The outdoorsy Navi Mumbaikars who do not miss a chance to travel and enjoy, are gearing up for the Christmas holidays now. While the devout Christians are all set to go to their home town and celebrate the festival with their friends and family, non-Christians will be heading off to different places for pure fun and enjoyment.
Maysie do Rego, a resident of Vashi, always looks forward to this time when she can be with her family and friends in Goa and witness all the fun and fervour there. A Goan, Rego will be leaving with her family on December 23 to spend time in Goa for a week.
“Christmas is a grand affair in Goa and we do not miss it for anything. From attending the midnight mass to organising grand lunch and dinner parties and going to watch the Christmas dance, we do it all. My family consists 13 members and we make all the sweets and delicacies at home. From the traditional Christmas cake to sweets like bebinca, dodols and doce de grao, we not only make it for ourselves but also distribute it among neighbours who are non-Christians,” said an enthusiastic Rego.
In search of the true spirit of Christmas which is snow, many are also going to places like Gulmarg and Manali, that is bathed in white during this time.
“Interestingly, we have also got many bookings for Dubai, especially from Vashi. Compared to last year, there has been a 25% increase for bookings to Dubai. As for the domestic scene, most have booked for Kerala and also Andaman and Nicobar Islands,” said Chandan Mane, senior executive, marketing in Kesari Tours Pvt Ltd.
Kharghar resident Sonia Fernandes will be off to Kerala for a fortnight starting December 19.
“Most of our family members reside in Navi Mumbai and Mumbai, but during Christmas we all gather at our native place. In Kerala, the festive spirit is high during Christmas and in every street you will have a variety of Christmas-related activity going on; from carol singing to street plays.”
She added, “This year however, it will not only be a Christmas getaway but a proper vacation with all our family members as we have never been together for a fortnight.”
Koparkhairane resident Archana Shirke is excited to go to Dubai with her mother and daughter in just a few days. “Three of us from three different generations. Dubai is a shopaholic’s paradise and since my daughter and I love shopping, it is going to be a fun-filled trip, especially with the Dubai shopping festival coming up in January. It will be my mother’s first international trip and her joy knows no bounds. She chats about it with anyone and everyone.”
In search of the true spirit of Christmas which is snow, many are also going to places like Gulmarg and Manali, that is bathed in white during this time
Christmas is a grand affair in Goa and Goans do not miss it for anything. From attending the midnight mass to organising grand lunch and dinner parties and going to watch the Christmas dance, they do it all.