Bengaluru, Mar 2: Bosco Youth of the zone, organized ‘Snehotsava: A Festival of Friendship’ as part of the zonal convention held at Don Bosco Church, Lingarajapuram here on March 1. It was an event meant to create awareness of relationships among young people.
Fr Joe Kokandathil SDB was the chief resource person for the day. Over 120 Bosco youth from six Bosco youth units of the Bengaluru zone participated in the programme. At least ten Salesians (priests and brothers) and two Salesian Sisters were present for the event. "Snehotsava was, indeed, a rejuvenating experience for our young people after a year-long gap due to the pandemic and other related issues," said Fr Aloysius, parish priest of Don Bosco Church. Snehotsava had the special privilege of being visited by Fr Biju Michael SDB, the regional of South Asia and Fr Robert Simon, the national coordinator for Don Bosco Youth Services.
Snehotsava began with a formal inauguration ceremony. Fr Aloysious, also the rector of Don Bosco Church, was the chief guest. In his presidential address he spoke to the young people about the need for authentic and true relationships.
Fr Joe began the morning session with mindfulness meditation and went through a series of practical exercises and helped the youth to deal with their emotions. The youth really enjoyed those exercises, they said. In the afternoon, Fr Joe spoke on relationship, especially cautioning the young people on the various blocks and obstacles that may prevent true and authentic relationships.
A panel discussion was held after the sessions were over and the youngsters were given an opportunity to speak about their perspectives on parent-child relationships, relationships among friends and relationships between a boy and a girl. Fr Previnth SDB and Sr Alice Chacko FMA spoke on one’s relationship with God and relationship in religious life respectively. Monica Sagayaraj, a couple from Don Bosco Church, here, was invited to talk on the bond of love between them. After each of them spoke, the floor was open for questions and clarifications. The young people asked some relevant questions and the discussion truly became a time of great learning.
Snehotsava had a moment of blessing when Fr Biju Michael SDB and Fr Robert Simon, paid a visit. They were welcomed by the youth with friendship bands. Snehotsava was the first youth gathering that Fr Biju Michael attended after he took over as the regional of South Asia, which once again made the province of Bengaluru very proud. In his talk, he spoke on love and friendship from the Biblical point of view and stated that friendship is one of the highest forms of love. Fr Robert Simon reminded the Bosco youth that they were part of a global youth movement, invited the participants to retain their identity as Salesian youth wherever they might be.
Snehotsava concluded with a vote of thanks by Fr William D’Souza SDB, the regional director of Bosco youth, Karnataka.