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Monthi Fest Celebrations Around The World - 2010
Published Date: 02 Oct, 2010 (7:46 PM)
The traditional harvest festival dearly called ‘Monti Festh’ by all Mangalorean people was celebrated with great pomp and gaiety at Jeddah, KSA on 23 September 2010. Over 30 odd Mangalorean and Goans formed the close knit group that took part in this event. Celebrations began after tea, with a round of cricket match...
The feast of nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary is traditionally celebrated as Monthi Festh (Feast) by Mangaloreans Catholics around the world with religious fervor and gaiety. The members of Belman Welfare Association Kuwait (BELWAK) along with family, friends and the parishioners of St. Joseph’s Church, Belman met at the premises of Royal Plaza Catering Services, Ardiya on Friday ...
Traditional Monti Feast was celebrated at Indian Public School, Hall, Salmiya, Kuwait by "Kuwait Brahmavar Welfare Association" (KBWA) on Friday 17th September 2010. In the morning, The High Mass in Konkani was concelebrated by Fr. David Crasta at NECK and Fr. Alban D’Souza along with Fr. John Harry D’Souza at Our Lady of Arabia church Ahmadi Kuwait...
Under the auspices of the Mangalorean Catholic Association of Sydney (MCAS), a large number of Mangalorean Sydneysiders and their friends celebrated Monti Fest on Sunday 19 September at the Harrington Hall, Our Lady of Dolours Parish, Chatswood. Fr. Joseph Rebello, the only Mangalorean priest in Sydney, celebrated holy Mass in the church. At the beginning of the Mass, MCAS president Stanley D’Cruz welcomed the gathering and explained the significance and the history of Monti ...
Members of the Kanara Catholic Welfare Association (KCWA), Hyderabad celebrated the Feast of Our Lady of Nativity (Monthi Fest) on Sunday September 12, 2010 at St Patrick’s High School hall, Secunderabad. Members from all over the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad gathered at the venue in full festive spirit, the children especially so, with basketfuls of flowers, akin to the celebration back home...
Our Konkani Kutam in Rome celebrated the Feast of the Nativity of Our Lady, Monti Fest on Sunday 19th of September at the Capuchin Generalate, 70, Via Piamonte Rome. The celebrations commenced with a procession and the singing of traditional Konkani hymns and every one devotionally offered flowers to the Blessed Mother. This was followed by the blessing of the new grain of rice brought from Indi...
Udentichim Neketram’ Moodbidri Varado Catholic Association, an unique blend of 13 Parishes in U.A.E. celebrated the feast of Maria Bambina (Monti Fest) on Friday, September 17, 2010 at Al Mas Hotel Apartments, Bur Dubai with lots of fervor. The celebration commenced with an introductory note by the young and an eminent host Joshve D’Souza Alangar followed by a welcome dance by the little children. Association President Mr. Elias Dsouza Hospet welcomed the gathering .
"A family that celebrates together stays together". With that noble thought in mind, Mangalore Cricket Club (MCC), Qatar, has been celebrating the feast of the Nativity every year, for the past 18 years. This year was no different. The members of the MCC family gathered at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, September 17, 2010 in the Indian Cultural Center to celebrate the feast of Nativity also known as the family feast.
The parishioners of St.Francis Xavier Church, Ferar, living in UAE celebrated Monthi Fest, a feast of nativity of Blessed Virgin Mary with a great devotion and enthusiasm on Thursday, 16th September, 2010 at Winny’s Restaurant in Karama, Dubai. The programme began at 8:30 PM sharp in the presence of a large gathering with the welcome note by Mr. Lawrence Cutino followed by a short prayer, while Ms. Pearl Fernandes read out the word of God..
It was on 17th September evening symbolizing a precise blend of solemnity and merriment, SFX Kutam, Mudarangadi celebrated 'Monthi Fest 'a family festival of Love, Peace and Emotions .This celebration was held on Friday in Winny's Restaurant Karama in the evening at 7:00 PM to11:30 PM and was attended in large numbers by the association members and their families. The program began with prayer and children offering most beautiful flowers to Infant..
Konkani Kutam, Bahrain celebrated the Nativity Feast jointly with Karnataka Social Club on 16th September 2010 at Karnataka Social Club premises. The celebrations started at 8.00 p.m. with the guest priest from Mangalore, Fr. Franklin D’souza blessing the new corn. In his address to the gathering he signified the need to promote Konkani language & culture. He praised Konkni Kutam for rendering their selfless service in promoting the language ..
Abbasiya Families Kuwait celebrated Monthi Fest 2010 at Integrated Indian School premises, Abbasiya on Friday 17th September. The program began at 6:45 pm with a welcome note from compere Rony Fernandes and thereafter all the children with flowers gathered for procession. Rev. Fr. Harry D’Souza along with Fr. George and visiting priest Fr. Alban D’Souza accompanied the procession of Mother Mary. Children offered flowers to Mother Mary with the beautiful tunes of choir led by Ronald Lobo..
