Mangalore/Udupi: Feast of Nativity Celebrated Across Twin Districts


Mangalore/Udupi: Feast of Nativity Celebrated Across Twin Districts

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Mangalore/Udupi, Sep 8: The Feast of Nativity of Our Lady or ’Monthi Fest’ was celebrated with much devotion and joy, with hundreds of children and adults showering flowers on the statue of the Nativity of Mother Mary in Catholic churches around the twin districts of Dakshina Kannada and around.


St Sebastian Church, Bendur

The celebrations to mark the birthday of the Blessed Virgin Mary began at various churches at 7 am. There were hymns and prayers at the grotto of Mother Mary, and a procession accompanied by a musical band, while children showered flowers all over.

This is the biggest festival for parishes across Karnataka coast, particularly the twin-districts of Dakshina Kannada and Udupi. The people use this occasion to salute the kindness of the divine powers and earn their kindness. This is also the festival in which they thankfully acknowledge the kindness of Mother Nature and mother earth for the bounteous crops.

Processions are held, normally by taking a statue of Baby Mary along. People carry baskets of flowers and ears of paddy in their hands while walking in the processions, which start from the church, pass through decorated streets, and reach the church premises again. The newly harvested rice stalks and sugarcanes, duly blessed by the priests, are then taken home by the people. The grains are crushed at home, added to milk, and served to the family members.

Rains could not dampen the spirit of festivity among thousands of devotees who attended the mass and processions.

After the Feast Mass, people returned home with the blessed new paddy, which will be placed at a decorated altar and later mixed with sweet dishes and eaten with a thanksgiving to the Lord.

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  • Dr. Cajetan Coelho, Goa, India

    Tue, Sep 13 2011

    Happy Monti Fest to all. Nice way of celebrating faith, spirituality, nature and culture.

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  • jerald coelho, mukka

    Fri, Sep 9 2011

    really i enjoy this photography.thank you daiji.

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  • Judith L, Mumbai

    Fri, Sep 9 2011

    A Happy Feast to all. During this festive week let us retrospect the less fortunate ones especially those who have put an appeal on Daijiworld Homepage. I have called few of them and they are disappointed that help is not reaching them. When we are blessed with good health and prosperity. We should also, help the less fortunate ones. This is God's way of testing us. even a small amount of help from all mangaloreans can meet the befeciaries aid. Church should announce after mass so that people can come forward and help with pay back concept where after the need is fulfilled, the beneficiaries can repay and the cycle can continue. Once again A Happy Virgin Mary Feast to all.

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  • M. L. SEQUEIRA, Doopadakatee-Karkala/I. C. Colony, Mumbai.

    Thu, Sep 8 2011

    FANTASTIC. Enjoyed the Photographs and the news. Excellent job of your Photographer. Wishing you all a happy Monti festh and all the best to all of you.

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  • EDWIN DCOSTA, RAMBAIL / ISRAEL

    Thu, Sep 8 2011

    happy monthi feast to all brother&sisters
    special thankyou to daiji world.

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  • FRANKY D SILVA, MANGALORE, UAE

    Thu, Sep 8 2011

    HAPPY MONTHY FEAST TO ALL CATHOLIC PEOPLE. MAY GOD BLESS YOU ALL. THANKS DAIJIWORLD FOR COVERING THE CELEBRATIONS IN VARIOUS PARISHES AROUND THE WORLD. WE IN ABU DHABI ALSO CELEBRATED THE MONTHI FEAST AND MORE THAN 2,000 PEOPLE ATTENDED THE KONKANI MASS.

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  • Simon Francis Lasrado, Sullia/Bangalore

    Thu, Sep 8 2011

    ತುಮ್ಚೆ೦ ಜಿವಿತ್ ವೊರ್ನ೦ ಬೊರಿ ಗೋಡ್
    ಕೊಬಾ ಬೊರಿ ರುಚಿಕ್
    ಅನಿಕ್ ರಾ೦ದಯ್ಚ್ಯಾ ನಿಸ್ತ್ಯಾ ಬೊರಿ
    ಪೊರ್ಮೊಳಿಕ್ ಜ಼ಾ೦ವ್ದಿ

