping up its tradition, Birla Public School, Doha, Qatar celebrated Christmas on its campus with gaiety and colour. The celebrations, which got off to a melodic start with carols sung by teachers of the schoolís hostel on December 26, were marked by group and solo performances by the teachers. This was followed by more fun, as the non-teaching Filipino staff
The mammoth crib in St.Peter's Square, Vatican City draws the attention of thousands of believers and curious spectators every year. This year the crib at St.Peter's Square is prepared from a different perspective. At first sight the difference goes unnoticed, but an attentive look tells you the difference. Traditionally, Jesus was born in Bethlehem in a manger and this is pictured in every crib
Following phenomenal success of Joyeus Navidad 2006, the gorgeous ladies of AAK started off the Christmas season serenading with melodious carols in preparation to the much awaited Christmas celebration Joyeux Navidad 2007. AAK under the presidentship of Diany Coutinho, an ace organizer hosted the Christmas Ball on Christmas eve, 24th December soon after the night mass at Mubarakia BallRoom at Hotel Ramada Kuwait.
It is a tale of two cities when it comes to Christmas celebrations. Mangalore is known for its traditional Christmas celebrations living up to its reputation as the ĎRome of the Eastí While in Bangalore the Christmas takes more of a joyous celebrations under a metropolitan light. The joy of arrival of infant Jesus is celebrated in these two cities as a major celebration
Christmas atmosphere gripped the city as Mangaloreans ushered in Christmas with the singing of carols in the evening and midnight mass in all churches in and around Mangalore. Holy Mass was celebrated in all the churches across the city, decorated with festive lightings, Christmas trees, Stars, along with the Crib giving a testimony of the event that took place 2007 years ago
 "A fellowship meet was organized at the Bejai Parish hall on Sunday, December 23, 2007. The programme was inaugurated with lighting of the lamp by the guests. Shri Joseph Nazareth, Vice President of the Bejai Parish Pastoral Council welcomed the Gathering. Rev. Fr. Naveen Dsouza, in his introductory message told that Christ came to redeem his people
 "Long time ago in Bethlehem, so the holy Bible says, Maryís boy child Jesus Christ was born on Christmas day." With the spirit of Christmas the band of Mangalorean United Konkani Association (MUKA) organized Christmas carol on 16th and 23rd December in Nottingham and surrounding areas, covering Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Birmingham
 Shakespeare said "It takes all sorts to make a world" and it is true. The Holy Spirit Church, Ghala, is a testimony of this statement with Indian, Sri Lankan, Filipino, Bangladeshi/Pakistani, African and European/Western communities forming the total congregation. A parish, which celebrated its 20 glorious years, extending the spiritual
 The children at the Saanidhya Residential School and Training Centre for the Mentally Challenged at Bikarnakatte, had special guest this evening. The guest was none other than the Santa Claus who arrived with a bag of sweets from the North pole! The Christmas celebration at the special school was organized by the medical students from the city.
 The residents at the Little Sisters of the Poor, Home for the Aged, Bajjodi, celebrated Christmas here on Wednesday 19th 2007 at 4.30p.m. The evening programme began with Fr. Boniface, Chaplin by welcoming the gathering, followed by a prayer song "Yeye Jezu Amcha Somya" sung by the residents.
 Father Muller Medical College and Hospital organized a Christmas celebration programme for all the patients, staff and students of Father Muller Medical College Hospital. The gathering was welcomed by the Administrator of Father Muller Medical College and Hospital, Rev. Fr. Denis D'Sa, who greeted the crowd in all local languages stating that 'Christmas is a universal celebration of all languages'.
 Kids in motion (a Lebanese group) and Nane Dancers (an Armenian group) jointly fostered the Christmas spirit in Abu Dhabi at Fotouh Al Khair shopping mall, by organizing a musical dance and skit - "Christmas Joy" from 7.00 pm onwards. This musical event conveyed the true meaning of Christmas to the audience. It had two main characters or personalities in the skit namely, the good (Santa) trying to overcome the evil (Negative thinker).
 It was a "White Christmas" for the celebrants who came for the Nathal Fest celebration of Mangalorean Konkan Christians Association of Chicago. All day it started snowing and at the end of the day there was more than 8" of snow on the ground. Roads were slippery, and hundreds of flights were canceled and yet a good number of Mangaloreans gathered to celebrate Nathal Fest 2007.
