News: Merwyn Furtado
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Dubai, Sep 21: Vamanjooreans UAE, a profound community residing in Dubai, celebrated the birthday of the Virgin Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ on the occasion of the feast of the family ‘Monthi fest’.
As a family, the community members gathered on September 18 at Biryani 2020 restaurant, Oud Mehta here.
On this momentous day, Vamanjooreans celebrated the occasion with great respect towards Mother Mary by praising, singing hymns, offering flowers and there after drinking Novem in a traditional way. It was an inimitable opportunity for all to meet the fellow parishioners. The programme was initiated by praising Mother Mary with the hymn “Sakkad Sangatha Melyan” along with the offering of flowers in a procession.
Prayers were led by Joyline Pinto and team members Lavita, Preema, Elvira, Lydia, Flavin and Joel.
Emcee Sunita D’Souza made a fantastic job by asking some questions related to Vamanjoor history of the Catholic community. She engaged the audience in various games and other cultural activities.
Chief guest Fr Victor Fernandes gave inspiration and blessed the event. He also made the culture NOVEN JEVAN come alive along with the president Johnson Monteiro and other elderly personnel on the dais.
All were fascinated by a solo dance performance from Delisha and Jeenal. A group dance was performed by Roshan and Lenora. A wonderful group dance was performed by Clavia, Sandhya, Flavan, Jovita, Preema, Denzil, Lavita, Vinay, Lynal and Elvira. Joel Pinto and Sheetal D’Souza, smoothened the minds with their euphonious voices to listeners’ ears.
DJ and sound setup was arranged by DJ Errol.
The occasion dates back to the culture of having lunch with variety of food on a banana leaf. Vamanjooreans UAE had a wonderful lunch on banana leaves and the food was served by Das Prakash Restaurant Karama, Dubai.
The best traditional outfit award was claimed by Joel Pinto in the male category and Juliana in the female.
A quiz on the topic of Vamanjoor and history was conducted. The winner was Delton Miranda.
Popular game Housie Housie was conducted at the end of the programme and prizes were distributed for the winners.
A baila dance session was held for all Vamanjooreans to cherish the beautiful memories. The whole event was captured by Merwyn Furtado (Merclicks).
The entire event was formulated under the leadership of Johnson Monteiro and Stephan Menezes and other committee members.
The event was a splendid success as many Vamanjooreans were present.