    ಕರೆತೆ೦ ಅನಿಕ್ ತೆ೦ಡ್ಲಿ೦ ತುಮ್ಚಿ ಕೊಡ್ಸಣ್ ಕಾಡ್ನ್ ಉಡೊ೦ವ್ದಿ
    ಅಲು೦ ದೆ೦ಟೆ ಅನಿಕ್ ಚೂರ್ನ್ ತುಮ್ಕಾ೦ ಬೊರ್ಸುವ್ನ್ ಜಿವೊ೦ಕ್ ಶಿಕೊ೦ವ್ದಿ,
    ಗೊಸಳೆ೦ ಅನಿಕ್ ಪೊಡ್ವೊಳೆ೦ ಮೊಸ್ರಾಚೊ ಶಿರೊ ಪೊಯ್ಸ್ ಕರು೦ವ್ದಿ,
    ಬೆ೦ಡಾ ಅನಿಕ್ ಕುವಳೊ ತುಮ್ಚೆರ್ ಮೊವಳಾಯ್ ಹಾಡು೦ವ್ದಿ,

    ತೊವ್ಶ್ಯಚಿ ಕರ೦ಬ್ ಅನಿಕ್ ತಾ೦ಬ್ಡಿ ಬಜಿ ತುಮ್ಚೆರ್ ತ೦ಡಾಯ್ ಹಾಡು೦ವ್ದಿ
    ಮೊಗೆ೦ ಅನಿಕ್ ಮೂಗ್ ತುಮ್ಚೊ ಮೋಗ್ ಬೊರೊ೦ವ್ದಿ
    ವಾಯ್೦ಗೆ ಅನಿಕ್ ಗುಳ್ಳ ತುಮ್ಚ್ಯಾ ತೊಡಾರ್ ಹಾಸೊ ಹಾಡು೦ವ್ದಿ
    ಪಾತ್ರೊಡೆ ಅನಿಕ್ ಸ

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  • Ashraf, Udyavar / Dubai

    Thu, Sep 8 2011

    Beautiful pics

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  • elias, mumbai

    Thu, Sep 8 2011

    Happy Monthi(MOunt) Saibineche fest(Mount mary) to all the viewers. Also sad to see no photographs of Infant Jesus church Modankaup.

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  • Lavina , Kuwait

    Thu, Sep 8 2011

    Wish you happy Nativity feast to Daiji team.
    Beautiful pictures all around.
    Thank u

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  • Kurt Waschnig, Oldenburg Germany

    Thu, Sep 8 2011

    Thank you Daijiworld for publishing lots of nice photographs and all the information about Monthy Feast.
    I celebrated Monthi Feast three times in Mangalore and I regret not being able to be there.

    Wish you all a very Happy Nativity Feast!



    Best regards



    Kurt Waschnig Oldenburg Germany

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  • R.Fernandes, Mangalore, Muscat

    Thu, Sep 8 2011

    HAPPY NATIVITY FEAST TO ALL. Though I missed to sing "Sokkud Sangatha Melyam" along with my parishioners of Bendur Church for the last 30 years, through DAIJIWORLD I enjoyed every bit of the festivity since last few years. THANK YOU DAIJIWORLD team

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  • Louis D'Souza, Udupi/Kuwait

    Thu, Sep 8 2011

    Wish you all Happy feast. Mother Mary bless us all. Bless our state & our country.

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  • M F Crasta, Vittal/Ashoknagar

    Thu, Sep 8 2011

    Wishing all a happy monthi fest, especially my Vittal parishoners. May mother mary shower her blessings to u all.

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  • Keeth S Noronha, Innanje-Shankerpura/Belgium

    Thu, Sep 8 2011

    ಮಾಗ್ತಾ೦ ತುಮ್ಕಾ೦ ಸೊಮೆಸ್ತಾ೦ಕ್ ಸೊ೦ತೊಸ್ಬರಿತ್ ಮೊ೦ತಿ ಫ಼ೆಸ್ತ್... Happy Mary Nativity Feast to all...

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  • Antony, Udupi

    Thu, Sep 8 2011

    Happy monti feast to all.

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  • VNayak, Mangalore/Switzerland

    Thu, Sep 8 2011

    Essentially the key part of the celebration and preparation is the celebration of the harvest itself.In India the ancient custom of celebrationg the harvest is combined with some religious purpose.Christians may celebrate the harvest along with Mary's birthday and Hindus may combine it with Ganesh Chathurthy. In Kerala all communities celebrate Onam on the same day though Hindus may combine it with the remeberance of Mahabali. In any case it is great to see the new harvest.

