Mangalore / Udupi: Thousands flock to churches on Feast of Nativity


Pics by Dayananda Kukkaje
Daijiworld Media Network - Mangalore

Mangalore / Udupi, Sep 8: The Catholics flocked to churches across the district in huge numbers in celebration of the feast of Nativity or Monthi Fest, marking the birthday of Mother Mary.

World over, this day is celebrated as the feast of Immaculate Conception. The Konkani Christians, apart from paying obeisance to Mother Mary, also celebrate the festival of the new corn (harvest) on this day.

The faithful thronged churches in processions, dressed in colourful attires, with people carrying flowers in baskets and paddy. Churches at Bendore, Milagres, Valencia, Urwa, Bejai, Kulshekar and everywhere else wore a festive look, brimming with devotees and resounding with traditional hymns.

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A series of 9 Novenas to the Blessed Virgin Mary are recited on a daily basis, at the end of which children offer flowers in a ceremonious manner at the grotto of Mother Mary. Sweets are distributed to all the children on the novena days.

The paddy or first grain is brought to the Altar in a procession and blessed by the priest. The offertory procession includes the statue of Mother Mary, sugarcane, vegetables, flowers, fruits, bread and wine.
The blessed paddy and sugarcanes are then taken home by the people. The grains are crushed at home, added to milk, and served to the family members.

It is also an occasion for get-togethers, with members of the family sharing a festal lunch comprising sumptuous vegetarian dishes. Mangalorean Catholics celebrate this festival with great fervour, no matter which part of the world they are in.

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  • Cyril W. Vas, Bangalore

    Tue, Sep 16 2014

    World over, this day is celebrated as the feast of Immaculate Conception.

    May I draw your kind attention to the above lines. The Feast of Immaculate Conception of B.V.M. is universally celebrated on December 8 and not on September 8 as you have reported!

    On September 8 the Church celebrates the Nativity of B.V.M. which is also a popular feast among Konkani speaking Catholic community known as Monthi Fest.

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  • joe Gonsalves, Mangalore

    Tue, Sep 09 2014

    NATIVITY of Our Lady is observed with great fervor not only in Mangalore but almost all over the world. This co-insides with the HARVEST FESTIVAL. It is wonderful to see little children gathering round the statue of Infant Mary with flowers which they offer to Our Lady with great excitement.

    When a little child I too recall taking the flowers in a plate for the purpose. However now tiny rattan basket have replaced the plates.

    By this token I wish all Daiji readers a VERY HAPPY MONTH FEST. may our Lady guide and protect us.

    Joe Gonsalves

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  • A. S. Mathew, U.S.A.

    Tue, Sep 09 2014

    Beautiful and inspiring pictures.

    Special thanks to those non-Christian friends for their touching comments.

    In Koran, Mother Mary is mentioned 26 times, more than any other woman in Koran.

    Wishing a happy feast of Nativity.

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  • Rita, Germany

    Tue, Sep 09 2014

    All you dear near and far ones,friends,relatives and to Christian or other Religion,wish all of you a happy feast of nativity.wishing everyone peace,prosperity and all the best.we here will be celebrating it on 13th of this month Mangalore Christian community with Goans ,and some other Indians and even Germans.

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  • Evans Christopher Sumitra, Udupi, Dubai, New York, USA.

    Mon, Sep 08 2014

    This Feast of Nativity comes once a year and the pictures clicked by Dayananda Kukkaje shows how the people are enjoying the festival. A very happy Monthi Feast to all around the world.God bless.

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  • Valerian Dsouza, Udupi/Mumbai

    Mon, Sep 08 2014

    Happy feast of Nativity.
    Thank you everyone,
    Specially those who don't celebrate, Yet wished us.
    They are happy in OUR HAPPINESS, true sharing!
    Again thanks to one and all.
    May Mother Mary pray for all of us and bless us all DAIJIWORLD FRIENDS.

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  • Dora Noronha, Padubidri

    Mon, Sep 08 2014

    Wish you all a Happy Nativity feast

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  • sid, mangalore

    Mon, Sep 08 2014

    Happy Feast . God bless

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  • Dr. Cajetan Coelho, Goa, India

    Mon, Sep 08 2014

    Happy feast to all.

