Every year on the feast of St. Columban (November 23) the people would also celebrate their harvest thanksgiving. And they would formally bring their harvest gifts (a portion of the harvest) to the Columbans. It was a beautiful tradition which continued after the Columbans were forced to leave. The people now brought their gifts to the bishop, priests and religious sisters and brothers. This year they choose to combine that celebration with the Columban Centenary Celebration and there was genuine joy that there were nine Columbans there together with the bishop, priests and religious to receive their gifts. And the two day celebration (November 17-18) coincided with the eleventh anniversary of the inauguration of the Diocese of Banmaw (Nov 17) and the episcopal ordination of its first bishop, Bishop Raymond (Nov 18). So, much to celebrate!