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Issue No. 0889
January 16 - 22, 2016


Carols by Candlelight at the Arusha Institute

By Urmi de Baghel

The tradition of carol singing dates back to thousands of years ago. They were originally pagan songs sung at the Winter Solstice celebration. Winter Solstice (Deccember 22) is the longest day in winter. The word carol means a song of praise or joy! Before carol singing became popular, there were sometimes official carol singers called Waits. They were named so because they sang only on Christmas Eve when people were waiting for Christmas. It stems from the popular myth that the shepherds were waiting when the angels appeared before them. Gradually, many choirs and orchestras were set up in the different cities of England as people wanted to sing Christmas songs and so Carols became popular part of the festivities. One of the most popular type of Carol services is Carols by Candlelight.

The Arusha Institute organized an evening of carol singing by candlelight In
December as a build up to Christmas.

The Arusha Institute organized an evening of carol singing by candlelight In December  as a build up to Christmas. The medley included popular songs like Jingle Bells, Silent Night, We wish you a Merry Christmas, Santa Claus is coming to town, Mary's boy child, Joy to the World and others. Edgar Fernandes, the maestro on the guitar was just superb in his back up support to the singers. Romano and Maria Fernandes put the show together. Kenneth Travas, noted local musician of yesteryears charmed everyone by his solo performance. Ray and Susan Travas hosted the event and Ronaldino Correia was a pleasant surprise as Santa. Santa pleased everyone with his endless supply of goodies and candies.

The celebration was in elegant style with the entire red décor reflecting the Christmas flavor. The singers were all clad in red and so were the members of the audience. The evocative candle lit style setting provided the perfect backdrop for this fantastic evening. Refreshments with the Christmas theme made it exciting for all the young audience who loved the savory sandwiches, cookies, cake and a steaming cup of hot chocolate. This evening was a perfect start to the holidays and you just can't beat a sing along to get you in the mood for the coming festivities.



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