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WGSHA and FIVV ready fruits for X’Mas cakes and pudding

Manipal, November 23: Welcomgroup Graduate School of Hotel Administration, MAHE and Fortune Inn Valley View together organized the fruit mixing ceremony for Christmas came and pudding on Friday at the Culinary Arts Hostel mess here. “The ceremony is an age old practice in traditional Christian households to mix dry fruits with red wine, fruit juice and alcohol at least a month before it is baked is followed even today,” said WGSHA Principal, ChefThirugnanasambantham K.

MAHE trustee, MrsVasanti R Pai, wife of Chancellor, Dr Ramdas M Pai was the chief guest at the function where 36 alumni of the 10th course were also present. Over 200 kilogrammes of dry fruits of all kinds, brought even from Afghanistan, were mixed. The entire mix will be kept away for three weeks before making cake and pudding just before Christmas.

Pro Chancellor, Dr H.S. Ballal, spoke briefly about the tradition being followed by WGSHA and FIVV every year. Also present on the occasion were, Vice Chancellor, Dr H Vinod Bhat, Pro Vice Chancellors, Dr PLNG Rao and Dr Poornima Baliga, Registrar, Dr Narayana Sabhahit and others.

The venue was decorated beautifully and to bring in the festive mood,soft strains of Christmas music was played in the background. Chef VasanthanSigamany, gave a brief history of fruit mixing. Mounds of dry fruits and nuts were piled up on the table and after the ceremonial mixing was done by the officials, the students completed the mixing up of over 200 kilogrammes of fruits and nuts. As the fruits were being mixed by the guests wearing a chef’s apron and cap, everyone searched for coins hidden in the fruits laid out on the table. The coins are considered to bring good luck through the year.

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