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  • KRPrabhu, Bangalore

    Mon, Sep 08 2014

    Excellent coverage by DW on Feast of Nativity.In Tulu we used to call it as 'Koral Parba' To see the snaps childrens and elders holding 'Koral' and flowers walking towards church is so sootghing to eyes.On the other hand this is the most auspicious day for Hindus especially in Karnataka where it is more populor to see temples are decorated and Lord Ananta is worshipped in all temples.This is the days day dedicated to Shesha naga as per blessings of Lord Vishnu as per legends.
    Greetings and and good wishes to all on this auspicious occasion.....
    Thanks pnce again to DW for nice coverage....

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  • PEDDU, MANGALURU

    Mon, Sep 08 2014

    MONTHI FEST OR MOTHER MARY BDAY CELEBRATIONS !!!

    UNIT AS ONE

    GOD BLESS ALL

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  • Lancy Henry Moras (LHM), Moushmi Creations, Bajjodi

    Mon, Sep 08 2014

    ಸಮೇಸ್ತಾಂಕ್ ಮೊಂತಿ ಫೆಸ್ತಾಚೆ ಉಲ್ಲಾಸ್.

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  • simple, bangalore

    Mon, Sep 08 2014

    Wishing all Catholic Christians A Very Holy Nativity Feast.
    May Mother Mary Bless every human being with good health, cheer, togetherness and most of all peace.

    I especially thank Jeevan, Mangalore, Sachidananda Shetty, Mundkur, Anant Prabhu, Lingappa, Sandesh Shetty and the one and only R. Bhadarkarmam, Mangalore for their thoughtful wishes. Appreciated very much. Thank you and May God Bless You all.
    Also to KRPrabhu..

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  • Hubert D'souza, Mangalore Dubai

    Mon, Sep 08 2014

    I Wish To All ,Happy Feast Of Nativity.Mother Mary Pray For Us.

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  • R.Bhandarkar, M'lore

    Mon, Sep 08 2014

    Happy Feast of Nativity all my dears.
    All my Christian friends and there
    are lots and lots! I can name particularly the pretty ones from Morning till Night!
    Loveena's Paa -I remember you too on this day.
    Lovee to you and all of us May Mother Mary Bless.

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  • Sylvester Suares, Agrar-Bantwal/Mumbai

    Mon, Sep 08 2014

    Indeed a great day today Birthday of our most adorable Mother Mary being celebrated all over the world with so much devotion to our Blessed Mother.Dear Mother Mary pray for peace in the world.

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  • A I DIAS, BARKUR/MUMBAI

    Mon, Sep 08 2014

    Happy Feast

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  • Sandesh Shetty, Jeppu/Bangalore

    Mon, Sep 08 2014

    Wishing all our Konkani Christians a Happy Feast of Nativity... :)

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  • jesse, mangalore/ireland

    Mon, Sep 08 2014

    I remember when we were kids used to rob flowers from our neighbours and we were busy collecting different types of flowers and our elder brothers arranging in a plastic bowl and preparing us for the next day.and we were happy to recieve sugar cane, really i miss those days. and tears roll out, thinking the affection and love of our parents siblings,neighbours those days.happy feast to all of us.and still i remember, when our paddy fields were ruined. and my father prayed secretely to mother mary and the answer to my dads prayer was instant, he saw next day a big cobra snake which was distroying the paddy fields died on the road side after a truck crushed his head under the tyre. By this we can make out mother mary is still alive and walking among us interceeding for us. happy feast for all of u.

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  • Dev, Mangalore

    Mon, Sep 08 2014

    Memories are Golden.
    But I would like to correct the wrong belief of cobra destroying paddy fields.
    Cobras are friends of farmer as they eat rats which destroy paddy fields.
    I think you were afraid to venture into the field where it was residing.

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  • Lingappa, Kuppepadavu/Amsterdam

    Mon, Sep 08 2014

    Best wishes to one and all on Feast of Nativity.

