<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Reliving its over 250-year-old tradition, the East Indian community in the city will be marching towards Bandra’s Mount Mary on September 16, Saturday.According to the community, they will be reviving the memories dated back to 1761 when the Mount Mary statue was carried in procession, by the natives, from Mahim Church to Bandra.The initiative is organised by the Mobai Gaothan Panchayat with an aim to revive the tradition which their forefathers followed.A procession named ‘Mont Mauli Purcessao’ (Mount Mary Procession) will be carried out from Mahim Church to Mount Mary’s Church in Bandra.Speaking about the procession, Alphi Dsouza, head sarpanch and spokesperson of Mobai Gaothan Panchayat, said, “The tradition goes back to 1761. However, the community slowly started discontinuing the tradition. Community members stopped the tradition due to various reasons such as urbanisation, relocation from one place to another. In order to bring back the tradition, after over 100 years, we want to revive the tradition.”According to the members, the native East Indian Community are originally the founders of the Bandra Fair. Over 100 community members joining the procession will be dressed in traditional lugras and other traditional outfits”Three East Indian Brass bands will sing hymns as well. St Peter’s Confraternity will lead the procession along with members from other parishes,” said Dsouza.

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East Indians to bring back 250-yr-old tradition