KOLKATA, (C.M. Paul) — Three youth movements of Kolkata have formed a consortium along with a host of student bodies, alumni associations and Non Government Organisations to celebrate Christmas Fiesta 2012 – a two day event on 15th & 16th December at St Xavier’s Collegiate School Kolkata.
“A first of its kind fiesta, it involves two fun filed days of healthy competition among 25 of the best schools and colleges, in various events as well as stage shows and guest performances,” says president of the Indian Catholic Youth Movement (ICYM) Kolkata Albert Sanjoy Gomes.
The ICYM director Fr Gnana Peppin adds, “apart from the expected student audiences, we are inviting the residents of the Old-Age Homes, Orphanages and Homes for street children to spread the Christmas cheer.”
“I think that this endeavour of our youth to share the joy of the season with the less fortunate and the forgotten deserves our every support,” says Archbishop Thomas D’Souza of Kolkata endorsing their efforts.
In an appeal sent out soliciting participation, donation, sponsorship, and advertising for the event the archbishop adds, “I would earnestly urge you to support this noble initiative in any way possible – cash, kind, effort and prayers.”
On the sidelines of the fiesta is planned Christmas Carnival with food and games stalls and Santa Claus in attendance.
A Christmas Bazaar will provide NGOs working with the differently-abled, marginalised and vulnerable groups, to showcase and sell their wares like greeting cards, candles, Christmas decorations, cakes, handicrafts, as well as food items.
The core group of organisers includes youth groups ICYM, YCS (Young Christian Students) and LTS (Leadership Training Service).
On the evening of Christmas (25th Dec at 5.00 pm) youth groups from Auxilium and Christ the King parishes along with Don Bosco and Queen of the Missions Schools will present “The Miracle of Christmas” an open air event in the Park Circus maidan.
The three hour programme, like the one held last year in the same venue, will feature multilingual choirs, and Christmas pageant. This year, after the Christmas message by Abp Thomas D’Souza, Baul Samrat Sanajit Mondol will render Christmas story in folk music.