Chicago: The Mangalorean Konkan Christian Association (MKCA) celebrated its 17th annual Christmas Celebration at St. Hubert’s Church Hall at Hoffman Estates, Illinois. In Konkani language, it is popularly called as Nathal Fest, which celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ. Christmas is celebrated by all the Christians worldwide on December 25th.
There was general Holy Eucharist, celebrated by Fr. Mike Scherchel, where the MKCA members and guests attended. The Cultural program was initiated by the welcome note from the President of MKCA, Vissia D’Souza. In her welcome address, she introduced her Executive Committee to the audience and requested audience to come forward in organizing a new Executive Committee for the next two years. She thanked her committee, members and guests for their staunch support in the success of several annual programs. She thanked the Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Mike Scherchel and presented a check to him for his generosity in providing the venue. All the audience enjoyed the ethnic appetizers.
The past President of MKCA, Dr. Austin Prabhu asked the audience to come forward in forming a new executive committee. Members volunteered in forming an Executive Committee under the leadership of John Dias (incoming President). Following is new executive committee members: Vice President – Lancy D’Souza; Secretary –Patcy Lasrado and Joint Secretary – Roopa Misquita. The incoming President, John Dias in his acceptance remarks informed the audience that he will work hard in keeping up the Mangalorean culture through its unique programs and requested their support in the upcoming new year’s programs.
The compere of the program, Past President, Steven D’Souza conducted several group activities. Following were winners of the program: Novelty Ball winners (couple dance) Sal and Florine Rodrigues; Best Ethnic Dress winners: Roopa Misquita (female group) and Ethan Misquita (male group); Children’s Musical Chairs winners and Adult Musical Chairs with a Twist winners were also given prizes.
There was duet dance performed by the members of Soorya Dance Academy. All the audience thoroughly enjoyed their performance.
The members and children present sang Christmas Carols, under the leadership of Concy Mesquita. The grand entry of Santa Claus (Dr. Austin Prabhu) during the Carol of Jingle Bells, thrilled the young children present. The Santa Clause entertained the children presenting Christmas gifts. The audience present took pictures with Santa.
The program was culminated with sumptuous ethnic dinner. Under effective DJing by Queenie Mendonca, the audience enjoyed the dance to the tunes of Konkani, Hindi and Spanish songs.
Courtesy: Austin DSouza Prabhu