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Forum organises street drama about Christmas, in Vakola

On Friday evening, Xavier Rodrigues, 32, a Vakola resident, replaced his chef's hat with a golden crown.

mumbai Updated: Dec 24, 2011 02:00 IST
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On Friday evening, Xavier Rodrigues, 32, a Vakola resident, replaced his chef's hat with a golden crown.

Riding a horse and singing the Christmas carol, 'We Three Kings', Rodrigues, who works as a chef in a local restaurant, played the role of one of the three wise kings in the 'Christmas Drama on the Streets' organised by the Catholic Secular Forum (CSF).

The drama was staged as part of an awareness drive organised by CSF to talk about the "commercialisation" of Christmas in today's times.

"A majority of us are unaware of the real story behind Christmas. Today, children assume that Christmas is only about Santa Claus and Christmas trees," said Rodrigues. "By recreating the scene in Bethlehem on the streets of Vakola, we are hoping to explain the significance of Christmas," he added.

"Even Santa Claus was actually Saint Nicholas, the bishop of Myra (Turkey), who helped the poor. Santa Claus has now become a figure of pop culture," said Rochelle Dias, 20, a management student, who played Mother Mary in the drama.

With a custom-made sleigh for Santa Claus, three horses for the wise kings and more than five hundred people on the streets, traffic came to a halt in the area as Christians, carrying banners against the "commercialisation of Christmas" walked from St Anthony's Church to Kalina.

"Earlier, my son only knew that Christmas was the day Jesus Christ was born. However, it was only after watching the live enactment of the entire scene, did he know about Mother Mary, Joseph and the shining star," said Margaret Fernandes, a homemaker, who accompanied her son, David, 10, for the march.