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RHONDA KRYSTAL RAMBALLY
For most T&T citizens, celebrating
the end of 2015 and welcoming in 2016
will involve either revelry or worship.
For those who prefer the latter, one of
the options will be the Cathedral of
Immaculate Conception on Independ-
ence Square in Port-of-Spain where,
after an absence of three years, Roman
Catholics will be able to participate in
the traditional New Year s Eve mass
from 10 pm.
For the partygoers, the options include
the Hyatt Regency in Port-of-Spain
which is offering three packages---Bril-
liance, Splendour or
Grandeur---each in a
range for their
d oeuvres and a
Brilliance at $1,900 per
person is for the
party only, which
dinner, food and
beverage, and party
favours. For $2,600 per person, Splen-
dour offers a one-night stay, party, dinner,
food and beverage, party favours, and
New Year s Day breakfast buffet; while
the luxury package, Grandeur, carries a
price tag of $4,200 and caters for couples,
inclusive of a one-night stay, party, din-
ner, food and beverage, party favours
and New Year s Day breakfast buffet.
Patrons who purchase any of the three
packages have a complimentary service
for their children ages four to 12, to have
their own fun at Camp Hyatt.
At the Hilton Trinidad and Conference
Centre, there is dinner at the Pool Terrace
Garden Restaurant for $1,008 with live
entertainment, a welcome drink and
party favours. The prices for the party
packages at the La Boucan range from
$600 to $2,016.
Across at the Radisson on Wrightson
Road, patrons can pay $490 to dine at
the 360 Restaurant with a festive buffet,
party favours, entertainment and mid-
night toast and in south Trinidad the
Tradewinds Hotel and Conference Cen-
tre s dinner and dance will cost $400
for singles and $700 for couples.
Praying for peace
Among the citizens who plan to wel-
come 2016 with prayer is Rena Noor,
73, who has been following that New
Year s tradition for more than five
decades, starting in the 1960s when she
moved to south Trinidad after her mar-
riage. Noor worships at the Emmanuel
Presbyterian Church and the Revival
Mission Full Gospel Church in La
"Since I got married 53 years ago I
have been going to church and I never
miss a service. I have also never been
sick," she said.
Noor said attending church has been
a tradition since it was inculcated in her
as a child and she enjoys reading Bible
scriptures on New Year s Eve and praying
for the country and her family.
She said: "The service begins at 10.45
pm and I should be home by 12.30 am."
Most of Noor s children, grandchildren
and great-grandchildren will accompany
her to the service at the Presbyterian
She said she was saddened by the
number of lives lost on the roads due to
accidents and will be asking God s bless-
ings for the nation and fam-
ilies who have suf-
as she will
at the Arima
RC Church and
then head off to Tobago
to sing at a party.
"The resort there
usually has an Old
Year s night party,"
she said. "This is
something I have been doing over the
years. The generation now would prefer
to be out and at parties with friends so
some would prefer to stay home for a
few hours and bond and then go out to
have a time."
Mannette s parents, however, will
attend church and then head home.
Over the past five years, Mannette has
gone to different parties to ring in the
"I think as I get older I might stay
home but for the next few years, this is
what I will be doing," she said.
Priya Roopnarine, 34, a Sai Baba devo-
tee, usually goes to the Patiram Trace
Temple in Debe to worship on New Year s
Eve. From 6 pm to 9 pm, worshippers
sing spiritual songs and listen to a dis-
course on life and expectations for the
She said: "It s all about listening to
positive words and discussing plans to
improve on all areas of life in the new
Roopnarine then heads home to be
with her family and they relax and sit
and conduct their personal prayers as
"Each person decides what resolutions
will be made. It has never been a tradition
in my home to bring in the new year
with parties. We were never exposed to
that type of lifestyle for the ushering in
of a new year."
Sideeqa Hosein, a 27-year-old Muslim
from Hermitage Village in San Fernando,
said it has always been a tradition to
visit her grandmother s home nearby.
"It s usually a lime with food and fam-
ily. It has been that way since I was a
little girl," she said.
for the New Year
Church goers during last New Years
eve mass at Our Lady of Perpetual
Help RC Church in San Fernando.
PHOTO: RISHI RAGOONATH
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