Monday, January 24, 2022

It’s Christmas time in the village

Villagers eager to celebrate Christmas after another pandemic year deck the halls and observe much-loved traditions.

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Villager Marie Theisera touches a pot of poinsettias, a traditional Christmas flower which she keeps blooming in her home in the settlement.

Marie and her brother Martin prepare cakes and cookies to be enjoyed during the Christmas season.

Sugee cake is a must-have for Christmas celebrations in the Portuguese settlement.

Martin places a silver star at the top of the Christmas tree.

Nativity scenes or creches are another traditional part of Christmas celebrations.

Even normal trees are hung about with baubles and bells.

A villager parks his motorcycle outside his house which is lit up with lights and other Christmas decorations.

Another villager dressed up as Santa Claus walks through the neighbourhood as he heads to the Portuguese Square where the children’s carolling performance will be held.

Excited children take their places on a worn cement stage.

Another group performs a socially distanced dance as Santa conducts.

After the performance, the children accompanied by Santa go around handing out sweets to the customers seated at the open-air food stalls.

Santa poses for a picture with a young child.

Carollers sing Christmas songs at the foot of the Christ the Redeemer statue.

People gather to watch the children’s performance.

Children play with firecrackers under their father’s watchful eye.

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