Media Release

Salmiya, Sep 13: Bellevison Kuwait celebrated the feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary on September 8 in a hall near Salmiya with great devotion. Over 120 members took part in the celebration with lot of enthusiasm.

The traditional celebration commenced with the welcoming of audience and guests by Sonal Alva. The chief guest for the event was Agnel Saldana, president, United Mangaloreans Kuwait (UMK). Alban D'Souza, president, Shirva Welfare Association (SWAK) and Samson Noronha, president, Pambur Welfare Association was present.

The chief guest in his speech highlighted the importance of unity among the parishioners. Bellevison president Stany Martis addressing the gathering thanked each one for their presence and support, also acknowledged the efforts of all the committee members for organizing the event and called on the parishioners to support the cause of the organization and to further strengthen the group. The sponsors and the guest were honoured with flower bouquets.

Saritha Noronha and Albert Periera led the prayer. The statue of Infant Mary was showered with flowers amidst the singing of the traditional Konkani hymn ‘Sakkad Sangata Melyam’ and ‘Moriyyek Hogolsiyan’.

Well known compere Shawn Pereira took charge of the programme and kept the audience engaged in various games for different age groups. Spot games by the compere kept the crowd cheering and enthusiastic. Welcome dance by Hailey Pereira, solo singing by Swizel Martis, and group singing by Erica Alva, Edel Castelino, Aaron Alva, Reon Alva, Rovin Castelino and Jeswin D'cunha kept the crowd amused. An auction and a round of housie game was the main attraction of the event.

DJ Francis Pinto entertained the crowd with melodious music.

Marian Fernandes thanked each and everyone in his vote of thanks.

As per ritual, ‘novem’ followed with a traditional vegetarian meal and ‘vorn’ prepared by Royal Star Caterers.

The programme concluded with Laudate.

Sponsors for the event were Ronald Castelino, Albert Praveen Menezes, Leena Fernandis and Sonal Crasta. Flower arrangements were done by Franklin.