On the night of waiting for the birthday of Don Bosco the incessant rain continued to beat but failed to be the star of an evening that was in any case a real celebration.
The 5000 young people literally camped out in every corner covered the Colle Don Bosco, have spontaneously animated the evening with dancing, choirs, djambè, games, moments of sharing and prayers. Still others have taken advantage of this last night for a comparison to open heart with the Salesians and the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, perhaps facing the light of experience so touching, important choices for their future.
Thus, thousands of “you see, feel, Don Bosco is here!” the wait continued until, thanks to a fast words of mouth and ignoring the rain, all the young people gathered below the stage in the square with the Rector Major and the Mother General for the final countdown. At the stroke of midnight, almost like magic, the rain stopped falling, the facade of the Temple lit colors and faces of Don Bosco and Mary Help of Christians, the church bells rang in celebration and present exploded in a long scream of joy flooded by rain, this time, thousands of colored balls.
Immediately following is the thanks to God and Our Lady for the gift of Don Bosco in the world and young people in particular.
While dozens of lanterns rose into the sky Don Á.F. Artime and Mother Reungoat Y. chanted, according to Salesian tradition, the first day of the new Ave Maria reminding young people that “this night and this prayer will start something new for the young people of the Salesian Youth Movement.”
The dancing went on until late and the atmosphere of joy has never left the Temple. A young, at dawn stated “I have not slept at all but it was worth it!”
It was not possible to realize the vigil worship prepared but the Spirit Salesian is not missed and, although a thousand hardships, it was possible to sing with one voice the most anticipated of the “Happy Birthday to You!”