 Goan Overseas Association (Goa Maroons) organized their annual Christmas Tree Party 'Lets Be Friends' at the Swiss-Belhotel Plaza (Kuwait City), on Friday the 7th of December 2007. With the seasonal spirit in mind, the packed gathering of over 250 guests enjoyed themselves from 11:30am until 7:30pm. Kuwait's leading band 'Stepping Stones' delighted the gathering with some soothing carols, sublime oldies and the latest chart busters.
 Christmas is a season for kindling the fire of hospitality, the flame of charity in our hearts, the spirit of love and forgiveness, of believing and sharing with family and friends. The Mangalorean Association of Canada (MAC) held its Family Christmas Tree on December 9, 2007 at the Tomken Twin Arena, Mississauga. This event gave our community a chance to come together in humble surroundings and family like ambience.
 St. Josephs Church Abu Dhabi kicked off the Christmas mood by organizing a fun filled event - Christmas Bazaar inside the church premises, on December 14th 2007 from 10.00 am onwards. This event was held under the patronage of H.E Bishop Paul Hinder and supported by Rev. Fr. Savarimutthu the parish priest of St. Josephs Church, Rev. Fr. Antony Lopez, priests, nuns and the various parish communities who worked hard and made this event a grand success.
 The Mangalorean Catholic Association of Victoria, Inc (MCAV) organised a family Christmas function - '2007 Christmas Dance' - on December 8th at Mount Waverley Youth Centre, about 20km from Melbourne CBD. The evening provided a great opportunity to members and their children to meet one another in a family setting. The attendees were entertained to a wide variety of activities normally associated with the festive season
 Come December and Mangalore comes alive with Christmas related activities that enjoyed by the entire city irrespective of its multi lingual and multi religious milieu. The first to arrive on the scene is the White Doves, a group involved in philanthropic activities which has completed 13 years in service. This group of Carolers has been sounding the arrival of Christmas.
 UK Konkans hosted yet another successful event 'Nathalaso Sambhram 2007' on 8 December 2007. The event began with UK Konkans' Office Bearers welcoming members and guests with the song 'Swagath Swagath SuSwaagath'.The main event of the evening was Santa who arrived with plomb and entertained the entire crowd, especially the children who were excited to see 'Christmas Papa' in person and give away goodies.
 Yes it's Christmas again, and all you see around you are decorated Christmas trees, Christmas Carols being sung and festivities everywhere. It was no different at the Holy Spirit Church Ghala too. The whole parish had come alive and the air was filled with joy and excitement of the children who had all gathered there to be a part of the Annual Christmas Party.
 Kuwait Pangla Association members celebrated their Christmas on 6th December at Village Inn hotel, Kuwait city at 9:00 pm. The program commenced with introduction of MC Walter DíSouza who welcomed the gathering. This was followed by opening prayer by Clara & group and cutting of the cake by the President Mr. Fredrick Quadras and members
 Kuwait Canara Welfare Association celebrated its annual event "KCWA Christmas Party 2007" with much grandeur in full house capacity at the Carmel School hall, Khaitan, Kuwait on 7th December. The event began at 2:30 pm with competitions for members and children. Christmas card, Christmas star and Christmas Tree decoration contests
 The Mangalorean Catholic Center of the Parish organized a Christmas party for the children of the community on 5th December 2007 at the Sts. Peter and Paul Church Ruwi hall. The MCCP President Mr. Stanley Fernandes and his enthusiastic committee were all there trying to create the right atmosphere so that it would be an evening the kids would remember
 It was an early start to the Christmas celebrations for Mangaloreans here in the Washington DC area with the much awaited event of the year. The "Christmas Gala - 2007" turned out to be a grand success on December 1, 2007 at the Long Branch Community Center, in Silver Spring, Maryland. The hall was beautifully decorated with festive decorations
 Christmas Around the World is a 66 years old tradition at the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry. It began in 1942 by decorating one Christmas tree by the representatives of 12 different countries. The ornaments represented the "icon" of each nation. It was the beginning of understanding how people celebrate Christmas around the world
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