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Spreading the Joy of Christmas

Spreading the Joy of Christmas

Caroling has always been part of traditional Goan Christmas celebrations. In the old days carollers would serenade through the neighbourhoods spreading the joy of the season as they go along. Keeping the custom of carol singing in public spaces alive, last year’s Carol Trotters that comprised of a group of friends returned with ‘Caroling for a Cause’.
This year the organisers decided to create the session to raise funds for a charitable cause. “Christmas is all about giving, reaching out to the needy and spreading smiles wherever you go,” says Nicole Suares. “We raised Rs 2000 through our first session and we will be organising a program for underprivileged children.”
John Lino D’Mello co organiser added, ‘We started off as a fun activity that would bring people together. The smiles on people’s faces when they see and hear about Christmas are magical.’
This year the group of 20 more carollers and musicians came in from Margao, Verna, Anjuna, Panjim and Divar. The session was held in front of the Immaculate Conception Church.
Cecundita Picardo who brought her kids Eshaan and Aanya along from Divar says that it offered her a wonderful opportunity to be part of the beautiful atmosphere in Panjim. “It’s hard to find a city like Panjim anywhere else, “she adds.
Also getting into the festive spirit Saroja Carvalho who brought her little girl Sara with her says, “The musical notes stirred up the feeling of Christmas and nostalgic memories in a very homely atmosphere with the very beautifully lit Panjim Church.”
Blaise Luis who joined the carollers from Ribandar, chimes ‘it’s beginning to feel like Christmas singing carols with the old and young and musicians with their instruments making it more fun that too for a good cause.’
“Happy souls brining a smile this Christmas” is what Vinette D’Souza says who joined the group this edition.
But the carollers weren’t the only ones beaming with Christmas spirit. The jam session brought musicians together as well.
Coincidently the members from the brass band who had assembled at the space to play post the novena service joined the carollers. Nixon Fernandes was on trumpet; Alden Fernandes who was part of last year’s edition came in with his guitar. John Lino and Andrew Ferrao kept everyone in tempo with their melodicas. Musician Andrew Ferrao who rode in from Verna says, “After returning from Mumbai, this gave me an opportunity to reconnect with the old traditions of carol singing after nearly 20 years. I had a great time playing my melodica with other musicians.

 

This article was first published on Herald Cafe on 6 Dec 2018

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