No Christmas fiestas, carnivals
NOVEMBER 21, 2014 By Regina Pratt
The usual popular Christmas fiestas and carnivals – Oldies de Goodies, Alafia carnival, Tangains – have all been called off due to the Ebola outbreak.
Sierra Leoneans at home and abroad will sorely miss the busy festive season, with little or no fanfare this time around, as a result of a Public State of Emergency imposed as part of ‘extraoridinary measures’ to contain and eradicate the Ebola virus.
According to popular broadcaster, Josiah Paris, the ‘Oldies de Goodies’ show that was slated for the festive season has been cancelled. The show has been running for the past seven years, and is popular with adults in their 50s and 60s for playing music of old which brings back fond memories and nostalgia.
Paris told Concord Times Entertainment he has joined efforts to help sensitize people on the dangers of the Ebola virus disease, which has killed at least 1,200 people since May. He said he had donated cash and bags of rice to three bands in Freetown and Bo.
On his part, Alafia carnival promoter, Michael Charlie Hinga, said the crowd pulling event which usually kick starts the Christmas festivities every first Saturday in December, will not hold this year.
He prayed for the country to return to normalcy so that social-economic activities would resume.
Also, chairperson of the Carnival Committee of National Insurance Company, Christian Decker, lamented the fact that the carnival, which is usually organized on Good Friday, would not go ahead this year.
He said this year’s Xmas mood would be sombre because of the rampaging virus, but expressed confidence that revellers would make amends in 2015.