Emirates Pangalites UAE celebrated their 8th Month Fest since its inception on 16th September at Richmond Apartments in Dubai. Clevin D’Souza, Support Cultural Secretary, (EP) in his welcome address said he feels very happy and proud that Monthi Fest is best feast he enjoyed back in Pangla. He then invited Vinay Vas (President) to address the gathering. Vinay welcomed all the guest, members and family members and friends. He was proud to see a large gathering and wished them Happy Monthi ...
The feast day of the nativity of Our Lady represents a new life, a new presence and brings us innumerable favors. September 8th is also celebrated as a thanksgiving harvest festival in Mangalore wherein parishes bless the newly harvested grain and distribute it to parishioners. This grain is added to milk and drunk before a festive vegetarian meal symbolizing the new harvest is eaten with great enthusiasm...
The Mangalorean Catholic Community of Pune celebrated their traditional annual highlight “MONTHI FEST 2010” on Sunday, 12th September, 2010, at “OUR LADY CONSOLER OF THE AFFLICTED CHURCH” Pimpri, Pune 411 018, with gaiety and devotion. The programme commenced at 9.00 with the showering of flowers at the grotto of Mother Mary, followed by blessing of the new paddy, performed by Rev. Fr. Paul Melvyn D’Souza OFM...
Monthi festh was celebrated with all pomp and glory by the Mangalorean association of the East Coast (MCA-EC) on September 11 at St. Cecelia’s parish hall, Edison, NJ. Mark Mendonca captivated the audience with his welcome speech citing personal anecdotes coupled with humor, implying that Mangaloreans need to remain connected in order to promote our culture and help each other. The Mass was celebrated in Konkani by Fr. Leo Lasrado. .
Canara Konkani Association Borilvi celebrated Monti Fest on 12th September. The programme started with the Novena to "Maria Bambina" (infant Mary) with the flower offerings and Novem Benjar in front of the entrance of the church. Then the crowd went on a procession lead by the band. Fr. Charles Vas SVD was the main celebrant of the Konkani ...
Vasai Konkani Welfare Association (Regd) celebrated Monti Fest yesterday in a very solemn manner in Vasai. The fest started with a procession with a decorated "Maria Bambina" (Ballok Mari) statue from Manikpur Cricket ground to Gonsalo Garcia Church. The procession was started with a Banner of the association, followed by Brass Band playing Konkani Hymns, Alter Servants, Floral White Kids, "Maria Bambina" statue on a decorated open jeep, Floral colourful kids .
For all the kanaraites residing in Delhi and satellite towns of Noida, Faridabad and Gurgaon the most awaited day of togetherness was on the 12th Sept 2010, wherein we celebrated Montiche Fest with lots of eagerness and oneness as the same reminds us our roots back to our home land and the love that we have towards our culture, traditions and language.
NZ Mangalorean Inc. celebrated the Monthi Fest in Auckland on 11th September 2010 at the Mt Eden War Memorial Hall in traditional Mangalorean style! This year, a warm welcome was extended to other communities as well.The basic idea was to share our Mangalorean culture with people from other communities. ‘Dev boren korun’ to all our guests .
As the feast of Monthi Fest was celebrated by the Christians all around the world with devotion and pomp, the Mangalorean Konkan Christians Association celebrated it with its true spirit and in unison with current events worldwide. This event signifies the pure and simple love and devotion of Mother Mary in accepting the heavenly call and sharing .
Kuwait Canara Welfare Association (KCWA) celebrated Monthi Fest with much grandeur on Sunday 12th September ‘10 at the Holy Family Cathedral, Kuwait city, which has been an annual tradition for 22 years now, attended by thousands of Catholics in Kuwait. Rev. Fr. John Harry D’Souza led the blessing of ‘Novem’ (new harvest) along with Cathedral Parish Priest Rev. Fr. Gasper and visiting priest .
KCAUK celebrated their dual joys on September 11, 2010 at the Gandhi Hall in Manchester UK. The first was the celebration of the feast of Nativity Consecutively for the fifth year in United Kingdom and the second was the celebration of the fifth anniversary of the KCAUK Association. The Mangalorean Konkani speaking families .
The annual feast of Nativity of Mother Mary was celebrated for the 4th consecutive year by members of the Mangalorean Community, Vancouver here on Sunday September 12th. The event started at 6.00 p.m with blessing of the newly harvested corn (Novem) and Eucharistic celebrations. The main celebrant was Fr. Rudolph D'souza, OCD of the Guardian Angels Parish in Vancouver. He was assisted by Fr Jerry D'souza.
The Mangalorean Community of Washington DC (metropolitan area) under the banner of Mangalorean Association, Inc congregated at the Capital View - Homewood Local Park, Kensington, Maryland on September 11, 2010, to celebrate the feast of nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary which is traditionally celebrated as Monthi Fest by Mangalorean Catholics .
One of the largest concentration of Mangalorean Catholics in Mumbai is in IC Colony, Borivali West which falls under the Immaculate Conception Parish. The Feast of the Birthday of Mother Mary i.e. Monti Fest or Harvest Feast was celebrated here on 12h September, 2010..
