UK Konkans Celebrates Christmas with Pomp and Fervour
By: Team UK Konkans | Pics: Team UK Konkans
19 December, 2010: Whilst the UK froze under the thick blanket of snow and most of the country remained indoors, some wisely deciding not to venture out due to the unprecedented snow seen for nearly 20 years and others attributing this to their vehicles either being damaged or being forced to be abandoned, unable to drive in the slippery dangerous road conditions.

It was a catch22 situation for UK Konkans; undecided on whether or not to cancel the much anticipated Christmas programme. But, brave you may term them, many supportive Mangaloreans who hardly find an occasion to meet their friends and relatives thought, what a famous actor/director once said – “the show must go on”. Despite all adversities, many Mangaloreans made it to the Addlestone Community Centre.

Erica D’Souza, president of UK Konkans welcomed the guests. The programme started with carol singing and prayers from Fr Vinod (SJ).

It was a perfect setting for Santa Clause to enter the hall with the ‘Dashing through the Snow played by Elton and Elroy D’Souza. Kids were treated with nice goodies and sweets.

Young Tia D’Souza entertained the crowd with her beautiful dances. Irene Lobo Meher gave wonderful bollywood dance performances.

While Estella Vaz and Praveen D’Costa performed a skit, Melwyn Vaz and Praveen D’Costa entertained the crowd with the short comedy play “Katanth Podon Mor” written by Austin D’Souza Prabhu.

Fr Manoj (SJ) said grace before the meals. The crowd was treated with the Punjabi Cuisine and home made Mangalorean Pork Masala.Tom and Beena lead the ‘Laudate’ after the meals as per Mangalorean tradition.Tom D’Souza, secretary of UK Konkans proposed the vote of thanks for all the people who contributed for the success of the programme. Special note of thanks was made to Mr Richard and Mrs Christine Lobo for sponsoring adult and kids’ prizes.

Melwyn Vaz provided music for the event and the multi-talented and vibrant Br.Jerry Dias (SJ) compered the programme.

The event ended with every one dancing to the traditional Mangalorean Baila.
Viewer Comments
Jerri Melwin Dias on 21 January 2011 18:48:07 GMT

Well done, I really enjoyed being with you all. I wish we continue to be together and celebrate life. thanks again everyone. There is an abundance of talents indeed and I witnessed it on that day at Adlestone.

And of course great and delicious meal indeed.

Antony on 28 December 2010 14:19:46 GMT

This time the arrangements look grander compared to previous years. Nice to see so many known people performing, dancing and enjoying the white Christmas. Good show.

Gratian D'silva & family on 27 December 2010 11:34:13 GMT

Well done guys!!!!!!!!!! very nice pics... great job..

UK Konkans Celebrates Christmas with Pomp and Fervour

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