The Christmas spirit was ushered in this evening at Rahaman’s Park where 200 children received gifts from Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus at the Annual Rahaman’s Park, Christmas tree light – up.
The annual event attracted children from surrounding villages.
The tree at Houston is an attraction for persons traversing the East Bank of Demerara, especially at nights.
The crowd was amazed as the 60-foot tree with 5000 multi- coloured bulbs was illuminated by Minister of Business with responsibility for Tourism, Dominic Gaskin.
Minister Gaskin in brief remarks told persons gathered that they are in a season where their attitude and behaviour changem “We become kinder and nicer as we take into consideration those who are less fortunate and especially the children,” Minister Gaskin said.
The Minister added that the tree is erected at a good spot, which is ideal for welcoming persons to the capital city, Georgetown.
Ray Rahaman, the organiser of the the event for the past 11 years, said that it started out with just 15 persons and now there are over 1000. The tree was at 12 feet and is now 60 feet. Rahaman explained that the gifts are complements of Gafoors Houston Complex and China Trading, while Chico Sweets (Beharry Company) was on hand to share sweets to the children.
Rahaman said that the 60ft tree is the tallest in the Caribbean.
The Government Information Agency (GINA) took the time to speak with some of the children that were brimming with excitement on what they would like for Christmas.
Richard would like to have a laptop so that he can play games, while Sally would like to have a very big doll who would speak to her.
Six -year old Aden would like a laptop also so that he can do his homework, while Jasmine would like to have a doll that can dance.
GINA also spoke to Santa Claus who said that his wish is that persons will love and respect each other, not only at Christmas but all year round.