Christmas Around the World

MKCA Presents “Christmas Around the World”

Chicago, Dec 2: Christmas Around the World is a 66 years old tradition at the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry. It began in 1942 by decorating one Christmas tree by the representatives of 12 different countries. The ornaments represented the “icon” of each nation. It was the beginning of understanding how people celebrate Christmas around the world with different cultural background. This year there is a dazzling forest of trees from Austria to Wales, each depicting its unique cultural background through decorated ornaments. A new tree from Kenya joined the forest this year and perhaps a tree from Zambia must be on its way.

Mangalorean Konkan Christian Association (MKCA) has been participating in Christmas Around the World for the last five years. This year too MKCA presented great show by singing Christmas Carols in Konkani and performing various Indian dances. The function began by singing national anthem by Cystal Rodrigues who was applauded by the audience for her beautiful voice. MKCA president Stany D’Souza welcomed the audience. Rev. Fr. Richie Vaz delivered a Christmas message. In his message Fr. Vaz highlighted the international brotherhood through love and peace.

The Committee chairperson Austin Prabhu introduced the MKCA choir group headed by Dorothy Rego. The music was played by Daphnie Fernandes, Crystal Rodrigues, Alphonce Mascarenhas, Jesus and Son. A Nativity Tableau was presented on the stage by Jossie Mendonca as Joseph; Rose Mascarenhas as Mother Mary; Gail, Gwayne & Nikitha as Wisemen; Luella, Angel, Shawn & Joey as Shepherds; Samantha, Shannon, Jason, Jessica and Alannah as little Angels. The Nativity scene captured lot of attention from the audience.

Students from Mudra Dance Academy headed by its Director Mrs. Kshama Shah performed Indian classical dances highlighting four thousand years old Indian culture. The program was followed by a beautiful western dance by Melissa Fernandes. There was some contemporary touch to the function by performing Bollywood filmy dance by Crystal Rodrigues and Aisha. The entire program was showcasing the diversity of Indian culture. The MKCA president Stany D’Souza said, “The culture is something that one cannot take it away irrespective of one’s religious belief. We must retain what is ours and pass it on to our future generation.”

He also invited everyone to join the MKCA Christmas celebration to be held on December 15, 2007 at 8909 David Place, Des Plaines, IL 60016. The Holy Mass will be celebrated in Konkani. A traditional Mangalorean food will be served and “Kuswar” will be distributed to all the participants present. As always, Santa Claus will provide gifts to all the children present.

It looks like the spirit of Christmas is alive not only at the Museum of Science and Industry but also in the hearts of people of Austria to Zambia, who live in Chicago.