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Tania Edwards
September 12 | Carnival | Baan Saeng Thai

The annual Bandra Fair comes to life yet again at the Young Goans Club in Bahrain. Though it may not resemble a Brazilian carnival’s extravaganza, this parade led by King Momo and his troupe is the most anticipated spectacle in the club’s events calendar.

“This nostalgic event filled with much amusement and excitement has been the hallmark of the club’s goals and initiative to bring cultural events to all communities in Bahrain, thereby uniting them in one spirit of brotherhood,” says Francis Correia, Young Goans Club president.

Adding to the glamour of this year’s occasion is a group dance competition. Another event that guests look forward to is the search for the Bandra King and Queen. There will be a display of fun activities in addition to food stalls serving traditional Goan delicacies from noon until 10pm.

The feast marks the significance of the nativity of Mary and inherits the name from the Bandra suburb in Mumbai from where the fair originates. The festival is widely celebrated in the former Portuguese-colonised cities of Goa as well, making them popular tourist destinations.

Call 39 659-539.