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  • Ananth Prabhu, Mangalore

    Mon, Sep 08 2014

    Happy feast to all :) We may have different religions, different languages, different colored skin, but we all belong to one human race. The oneness of human beings is the basic ethical thread that holds us together. Share whatever is common, celebrate the differences. Be United. #StayBlessed

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  • Flavian, Mangalore/Kuwait

    Mon, Sep 08 2014



    Watching all these cute, innocent kids enjoying the festive mood, my memories flashed backed to the child wood days being spent joyously in the company of so many child wood friends. Ages have been flown away but the sweet memories of the past are still fresh like the fragrance of the flowers.
    Wishing all our Christian community a Happy Feast Day of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary!

    The joy of the Fest and bond of family/friendly love be with you always.

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  • praveen, kulshekar

    Mon, Sep 08 2014

    Thank you all for the wishes on the feast of Nativity.. Mother Mary bless all those who disagree with the comments wishing on your feast

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  • Francis, Moodbidri/Dubai

    Mon, Sep 08 2014

    I wish you all A Happy Feast of Nativity, May the blessed Virgin bless us ALL.

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  • Walter Tauro, Madanthyar/Dombivli

    Mon, Sep 08 2014

    Happy Monti Fest to One and All,

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  • Max & Jessie Rasquinha, Mangalore, Houston/Dallas, Texas

    Mon, Sep 08 2014

    Watching from a long distance in the deep Baltic Sea the Nativity rituals, flowers and festivals. Wishing you all best of everyrthing for a joyous Nativity. Have fun

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  • Praveen V, Mangalore

    Mon, Sep 08 2014

    Wish You all Happy Feast of the Nativity of Blessed Virgin Mother Mary..

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  • OZY, KANNADA KUDRU,SANTEKATTE, DUBAI

    Mon, Sep 08 2014

    HAPPY MONTI FEST TO ONE AND ALL.
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MOTHER MARY, IT IS A GREAT DAY FOR OUR PEOPLE TO CELEBRATE THE MOTHER MARY'S BDAY WITH THIS HARVEST FEAST.
    MOTHER MARY WILL GUIDE EACH AND EVERY ONE, PRAY TO GOD TO GIVE US THE DAILY BREAD, ASK GOD TO GIVE OUR FARMERS GOOD HEALTH, TIMELY RAIN AND ALL NEEDY THINGS BCOZ THE FARMERS ARE OUR REAL HEROES OF THE DAY FOR EACH AND EVERY ONE.LET US ENJOY THIS GREAT DAY PRAISING THE ALMIGHTY FOR BETTER DAYS IN FUTURE.

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  • Alwyn, mlore

    Mon, Sep 08 2014

    Happy feast to all our christian community..
    may you blossom like these beautiful flowers and spread the fragrance to your family, neighborhood and society..
    oh i miss my childhood days, the joy of plucking flowers early morning, the beauty of offering coluorful flowers to mother Mary, resonance of hymns, innocent hearts in devotion..
    today i see my childhood in those happy children in above pictures..
    Happy feast to all !!

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  • Ashok, Mangalore

    Mon, Sep 08 2014

    Heart filled to see such beautiful pictures. Those colourful flowers, the children in colourful dresses, the Paddy and the monsoon climate. Thanks for that Daiji. Happy Monti Fest to all our Christian freinds. May God bless all on this earth.

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  • Vasant Raj, Mangalore / Abudhabi

    Mon, Sep 08 2014

    Wishes on Feast of Nativity.

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  • Sachidanand Shetty, Mundkur/Dubai

    Mon, Sep 08 2014

    It’s nice to see all children are in colour full dress carrying beautiful flower baskets… Ladies and Gentlemen dressed in very sensible manner with smiling faces all around with religious fervor too. What else you need to enjoy the day by forgetting all hard works of khareef season, sorrow and pain they suffered by few too. I wish all our readers “A very Happy Monthi Fest”

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  • Judith L, MUMBAI

    Mon, Sep 08 2014

    Happy Monti Fest to All. May the blessed Virgin bless us, our families and our community.

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  • jeevan, mangalore

    Mon, Sep 08 2014

    I wish you all A Happy Feast of Nativity...

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