Archive for December, 2013

A Singing Christmas Tree highlights the season in Sri Lanka

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

As Sri Lanka prepared for the season, one initiative that stood out across the island was this unique concept that exalted voices of children and truly brought in the true spirit of Christmas and was celebrated in grand and yet a classic way with media friends, business affiliates and their inhouse guests was at MLH

The unique Singing Christmas Tree with the Sebastian’s College Choir dawning the season at MLH was a fascinating sight. The Tree the world over has become the most loved and spectacular tradition in launching the season in many countries. Featuring a huge choir and indeed a beautiful display of many lights and the sound that ignited was a just incredible.

For all who missed the first night that had an added brilliant sight was the fireworks display and not forgetting the food that is synonymous to the season was also a welcoming gesture.

The programme will start from 7pm onwards each day at the hotel courtyard and the choirs that will be highlighted are:

  • 10th Dec St Sebastian College (Moratuwa)
  • 11th Dec Lyceum International School
  • 12th Dec Combined Choirs
  • 13th Dec St Benedicts College (Colombo 13)
  • 14th Dec Methodist Church (Moratuwa)
  • 15th Dec Elizabeth Moir School
  • 20th Dec Good Shepherd Convent (Colombo 13)
  • 21st Dec Vocal Mystique
  • 22nd Dec Combined Universities
  • 23rd Dec St Joseph College (Colombo 10)

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International Hotel School(IHS) herald the Christmas season

Monday, December 9th, 2013

Christmas is no fun without the traditional Christmas cake. And making it is no quick and easy task — preparations begin way ahead of time. To mark the birth of Jesus Christ, many institutions in Sri Lanka organize cake-mixing ceremonies to spread the warmth of the festive season. People from different walks of life come together for such ceremonies.

The first step towards making the cake is the mixing process, formally called the cake-mixing ceremony. “It is a ritual religiously followed the world over, and is said to be a herald of good tidings and happiness,” says the Principal of the IHS Mr M Hulangamuwe. Originally a family affair, it is for many years celebrated within many to spread camaraderie and goodwill. The International Hotel School of Mount Lavinia Hotel that provides a launching pad for those interested in taking up careers in the Hospitality Industry, has been the only functional hotel school in Sri Lanka with a history of 21 years. Speaking on the history of cake-mixing, the cake mixing tradition dates back to 17th century in Europe. The ceremony marks the arrival of the harvest season. During this time, lots of fruits and nuts were harvested and used in the making of the traditional plum cake. Taking note of the cake ingredients, Mr Hulangamuwe stated said that the students made sure it comprised of dry fruits like raisins, black currants, prunes, glazed dates, cherries, candid orange, lemon rinds and nuts like cashews, pistachios and almonds, all the original ingredients that is in the cake. Then came the best part – that is pouring in the liquor. Later, large quantities of liquor, fresh juices, honey are generously added to soak all the mixtures. Freshly ground spices are also added and tossed till the fruits and nuts are well coated. “This was emptied into large containers and stored till a few days before Christmas, with occasional stirring to ensure that the nuts soak till they are swollen,” he explained. The mixing took place last month and many students got into the celebration with great enthusiasm.  The baking which will be done at HIS by the Kitchen Students and the Cake will be distributed among the Managers of leading Hotels in Colombo.

The students storing in containers

A Singing Christmas Tree dawns the season at MLH

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

As MLH is preparing for the season, one of the many initiatives that make them standout from the rest, mainly focuses on the unique traditions that they exalt each year that are celebrated across the world and indeed make the Christmas season so special.

One such celebration is the ever famous Singing Christmas Tree. The Trees have become the most loved and spectacular tradition in launching the season in many countries. Featuring a huge choir and indeed a beautiful display of many lights and the voices of children and young adults will be the sound that ignites the evening. The Singing Christmas is usually an exciting presentation of Christmas classics and the pageantry of a 40-foot-tall Christmas tree is the essence of the programme.

Here at MLH dawning the season on 10th December 2013, the first ever Singing Christmas Tree with the voices of children will dawn the season. This will be a debut event and a memorable one for Sri Lanka.

The programme will start from 7pm onwards each day at the hotel courtyard and the choirs that will be highlighted are:

  • 10th Dec St Sebastian College (Moratuwa)
  • 11th Dec Lyceum International School
  • 12th Dec Combined Choirs
  • 13th Dec St Benedicts College (Colombo 13)
  • 14th Dec Methodist Church (Moratuwa)
  • 15th Dec Elizabeth Moir School
  • 20th Dec Good Shepherd Convent (Colombo 13)
  • 21st Dec Vocal Mystique (SJC Colombo 10)
  • 22nd Dec Combined Universities
  • 23rd Dec St Joseph College (Colombo 10)