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Festive Radisson

Radisson Blu Water Garden is set to deck itself to celebrate Christmas and New Year 's Eve, and the arrangements promise to be a visual, as well as sensual, treat for the hotel's guests. Inside the signature atrium shaped lobby, you will be enchanted by wreaths, a towering and colourful Christmas tree and Santa with reindeers' sledge.

Each of the hotel's eateries have made special arrangements, with the 'Sugar & Spice' counter in the hotel lobby, the 'Chit Chat Deli Café' putting out their best for the guests' benefit. 'Sublime', the signature restaurant will offer a special menu for dinner on 24 December and the New Year's Eve.

The 'Spice and Rice' restaurant shall offer authentic, exotic cuisine from Asia to the Far East for the dinner menu on the 24th of December. Enjoy exclusive international music played by the live band “Rhythm & Lights” at the “Blaze Bar”.

The 'Water Garden Brasserie' restaurant is offering a special Christmas eve buffet dinner, where stuffed turkey with Cranberry sauce, smoked seafood, and many more mouth-watering dishes will be served. On New Years Eve, there will be a special dinner buffet spread. Also enjoy the New Year 's Day brunch to replenish your mind and body.

The hotel is also offering special room packages from 23-25 December and again from 31 December 2011 to 1 Jan 2012.

The five-star hotel's Christmas and New Years' Eve celebrations will start from 24 December and will continue till 1 January 2012. For reservations, please call 8745555.


NEWS FLASH

Joyeeta, a giant leap for women's empowerment

"Joyeeta" is a milestone attempt by the Government of Bangladesh to help women entrepreneurs struggling for the need of a platform to market their products in Bangladesh.

It is an initiative of the Ministry for Women and Children Affairs to introduce the creativity and talent of Bangladeshi women at home and abroad so that they become self reliant, as well as contributing to the national economy.

Joyeeta is an outlet of 24 thousand square feet on the 3rd and 4th floor of Rapa Plaza at Road 27, Dhanmondi. 194 government-registered women entrepreneur committees have signed up to run 149 stalls at Joyeeta, primarily for the next three years.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated this pilot project on 16 November, 2011.

This platform is aimed at giving a lift to women entrepreneurs at the grassroots level and to assist their commercial initiatives while discouraging the middlemen.

'Joyeeta' will present handicrafts, agro products, home decor and traditional cuisine to uphold the national heritage. It will also nurture festivals and days of national significance in Bangladesh.

With this aim Joyeeta celebrated a three-day Bijoy Mela at the premises at Dhanmondi between 16-18 December. The programmes included recitation of letters of '71, baul songs and gambhira.

State Minister for Women and Children Affairs, Dr Shirin Sharmin Chowdhury held a press briefing on December 14 on the three-day celebration.


SPECIAL FEATURE

With carols and more

The snowflakes have long declared the arrival of the flying sledge, the world gearing up to welcome Santa and his nine reindeers with the opulent spirit of Christmas. While here in Bangladesh, the seasonal chills of winter have drawn out the cloaks and the devoted Christians are preparing for the 'Boro Din' with as much indulgence and enthusiasm as anywhere else in the world. Churches get illuminated with lights that spread out the festive force in anticipation of the Big Day, a festival that is celebrated with love, joy and sharing. As the streets and homes start taking on the form of Christmas wonderlands, with trees, branches and lights adorning houses and lining streets, a feeling of compassion and understanding begins to fill the air.

Each city, town in Bangladesh has its own way of celebrating Christmas. But getting hands on Christmas decorations, buying gifts for the loved ones and setting the house right for the special day are common tasks that are undertaken by all.

Given the odds of one getting to buy an actual Christmas tree in Bangladesh, one might try to be a bit different this season by buying a jute miniature Christmas tree and celebrate the day in desi style. You can get your tree decorating items from handicrafts organisations like Folk International and Aarong, Jatra, Chondon; these shops carry a colourful array of tree trinkets, like golden and silver balls made out of recycled papers, jute trinkets, jute bells, jute stars, jute fairies and a lot more. There are also jute Christmas stockings and plenty of other forms of wall hangings made primarily out of jute. You can also get hand crafted table runners, table cloths and cushion covers made specially keeping the spirit of Christmas in mind.

But no matter how this festival of love and remembrance is celebrated, it remains a time of giving, forgiving and receiving the love that is shared by community members and the love of God. Most families will spend Christmas Eve together, opening their gifts, talking and laughing, while Christmas songs linger in the background. Celebrating Christmas has nothing to do with spending a lot of money or having lavish parties. The biggest celebrations are the most personal ones spent with people whose company we love. A simple thing as giving someone a personalised gift that shows a lot of thought has gone into it can be enough to tick the balance.

You can try out making a home-made gift basket consisting of all the little things that a person likes, which might include chocolates, mug, shirt, homemade CDs, books and almost anything that fits in a basket. The world is going green, and with the frequent power shortages you might want to empower your loved ones with a portable solar charger that can be found in almost all kinds of electronic stores around the country. You can also put small chit notes along with chocolates inside Christmas stockings, so that when your child takes a peak into his stocking before going to his Church service, he has a mouth full of smiles and a heart bouncing with happiness. You can also go green by giving your loved one a rustic looking Christmas greeting card made out of recycled paper, found in various local handicraft and stationery shops.

Finally, to create that perfect ambience for the big day, nothing can compete with the incandescence of a scented candle that can transform the environment to give a soothing, divine touch. The lighting of candles signifies the birth of Jesus and the revival and renewed life force that inspire millions of people to start a fresh, holy life. Christmas Candle Tradition stands for purity and the right path that should be followed in life. Candles are like an emblem of Christmas. They are everywhere during the season. Candles in the shape of Christmas trees, Santa, stars and fairies are among the most favourite. Candles can be used on tables, windows and can be hung from the house doors to welcome your guests with a glowing, greeting message. They can also be placed around the sides of your staircase to create an illuminated pathway.

By Afrida Mahbub
Photo Courtesy: Aarong


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