Mumbai ‘Christmas Carol Carnival’ to Highlight Religious Harmony

Mumbai  ‘Christmas Carol Carnival’ to Highlight Religious Harmony

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Mumbai, Dec 4: For the first time ever, St Joseph Church, Mira Road will organize the ‘Mira-Bhayander Christmas Carol Carnival’ on a large scale this year. The event will be held from Saturday December 18 to Monday December 20.

A similar event was organized 20 years ago on a smaller scale.  St Joseph Church wants to celebrate the birth of Jesus with people of different faiths this year.

Mira-Bhayander is one of the fastest growing townships in India with a population of more than 12 lac. The bustling suburb boasts of the single largest church parish in the Archdiocese of Mumbai (Metropolitan Area) with approximately 5500 Catholic families.

Spearheading the show is Fr Dominic Vas with the active assistance of the vibrant Mira-Bhayander Christmas Carol Carnival Committee (MBCCC).

The carnival promises elegance with exuberance. This event is being specially held to spread the message of peace to all people through music, songs, and dance. It is aimed at children, youth, and adults alike and will cover a population of over 1.2 million. The event will be held on all three days between 6:00 pm and 10:00 pm in Mira-Bhayander area.

The carnival float will be led by a Santa Claus chariot followed by three trucks with a ‘Live Crib (enactment of the Nativity scene)’, speakers of 15,000 watts, choir singers, band, dancers, and Pom-Pom girls. Along with them will be hundreds of church youth dancing and singing energetically.

The floats will go on various routes and will halt and perform at main spots like Maxus Mall, Golden Nest Junction, Shiver Garden, Cinemax Theatre, GCC club, Jangid Junction, Shanti Park, Mira-road Station, Jama Masjid, Shrusti, Royal College, Poonam Sagar Complex and others.

This event is being held to show that the people of Mira-Bhayander are united and always co-operate to help each other grow. 

This event will also lead the people of Mira-Bhayander to once again come for an inter-religious dialogue which will be held on January 16, 2011 on the St Joseph Church campus.


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  • Maria Fernandes, Mira Road

    Mon, Dec 20 2010

    Its as beautiful concept of making known the coming of christ all who would like to know and believe in Christ...I am very happy to know and proud to be a part of St Josephs Parish - the most Dynamic and Vibrant Parish..Thanks to Rev Fr Dominic Vas for this revolution of spreading the good news in this way

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  • florine, mumbai

    Tue, Dec 07 2010

    Wishing every success to the organisers of carnival float led by Santa claus with live club teams giving peace and harmony message of Christmas.
    Best wishes florine

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  • Louis D'Souza, Udupi/Kuwait

    Mon, Dec 06 2010

    In 1988 when I shifted to Mira Road there where hardly 10 to 15 fly’s. Fr. Michael Kamath (exactly behind the Bishop in 3rd snap) was the founder n Parish Priest. We used have mass in a flat later we built a small chapel, present church is huge n beautiful. I used work hand in hand with Fr. Michael till 1992 then left for Kuwait. Now may be there are 25,000 above Catholics from all parts of Bombay. God bless Mira road Parish, wish them all the best. Can’t forget Mira Road.

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  • Daniel, Belthangady

    Sun, Dec 05 2010


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  • John, Mira Road

    Sat, Dec 04 2010

    Dear Sir, what is the relevance of the Decenniel celebrations of the Church with the Christmas Carol singing? I do not find any connection with the old photos linking them to the forthcoming event on 18th December? Are all these leaders of other religions going to participate in Christmas Carol singing? I think the photos are misplaced or they are out of place for this news. Probably they could not find any photos of the Christmas event? Just comment. John Crasta

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  • Thomas Valder, Bahrain

    Sat, Dec 04 2010

    Congratulation Fr. Dominic. Spread the message of peace and harmony during this festive season. "Peace is what we wish to share and let peace reign in every heart forever and ever". All the best.

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  • A.S.Mathew, U.S.A.

    Sat, Dec 04 2010

    There is no other time like the
    month of December when the birth
    of Jesus Christ, the "PRINCE OF
    PEACE" is celebrated all over the
    world. He can bring peace and
    unity between the neighbours,
    and nations above all bring peace
    and harmony in our personal lives.
    The peace and joy we get through
    Him is different than all other
    happiness we can experience.

    So happy to see the picture of
    a joint celebration of Christmas
    by believers of all religions.
    "MERRY CHRISTMAS" to you all.

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  • Fredrick Correa, Nairobi, Kenya

    Sat, Dec 04 2010

    Please enlighten me. If the function starts on 18th December, what is the above event?

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    Sat, Dec 04 2010

    It is not appropriate to append a Christmas carol singing festival as a "carnival". "Carnival" has a altogether different historical connotation.

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  • Beryl Lobo, Mira Road

    Sat, Dec 04 2010

    Hi Mira Road - St Joseph's Church Youth and all involved, All the best for the success of this event. Thank you Fr. Dominic for initiating this show.

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