Mangaluru, Dec 6: St Francis Xavier Church Bejai organized ‘Bejai Fiesta 2023’ on the occasion of the feast of its Patron St Francis Xavier on December 3 at Lourdes Central School grounds.
The event was inaugurated by the Bejai parish priest Fr J B Saldanha. In his message to the parishioners said taht activities like this are community building ones and requested the parishioners to participate and enjoy the events of the evening to increase the joy of the feast. Fr Suraj Lobo, assistant Parish priest of Bejai, Fr Robert D’Souza, principal, Lourdes Central School, Fr Vincent Sequeira, director of Pastoral Centre, Bajjodi, Fr Leston Lobo, Jesuit priest, Ashok Pinto, vice president of PPP, Avitha Pinto secretary of PPP, Godwin Pinto coordinator of 21 commissions, and Sr Sevrine Crasta, superior of St Angela Convent were the other guests on the dais.
Food stalls like pizza, burgers, shawarma, potato twister, sweet corn, charmuri, chinese, juice counters like sugar cane, goli soda, soda sarbath, mocktails, avil milk, icecream were available. Housie-Housie games were played. Amusement for the children like jumping jack, slider and balloon stalls and many games stalls were set up.
To bring out the local talents of the parish, a musical nite was arranged under the leadership of Daijiworld fame Music director Sanjay Rodrigues.
During the show, 20 songs in Konkani, composed by famous Konkani composers were sung, two instrumental songs were played by the parish youth, two dances choreographed by Anusha Pinto were performed.
Magic show by Baba Joshua and a comedy skit by the famous comedian Dolla were the star attractions.
Lucky draws for the scooter and an Android mobile phone were held.
Group songs sung by the nuns of St Angela Convent and the priests of Bejai C]church were the attractions and appreciated by the crowd.
Around 2000 parishioners witnessed the event compered by the parishioner MC Roshal Fernandes.
At the end live Baila was played by the musicians.
Behind the scene, volunteers Aaron Nazareth, Rohan D’Souza, Lovet D’Souza, Victor Serrao, Wilson Lobo joined the organizers in making the event a success.