Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Festivals - Sarikei Inter Church Xmas Parade

Sarikei Xmas Parade 2008
Source: Desmond Chen


It's Xmas time! In the 1970s, the anticipated event would be the simple Xmas decor in front of the churches and the Xmas parade through Repok Road. As a kid, I would be perched on the first floor of our rented shophouse and I would watch the parade with glee together with the swallows hanging from the overhead electricity cables.


Sarikei Xmas Parade 2008
Source: Desmond Chen



Lots of logistics went into the preparation of this combined parade of the churches that involved 2000 Christians. Let there be light and let the celebration begin. Is this a recently renewed annual event? If not, when did it re-start?



Sarikei Xmas Parade 2008
Source: Desmond Chen



Silent Night... Holy Night... The 1 km long procession of lights, lanterns, banners, floats, bands and carol singers went through downtown Sarikei.


Sarikei Xmas Parade 2008
Source: Desmond Chen



Sarikei Xmas Parade 2008
Source: Desmond Chen


Sarikei Xmas Parade 2008
Source: Desmond Chen


Sarikei Xmas Parade 2008
Source: Desmond Chen



What is a Xmas parade without the music played by the dedicated Boys' and Girls' Brigade? You could hear them practice at Methodist School since the old days. Kudos!


Sarikei Xmas Parade 2008
Source: Desmond Chen



And of course the mandatory lorry with baby Jesus in a manger, Joseph, Mary and the three wise men (who had to walk along with the lorry). :)


Sarikei Xmas Parade 2008
Source: Desmond Chen



I believe this is reprsenting St. Anthony's Catholic Church.


Sarikei Xmas Parade 2008
Source: Desmond Chen



Sorry, which group was this?


Sarikei Xmas Parade 2008
Source: Desmond Chen



Merry Xmas, everyone! We should let the angels sing their Xmas carols while we will count our Xmas calories!

4 comments:

From AHU ROOM Studio... said...

Merry Christmas to all! For many 2008 has been a challenging year. But may we be reminded to put our trust in God who sent His Son over 2000 years ago as the ultimate messenger of hope. John 3:16

Daniel Yiek said...

Updated the post with more pics from Desmond Chen. Also added that there were 2000 people involved in this 1km long parade. It had very wide news coverage in the newspapers. The MP, Ding, was there too.

Kanga said...

This is great! Pity I was not there to enjoy and 'soak in' the atmosphere. This is far better than what I got during my time(i.e. finish midnight mass, riding home and got chased by wild dogs through the town) Best wishes to all, and let us all have great human faith to face a seemingly very challenging 2009!

sarawakiana said...

A belated Merry Christmas ..nice to see the Christmas spirit in Sarikei....Happy New Year.

Check out the Manchiew Ko(Manchurian Cake) in the Foochow restaurants..and tell us how it is done in Sarikei!!That is a very new year dish for the Foochows.

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