Agera, the feast of Thanksgiving (the feast of blessing of the new Corn produced in our fields) one of the most awaited feast by all the East Indians. Once upon a time this feast was celebrated with much pomp and splendor all over the Archdiocese of Mumbai. all the fields have now disappeared in the concrete jungle and along with the fields has gone away our sense and joy of celebrating this feast.
In early days, different Parishes used to celebrate Agera on Different Sundays. However, in recent times Archdiocese of Mumbai has assigned 1st Sunday in the month of October as THANKSGIVING SUNDAY. Common day in Church Calendar to celebrate a feast is well understood. But change in the name from AGERA to THANKSGIVING has not gone down well with EAST INDIAN COMMUNITY. They insist that feast should be named as AGERA as before and announced so. I must mention that it is being announced in some of the Parishes together with Thanksgiving.
East Indians have once again begun to celebrate this feast with pomp and splendor in many of the parishes. Needless to say, it has enthused many of the youngsters, who had not seen such things and are participating in it with greater joy.
Following is the report on Agera Celebration at couple of Parishes in Mumbai as well as abroad.
Agera Celebration at OurLady of Nazareth Church; Bhayander
This was the first time in Bhayander that the Parishioners of three Parishes came together and celebrated the Agera Feast which was organized by the Bhayander East Indian Association. The Parishioners of Our Lady of Nazareth, along with the Parishioners of Scared Heart and Divine Mercy Church in Bhayander East.
The Program was attended by around 1000 Parishioners which was followed by Entertainment program of Dance and Music and ended with Dinner for all the parishioners, sponsored by the committee.
The celebrations also coincide with the Birthday of Our MLA of Shree Gilbert John Mendonca.
The celebration was unique of its kind, because the parishioners of the 3 parishes joined together to celebrate the Feast, which is mainly celebrated by East Indians. But putting all the customary regional division aside, it was display of togetherness and brotherhood. I congratulate and salute the parishioners for showing the extraordinary and exceptional unity.
Finally to end with, in the whole celebration the absence felt was of that the Parish Priest and its team of Our Lady of Nazareth Church, though this Program was held in the church quadrangle. I am not sure of the reason for the Priests to boycott the program, but I think they should have displayed larger responsibility when the parishioners come together in unity. It is always said Preaching sounds fake without practice. But looks like they have taken up a Non-co-operation movement in the Parish of Our Lady of Nazareth.
We only pray that good sense prevail and the Parishioners keep coming together on every occasion.
Thanks & Regards
Noel Corriea. :
Parishioner OLN Church, Bhayander.
Images of Agera Celebration at OLN Bhayendar;
AGERA CELEBRATION AT ST. JOHN THE EVANGELIST PARISH, MAROL..
Cultivated Paddy was taken in procession on Bullock Cart through the Village, as it used to be in early days… To see Video… Click on following link…
AGERA CELEBRATION IN DUBAI