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    Posted December 23, 2010 by
    Mangalore, India
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    Hi all, I hope you are on top gear of Christmas celebrations.. by the way I just returned from my native village but before departing back to Mumbai I ensured to get some video shots of local Priests to know how Christmas is celebrated  in villages and small cities.Here we go :


    Pic 1: Fr. Walter D'Mello, Parish Priest of Milagres Church, Mangalore a port city in the south-west India in the state of Karnataka with history of Christianity since 16th century.  He was kind enough to concede my request for  interview since he was about to move out for Christmas related work and I had walked in without appointment. Thanks Father. He said that there is another church in Mangalore which is over 350 years old.

    File no.2 (video) An  interview with Fr. D'Mello to know how Christmas is celebrated this year in Mangalore contrary to what has been reported in iReport on 12-day prior to Christmas. YES he has specifically conveyed his message of peace and universal harmony to all the living being on the planet.

    File.3: Snap shot by me of Milagres Church in Mangalore and prominent landmark, built in 1910-11 hence it is celebrating its centenary this year. This church was built and  rebuilt almost every century beginning in 1680.

    File no.4: the Christmas decoration buying mood just outside the Milagres Church

    File no.5: the Church head carrying out a mass at the time of my interview.

    File no.6 ; External view of the Church showing low profile decoration no pomp like big cities in the world

    File no.7: Some special mass in local Konkani language in progress.

    File  no.8: Fr. Andrew D'Souza, Parish Priest of Mudipu Church, (file no.9) in  a village some 20 km interior and remote place from Mangalore city. Mudipu is a village centre of Kurnad village, my native place. There are couple of other churches in  different  villages surrounding  this  place. I spoke to him over phone just to know how Christmas is celebrated in a remote place like Mudipu. He said: "We do not  celebrate Christmas through out night and day.. on 24th morning and evening, 25th morning and evening (7.30 am  and 1930  hrs) there  would be mass, followed by prayers, sweet and cake distribution on 25th with light normal decorations with about 800 people to be gathered. We cannot afford to decorate or celebrate Christmas like in big cities with pomp since in remote places people are in middle class with no fancy incomes. Besides we cannot afford to celebrate Christmas after 1930 or  20 hours as people  who come to Church stay far away with no transport facilities and even  stay far from  the interior   roads and they have to walk all the way hence the celebrations  get over by 1930  hours. And on 26th there would be again post Christmas celebrations. Some times we also  invite  other community people as a goodwill."

    Meanwhile  I got some bite from his assistant Felix D'Souza to  know the glimpses of Christmas celebrations. He too in  a local Kannada language told me  about the same saying that Christmas is celebrated with normal speed and  normal passion keeping the original  spirit of the very Christmas celebration, the  birth day of Jesus Christ..

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