KERALA

Christmas celebrated at orphanage



Staff Reporter

Thiruvananthapuram: Children of the Ananda Nilayam Orphanage and Widows Home celebrated Christmas with pomp and gaiety. Nearly 50 of the inmates welcomed the festival by making a "crib" to commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ.

The children decorated the orphanage with Christmas trees, balloons, stars, festoons and ribbons of different colours and shape. They also staged a cultural programme, with one of the organisers dressed up as Santa Claus.

The "Christmas Father" entertained children by distributing sweets and dancing to the tunes of the famed "Jingle Bells". The "Santa Claus" also presided over a lucky dip draw organised for the children.

Sister Pavana of the St. John's Urban Health Centre inaugurated the Christmas celebrations. Brother Peter Vazhaparambil, member of the Orphanage Board of Control, delivered the Christmas message.

B. Indira Devi, director, Ananda Nilayam, presided over the function. Orphanage secretary Kuriyathi Sasi and K. Mahadevan, former leader of the Kshema Social Circle, State Bank of Travancore, were among those who spoke.

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