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  • Jaison Frank, Mangalore / Bahrain

    Thu, Sep 8 2011

    A very happy feast of the nativity of Mother Mary. May our dear heavenly Mother intercede for all of us.

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  • Vasant Raj, Udupi / Abudhabi.

    Thu, Sep 8 2011

    Happy nativity festival to all..also, nice spectacular video..request you to arrange the Video for Ganesha Shobhayathre.

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  • Sujir Praveen, Udupi / Mangalore

    Thu, Sep 8 2011

    Happy nativity feast to all

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  • Judith L, Mumbai

    Thu, Sep 8 2011

    Wishing All a Very Happy Monti Feast. Thanks Daiji for the wonderful coverage.

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  • Austin Rodrigues, Ajekar

    Thu, Sep 8 2011

    Happy Monti Fest to all!!
    Special thanks to daijiworld!!!

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  • Nelson Ajay Dsouza, Kemmannu/Kodi

    Thu, Sep 8 2011

    Wish you all a Happy Monthi Fest.
    May this feast of Nativity bring peace and unity, of joy and love and Happiness.

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  • Vivian, Dubai

    Thu, Sep 8 2011

    ತುಜೆ ಜಿವಿತ್ ವರ್ನ ಬರಿ ಗೋಡ್, ಕೋಬ ಬರಿ೦ ರುಚಿಕ್, ನಿಸ್ತ್ಯ ಬರಿ೦ ಪರ್ಮಳಿಕ್ ಜಾ೦ವ್ದಿ. ಭಾಗಿ೦ ಮೊಂತಿ ಮಾಯೆಚೆ ಫೆಸ್ತ್ ಮಾಗ್ತ೦. ... ಬಾಳೊಕ್ ಮರಿ ಮಾ೦ಯ್ ಜೆಜುಚಿಂ ಧಾರಳ್ ಬೆಸಾಂವ್ ತುಮ್ಚೆರ್ ಆನಿಂ ತುಮ್ಚ್ಯಾ ಕುಟ್ಮಾಚೆರ್ ವೊತೊ೦ದಿ.

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  • Brian Dsouza, Mangalore,Kulshekar

    Thu, Sep 8 2011

    Awesome pics that too so early... gr8...let it be a fun filled day to all.

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  • HENRY MISQUITH, Bahrain

    Thu, Sep 8 2011

    May this feast of MOTHER MARY be special to you and your loved ones in every way. Let's sing in one voice' sokkod sangatha melyam, sokkod lagim saryam'.Thanks daiji for the beautiful coverage.

    Henry misquith
    M'lore/Bahrain

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  • Royal, Mangalore / Dubai

    Thu, Sep 8 2011

    Happy Mary Nativity Feast to all.....

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  • Melwin, Sastan

    Thu, Sep 8 2011

    Happy feast to all. and nice snaps

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  • Rolan Mathias, Padubidri / Saudi arabia

    Thu, Sep 8 2011

    DEAR ALL DAIJO WORLD READERS,
    HOLY MARY, CHILD SUBLIME, BEAUTIFUL LILY, PLACE YOUR TINY HANDS UPON US AND BLESS US ABUNDANTLY......!! HAPPY FEAST TO YOU ALL.............

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  • Vijay, Bellore/Korea

    Thu, Sep 8 2011

    Happy monthi feast to all...
    Thank u daiji for beautiful pics and coverage..

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  • balanna, Dubai/Mangalore

    Wed, Sep 7 2011

    Great! Very nice to see youg cute children carrying flowers and the discipline followed by the crowd. Happy Monthi Fest to all Daiji readers

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  • roshan, udupi

    Wed, Sep 7 2011

    all daiji readers, happy nativity feast

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  • Asha jyothi, Mangalore

    Wed, Sep 7 2011

    i am plesantly surprised to see my pictute in this page...so fast!  thank you...ashu

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  • robert dsouza, doha

    Wed, Sep 7 2011

    wish you all happy monthi fest...

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  • sabitha dsouza, kuwait

    Wed, Sep 7 2011

    Thank you thank you thank you daijiworld...superb pics..i miss my bendur church this monti fest....happy fest to you all

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  • RP, Mangalore

    Wed, Sep 7 2011

    Wow, Beautiful church,cute children, pretty ladies.Good photography by daiji.
    Happy nativity feast to all.

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