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Orlando Gahambar
Orlando Gahambar
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
What a site from my vantage point from the stage of this expansive Conference Room in Orlando Sun Resort! On right side are seated over 120 All Florida Zoroastrian Community and on the left side is a magnificent spread of tables with banana leaves to be used as the all green dishes for the delicious Gahambar lunch to be served later! This was a personal gratification after requesting our Orlando Central Florida Group to stage a Gahambar as a Community building Celebration, reminiscent of the olden days in Mother India! And so they took up the challenge and after a lot of hard work for weeks, this group convened all FL communities and had a very successful Gahambar on Sunday October 16th at the Orlando Sun Resort in Kissimmee, FL. Our own Percy Amaria, its General Manager, so graciously donated his place with industrial size kitchen and a huge Conference Hall to hold this Gahambar for which we will truly be in his debt for ever! The preparations for the festivitieswere started by Dinyar Mehta, with able help from Perzid and Urvazi, our Chef extra ordinaire, Ichhaporia, and a host of their helpers too numerous to mention weeks ahead of the Gahambar day with meetings, assignments, responsibilities, etc. Even they found a place in Davie, FL to get the banana leaves and Perzid personally went their to consummate the deal and our Mina and Gulshan Dubash from Ft. Lauderdale brought the leaves with them. On Friday, a group of us started the prep work for the food cutting and peeling and preparing the basis for the Gahambar food under the able and efficient leadership of Urvazi. The Resort Commercial kitchen was God sent for this and we were amazed at all the utensils and equipment, as well as the helping hands of our own other chef Percy Amaria, the GM himself and his efficient Resort helpers, at our disposal for the big job made easy due to that. The cooking in ernest started Saturday afternoon and for 8 hours a lot of busy helpers worked to prepare the food for the Gahambar as well as prepared all Banana leaves for over 120 people and set up the Gahambar tables for the lunch. The stage was set with beautiful decoration as well as marble tables for the Satum prayers. Food was also prepared for over 40 people from both the hotels, Sun Resort and Wyngate, and all were served in the Resort with Shrimp Curry rice, salad, Sali Per Eedoo, and dessert. The next morning, the people started to come by 10 AM and by 12 noon, all were there and a short YouTube video on Zoroastrianism prepared by ZAGNY and IZA NY Groups was presented. The Satum Prayers were then started by Ervad Soli P. Dastur, with a short explanation of Gahambar and its significance in our religion. Then Mezdi Birdie gave a short introduction of the WZCC Orlando Chapter under whose aegis this Gahambar was held, followed by Perzid giving the details of the revival of the WZCC Orlando Chapter and its scheduled activities in the future. In the end, Sherry Shaikh, Treasurer WZCC Chapter, and Sarosh Mistry, Secretary WZCC Chapter, gave short accounts of their functions. Then Sherry and Sarosh introduced the game of Housie (Parsi Bingo) and all had fun playing it with some very lucky winners. Then the real Gahambar lunch was served by our own members to all with Saaria, Achaar, Soli's Chutney, Rotlis, Papeta ma Gosh (goat meat), vegetarian and shrimp kabaabs, and lagan nu custard. All were happily fed and had lots of great positive comments for the whole affair! Once again, we want to thank all Central Florida Orlando Group for doing such a magnificent job of arranging for this Gahambar, Percy Amaria for donating the place and all of you who came from far and wide to participate in it! May we make this an annual affair! Love and Tandoorasti, Jo Ann and Soli
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