What Is It?

The picturesque and Portuguese-style Ranwar village in Bandra is hosting its annual ‘Ranwar Village Festival’ on 9, 10 and 11 December – bringing in the Christmas festivities. The festivity will be happening on Veronica Street and at Ranwar Square.

Who Is It For?

Photo source: Biswarup Ganguly via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Photo source: Biswarup Ganguly via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Anyone who wants to get on with their Christmas spirit already. Ranwar Village is the cutest hamlet of a village bang in the middle of Bandra. The Ranwar community will be there to host this fun festival, and anyone and everyone is welcome. The whole of Veronica Street will be closed off just so people can join in {without the blaring traffic and horns} and walk around the gorgeous lanes of Ranwar.

Why Should I Go?

With the thriving East Indian community living in Ranwar, there’ll be exciting stalls set up by them. Walk in to beautiful Christmas lights and decorations – buntings, Christmas tree and more.

Photo source: Gabriele via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY 2.0)

Photo source: Gabriele via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY 2.0)

Our favourite bit however is the food stalls by the residents of the village. East Indian Bottle Masala – a traditional East Indian – a reddish-orangish spice used by the community to put in their fish curries, meat, veggies and more. Story goes, as the spice used be stored in an alcohol bottle during the ancient days, the name just sort of stuck by. Fugia – a traditional East Indian bread – which is deep fried and served on special occasions, Chittiyaps, home-made chocolates, more of Christmas sweets and Marzipan.

Anything Else?

The festivities start 4pm onwards, and the entry is free. There’ll also be a special Ranwar Goathan Model Display – a photography exhibition. So we’re saying, just stop by for a couple of hours – gorge on authentic East Indian cuisine and walk around the street. It’s Christmas month after all – get out your Santa hat please!

Featured photo: Bhavika Govil/LBB