December has begun with its trademark blend of fun and festivity.
To start off the holiday season, the D'Assisi Ex-students Charitable Association (DECA), in association with Hindustan Times, organised the annual Euphoria Nite on the grounds of the St Francis D'Assisi High School on December 9 and 10.
Coinciding with the feast of the Immaculate Conception Church, Borivli, the festival – now in its 11th year – has become a highly anticipated event, drawing large crowds from across the city. Saturday's curtain-raiser featured DJ Ryan, one of Mumbai's top music spinners, while DJ Vivek and DJ Praveen kept the party going on Sunday.
"This festival is like a pilgrimage, we come here religiously," joked DJ Vivek, winner of the War of the DJs, 2002, who has been playing at Euphoria Nite for four years. For those who preferred to sit back and relax, DECA organised a housie special.
The proceeds from events organised by DECA go towards funding the 140 orphans in the school orphanage, among other charitable causes. The organisation boasts 450 members and even has a first division football team made up entirely of past pupils.
"Euphoria Nite is like a reunion of all the past pupils," says MP Nicholson a marketing manager and proud member of DECA. "We are happy to give something back to our alma mater."
A funfair was also organised by Hindustan Times at Prathamesh Complex, Veera Desai Road, on December 9 and 10, to promote community development.
There were hundreds of people gathered at the event, playing games like basketball and mini-golf.
"As of now, something new has been started by a media company. In media we don't really see all this, but it is a good start from HT and is also giving our family some good time to spend together," said local resident Vishal Dahake.
Added Suman (16): "We were looking for noise and activity and this fun fair has definitely given it to us. We are enjoying the games and hope we have such events again and again. This funfair is a total stress-buster."