by Amira Peter
KUWAIT, OCT 20, 2015: St Therese Parish in Kuwait held their parish fete, after eight months of meticulous planning on October 16.
The Parish Council along with 348 volunteers have been working hard- behind the scenes- to put together, their second Parish Fete.
Father Mathews, the Vicar General of the Northern Arabian Vicariate, declared the fete open. The indoor auditorium hosted cultural programmes by the various communities of the Parish – from skits to dances and sing-a-alongs to perfectly choreographed sound and light shows.
There were two jamm sessions that were extremely popular and virtually sold out. The compere's did a stellar job of keeping the audience engaged and entertained.
All through the programmmes, one couldn't ignore the aromas from the food court, where the parish's diverse culinary delights were located.
Lip smacking and delectable treats from India, Sri Lanka and the Philippines kept the visitors coming back for more. The day began with a breakfast cuisine which transformed into lunch-time meals and finally into tea-time snacks.
There was something for everyone including falooda and softy ice-creams for the young at heart! All the treats were sponsored by parishioners and well wishers.
There were also stalls managed by the Gods Love Community and the Faith & Light Community, offering some hand-made and creative items.
Photographers capture all the live action, which was instantly projected on the big screen for all to see.
For those who preferred some action, there were innovative games to test their skills and luck. It was really hilarious watching the young and old move from game to game –winning and losing, but never giving up.
The carnival with a cause had brought all the parishioners together. The funds were proposed towards the Bahrain Cathedral and everyone come out in full support. The stream of more than 3000 peaceful - yet lively - visitors throughout the day could not have expressed it better.
The grand finale was the much-awaited Raffle Draw. The crowd held their breath as the winners were picked and the prizes were announced. Father Blany Pinto thanked all the sponsors for their generous contributions; and the committee leaders and volunteers for their hard work and commitment. The programme concluded with a hymn to St Therese and to Our lady of Arabia and a final blessing by the Priests.