United Mangaloreans Kuwait (U.M.K.) celebrated the nativity feast (monti fest)on Saturday 11th Sept 2010 at a Salmiya Residence at 7pm. Gurkar of UMK Agnel Saldanha welcomed the gathering in few words on behalf of UMK & Compered the entire event. Lional Mascarenhas conducted the prayer(1 Kan terse) , ended with “ Sakkad sangatha melya” hymn, sung by all.
A Mangalorean friends team in Abu Dhabi celebrated Monti Fest (Nativity of Blessed Virgin Mary) at Arab Udupi Banquet Hall which was decorated in a traditional way with sugar canes, vegetables, fruits etc. on Friday, September 10, 2010. The celebration began with a prayer by Mr. Maxim Pereira .
Following the age old tradition of “Monthi Festh” held every year on the occasion of the birthday of our beloved Mother Mary in the lush-green Mangalore and surrounding parishes of South Kanara, St. Mary’s Konkan Community (SMKC) Dubai also celebrated the Nativity Feast on Friday, 10th September 2010 in a grand style. The concelebrated solemn High Mass commenced at 10.15 AM with Fr. Fransquinho Gomes as the main celebrant and Fr. Robert Lasrado.
MUKA celebrated Monthi Fest (Nativity of our Blessed Virgin Mary), at St Theresa church on Saturday September 11 with holy mass at 10:30 am, by Rev Michael Gallagher. The ceremony commenced with the blessing of the new corn and honoring of the Blessed Mother was held with the children gathering around the statue of our beloved Mother Mary at the church. As the choir sang the beautiful Konkani hymn, 'Moriyek hogolshiyam', the little .
Queen of Arabia Konkani Community Ahmadi Kuwait (QAKCA) celebrated the traditional ‘Monthi Fest’ (nativity Feast) and honored Blessed Infant Mary on her Birthday. The celebration was held on 10th September 2010 at Queen of Arabia Church, Ahmadi. A crowd of over 2000 gathered at Ahmadi church to venerate Mother Mary on this blessed day.
Mangalore, with its lush green landscape and diverse culture has a long tradition of glorious past and an emerging global outlook. Most Mangaloreans speak Kannada, Konkani and Tulu with a possibility of conversing in two more Beary and Malayalam languages. The Mangalorean Catholics with Konkani (mother tongue) as their common identity have spread across the Coastal Karnataka. “Monthi Fest” is the time when all Mangaloreans come together .
The Konkani community of Abu Dhabi congregated at the St. Joseph’s Church at 7:30pm on September 9, 2010 to celebrate the feast of Nativity in honour of mother Mary for all the blessings she has bestowed through her Son Jesus Christ. A large number of Mangaloreans gathered near the grotto along with little children in .
All the feasts of our beloved Mother Mary are very meaningful to all Catholics but the celebration of Monthi Fest is something unique to all Mangaloreans wherever they are. Here, in the parish of Sts Peter & Paul, Ruwi-Muscat, Sultanate of Oman it was the 23rd year of Monthi Fest celebrations. In order to emphasize the spiritual preparation for the feast .
The Konkani Community of St. Anthony's Church Sohar celebrated Monthi Fest, the feast of the nativity of the Virgin Mary at 8:00 pm on September 7th 2010. The evening celebration started with the rosary at Mother Mary’s Grotto followed by the showering of flowers by little children. New corn was blessed. .
As in other parts of the Konkani speaking Coastal Karnataka, the Diocese of Karwar also celebrated the Monthi Fest, the birthday of Our Lady today with devotion and fervour. The feast mass was celebrated today in all the Churches, beginning with the procession of people carrying the flowers and placing them near the specially decorated statue of Maria Bambina. .
The festival of Harvest comes once every year and is celebrated by all communities in different ways. It is a reminder of our past, when farming and agriculture was the staple occupation of most of our ancestors. The first fruit of a farmers labour was brought to the table to be blessed and then distributed to all the family members. Even today the tradition continues. It is a time for family members to get together and eat together and in so doing to strengthen the bonds that hold them together.
Belle Parishioners residing in USA along with fellow Catholics in the New England region celebrated the Solemn Feast of Nativity of Mother Mary on 5th September 2010 at the Parish Hall of St. John the Evangelist Church in North Chelmsford, a northern suburb of Boston, MA. Over 100 people especially from the East Coast (Boston, Philadelphia, Connecticut, New Hampshire, New York and New Jersey) participated in this festival. The celebration began at 5 pm with a formal introduction about this Family Feast by Harman Mathias followed by children offering flowers to Mother Mary...
Mangaloreans and Goans living in Calgary celebrated Monthi Fest for the second time at St. Thomas More Parish 15, Templebow St. NE, Calgary, AB , Canada on September 4th, 2010 at 3.45 pm. The event was organized under the leadership of Mangalorean Carmalite Priests, Fr. John Pinto OCD and Fr. Gabriel with the help of Mendonca, Moras,, D’souza, Andrade, Almeida, Lobo families and other community members. Feast Mass was presided by Fr. John Pinto OCD Pastor of St. Thomas More Parish. In his homily Fr. Malcolm D’Souza the Pastor of St. Mark’s parish explained ..


