Yesterday, my family and I attended a birthday celebration for my friend's daughter at their house ten to fifteen minutes drive from our place, she turned 18 years old. My friend handed me an invitation card a month ago to calendar the date on my diary and to make sure that I will be attending it without any reason why I didn't. That's how my friend invites his visitors. Dinner time at the party
There were heaps of people already dining when we arrived so we were ushered in to some vacant seats at the backyard. Foods were fantastic most of them were Philo foods, some sliced fruits, cakes, drinks, and many more.
At around half passed seven in the evening when the celebration started. I was surprised when it was announced because I didn't expect that there was a program prepared for this occasion, what I knew was, only dinner.
There was first, a presentation of a choreographed dance bya group of teenagers, girls and boys paired together dancing gracefully to the tune of the music. It was lovely! Then, it was followed by a girl singing a love song while playing her guitar. Well, quite a mellow one but captivating to the hearts of the teenagers. Choreographed dance number presented by some friends
To the delight of the visitors, there were a couple more of dances presented. The party became more and more intense, there were more shouting and hauling, laughing, everyone now, enjoying, obviously!
Then came the 18 flowers dance with the celebrant. Some 18 selected close friends at school and some relatives were given each a rose flower, and as a music was played they took turns in giving the flower to the celebrant and danced with her, too. A flower was presented then danced together, that's her Dad
A slide show of her precious moments and activities together with friends at school, etc., was shown next, and then with her family, from childhood to her most recent activities.
The finale was, the lighting of 18 candles. Again, some 18 selected close friends at school and aunties were given each a candle. The first guy lighted her candle, and while standing a meter away from the seated celebrant, shared a speech, her memorable moments with her at school, play, etc. This was done until to the last guy, who was her mom. Her mom recalled the greatest day of her life with her, the day she was born. It was a tear filled moment of revelations I had to control my emotion, else tears would have fallen down my checks, too. Friends/relatives holding candles while each one took turns narrating their experiences with the celebrant
Topping the event was the singing of the happy birthday song by everybody, accompanied with a guitar, really wonderful!
I really enjoyed that party, actually it was my first time to witness such a celebration. I attended one before but it was a plain dinner party and a presentation or a slide show of how she grew up until to her recent photos, that was all. Ah, there was a ball room dancing too, I remember!
Anyway, what was more important was my presence, to be among their family friends who witnessed, celebrated and enjoyed the party!
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