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Church choir keeping Christmas carolling alive

Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Members of the Eternal Life Presbyterian Church Choir perform traditional Christmas carols at the home of businessman Shazard Ali on Hill View Drive, Thick Village in Siparia Old Road. PHOTO: RISHI RAGOONATH

Carolling used to be a Christmas tradition with groups of children, led by adults, holding lighted candles, going door to door in the neighbourhood singing carols and hymns associated with the birth of Jesus.


Today, this tradition has become quite a rarity.


However, the T&T Guardian caught up with a small group of carollers at Thick Village, Siparia, on Wednesday night.


Esther Babwah, who has been observing this custom for the past 20 years, led choir members and children from the Sunday School of the Eternal Life Presbyterian Church in the door-to-door ritual.


Babwah said the group, comprising mainly women and children, refused to allow this great Christmas tradition to die. The community is relatively safe, she said, and parents feel comfortable about sending their children 




“We go carolling every year around the Siparia Old Road, Thick Village, because we want the children in the Sunday School to grow up with this tradition. It is a vital part of the holidays. 


Carolling tells the Christmas story of the nativity, the birth of Jesus Christ. It is important for children especially, to know that aspect of the holidays, not just about decorating or buying gifts or giving gifts.”


Babwah said neighbours and friends in the community look forward to the carol-singers coming to their homes every year to sing and the money received is distributed among various charities.


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