St. Francis Xavier Church Ferar

Milagres Church Mangalore

St Sebastian Church, Bendur and Saripalla

Mother of Sorrows Church, Udupi

Infant Jesus shrine, Bikarnakatte

Monthi Fest in Milagres Church Kallianpur

Mother Theresa Church, Paldane

St. Vincent Ferrer Church, Valencia, Mangalore

St John the Baptist Church, Permude

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Arun, UAE Sep 15, 2010
Where are the Sharjah Photos?
Prof.Bhat, India Sep 10, 2010
What did the Tsk-Tsk man eat during Monthifest in Abu Dhabi?
If he eats veg, he will have gaaaaass problem. If my wife enquires, he feels she asks for beef..chicken etc
When will he grow up?
Some people never learn nor wish to when they themselves are sunk.
Simon Francis Lasrado,Bangalore,India, India Sep 10, 2010
Thank you for uploading the report of Monthi Saibinichem Festh on your website with lovely photographs. Thanking also the parish priests, parishioners and the organizers of concerned parishes. It is after the long long time I am participating this traditional Monthi Festhachi ceremony in my homeland. We have in Bangalore, do not have this type of traditional Monthi Festh like honouring Our Lady for 9 days showering the flowers by the children of parishes. The nine-day Novena of St. Mary's Feast begins at St. Mary's Basilica here in Bangalore with the hoisting of the flag by the Archbishop of Bangalore Rev. Bernard Moras. Every year, a holy flag is hoisted on the premises of the church, to which people in saffron clothes throng. St. Mary's Feast which celebrates the birth of Mother Mary is the most important festival celebrated in the basilica and is attended by thousands of thousands of people. St. Mary's Basilica, Shivajinagar, Bangalore which is also called as 2nd Velankani of India. will have Novenas for 9 days in different languages. Lakhs of devotees all over India will attend the feast day ceremony and car procession on the 8th of September at Sivajinagar. And we the mangalorean konkani speaking catholics celebrate our Monthi Festh with konkani Mass in about 20 to 25 churches in Bangalore, specially in Holy Ghost church Davis road, Vincent Pallotti church Banaswadi, St. Antony's friary Madvala, St. Jude's church RT nagar, St. Patricks's church Brigade Road, Christ the King Church Yashwanthpur, Chritha Prabhaalaya, Jayanagar, and Resurrection church old Madras road. Whatever way we celebrate Monthi Festh in Bangalore, the real charm, beauty and the essence can only be felt in our motherland Mangalore and surrounding areas of coastal Karnataka. Thumka sakdainki magthavum yek borem, sonthosborith, samadhanechem anik samraddichem Monthi Saibinichem Festh. Jiyo Mori Mai, Jiyo Konkani, jiyo Monthi Festh.
John, India Sep 9, 2010
Just on 8th Sept 2010 My Wife was explaining to our son How they use to collect flowers of different variety and exchange it with others and then carry a good decorative plate to the the church on 8th of september every year.

I was really happy and delighted to see this beautiful pictures and really wonder how she is missing all these now as she is not in mangalore.

Thanks for putting up this article.
K Shenoy, India Sep 8, 2010
reminds me of my childhood days when our christian neighbours used to celebrate this festival and some old man from a different community used to sing and rejoice with a song - "ye re bolthu....haad re koithu....katthar kuvaale"

come september. i used to wait for september 8th when our school declares holiday.

the veggies are awesome, and mangalorean catholics are famous for growing gavnchi bhendi, tendle, aambadi, karathe, gool, moska saangh, moge, alsando, valshi bhaji, karmpir bhaji, tharni mirsang, boblen, thoushe and many others. those were the days when bayammas used to bring them in kaanti to our doors and sell them at reasonable prices. they had a sweet way of talking and they loved the tiny tots at the door, even. missing all that glory as sez and like commercialisation is happening around.

however, happy monthi fest to all the mangalorean catholic friends.

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