Christmas star to spread the message of peace

Mount Carmel Church, Shirthadi will display a giant Christmas star made with paddy husk (and other wooden pieces) by Life Seva members. It will be on display from December 22 to January 5.

Life Seva members Prasanna joyal Sequeira and Yathish Kulal had been creating such an unique Christmas star for eight years to spread messages.

A star had raised awareness about the Covid-19 pandemic during the previous Christmas.

To raise awareness and encourage people to choose eco-friendly products, the star is made with 20 kg of paddy flower and 20kg of wood sticks.

The star measures 12 feet high by 12 feet wide. In the middle of the star is a crib that retells the story of Jesus Christ’s birth using paddy straw and wooden sticks. Harish Acharya is responsible for the wooden carvings found on the star.

“It took eight days to complete the work on the star. Cyprion D’Souza and Abhilash Karkala also extended their help in making it,”Prasanna.

The star will be hung from a large Badam tree in a church building. The star will be a focal attraction for the visitors, thanks to its unique lighting.

Mascarenhas, Mount Carmel Church Priest Herald, said “The youth have become guiding stars by creating a Christmas star.”

Life Seva’s Prasanna Joyal said, “The star spreads a message on peace and harmony in nature which should reach all.”

Yathish Kalal, a member from Life Seva, said, “Harmony among religions is the need of the hour. I have been engaged in preparing the star for many years.” 

Naveen Shetty, another Life Seva member, said, “Along with conservation of nature, there is a need to go back to tradition, which is highlighted through the star.”

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