Sunday, February 19, 2006

Last Friday(17th feb) was our Parish Family Day.. A day for fun and frolic, lot of activities like games , food stalls, thrift shops, etc .... its the day all our parish groups and communities gather together and enjoy .. There was active participation from all of the communities...our parish is a multicultural one.. we have parishioners who are from India, Pakistan, Philippines, Srilanka, Lebanon, Egypt, France, ..etc.. and as everyone knows, from India itself there are different communities.. Malayalam, Konkani, Tamil, Bengali, ...etc. so when all of these communities put up their stalls ..it gives a multi cultural experience for everyone. a small UN i would say.. i think there was around 60 - 70 stalls.. the diversity was clearly reflected in the food stalls ...i don’t think there wont be a place where u will get superb traditional food varieties in a single location.. there was Kerala food, Goan food, Tamil specials, Bengali food, Philippine dishes, Arabic ..etc etc.. actually i couldn’t spell some of the names(food) which was shown in the food item list in the stalls...

Malayalam community put up two stalls ..one was food and another "lucky dip" ..in our food stall we had our "kappa+meen" , "porkcurry", "chickencurry", "beef ularthiyathu", "iddli smabhar", "palappam with chicken" etc ...i tried beefcurry. .and coudnt taste the otherones as i was very busy helping in the luck dip stall. it was the Malayalam youth who was in charge of the malayalam lucky dip stall... and from what i know (not confirmed), its the Malayalam community lucky dip stall which had the highest collection...our collection for the day was 750 BD..(around 1 lakh Indian rupees). ..actually we had to work hard to attract people to our stall ....our prizes were the best.. 1st prize was DVD hometheatre system, 2nd prize a 29 inch color TV, 3rd prize microwave oven, 4th and 5th prize DVD players....and there was around 1000 small gifts including glass and ceramic plates, toys, small radios etc etc... but as there was a big competition from other lucky dip stalls we had to really work hard to attract people to out lucky dip stall...but we all really enjoyed it..

it was a nice day... a day for all parishioners to come together and have fun, ..enjoy ......am sure anyone who was there will have left the premises with a sense of unity in diversity.

Am attaching some photos i took that day...





4 Comments:

  1. Alexis Leon said...
    Looks like you had a blast. Nice pictures.
    KESI said...
    came across your page from tarun's...
    ""palappam with chicken"...i have a craving for it now...yum!
    divas!!! said...
    awesome pics .... all chinks (chineese) seems enjoying the fun dont u think they always look for indian fest to feed themselves :P
    checking these pics made me miss india more :((
    cheers !!!!
    Angelo Embuldeniya (Strav) said...
    I seriously doubt they're chinese ;-)

    Probably the Filipino community having fun :) Right Monu?

    I think this is the second year I've missed family day fair :-) But it's nothing like the good times with Papa Lester :-D

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