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Mangaluru: Thousands venerate Mother Mary on Nativity Feast in coastal districts

Pics: Dayanand Kukkaje/Spoorthi Ullal/Umesh Marpalli

Daijiworld Media Network – Mangaluru (RJP)

Mangaluru, Sep 8: Churches in city and within Dakshina Kannada districts brimmed with thousands of faithful on Friday September 8 as the feast of Our Lady of Nativity is being celebrated.

The feast, popularly known as Monti Fest in Konkani, is observed after the nine-day Novena. Children were seen offering flowers to Mother Mary during the Novena that began on August 30.

Udupi and Kasargod districts too observed the feast with devotion.

Rosario Cathedral, Mangaluru

St Lawrence Church, Bondel 

Mother of Sorrows Church in Udupi

The feast, marking the birthday of Mother Mary, is celebrated throughout world by Catholics.

In Mangaluru region, which includes Dakshina Kannada, Udupi and Kasargod districts, Monti Fest has cultural significance. It is a harvest festival for them. The feast food is a variety of vegetarian delicacies from locally grown vegetables. Newly grown rice is part of the food today which is symbolically distributed in churches after blessing.

Mangalureans spread across the globe celebrate this feast with utmost devotion. Mangalurean Catholics are known for Marian devotion for centuries.


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  • THERESA LOBO, Mukamar,Sharjah - U.A.E.

    Sat, Sep 9 2017

    Happy Feast to you all. Mother Mary Pray for all us.

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  • Sr. Leeda Fernandes., Bellore-Denmark

    Fri, Sep 8 2017

    Wishing You all happy Monthi Fest. May Mother Mary bless and keep, happy, healthy to all the people in theWorld. And bless the World with Peace. Nice to see the children with flowers.

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  • Max and Jessie Rasquinha, Mangalore, Houston/Dallas, texas

    Fri, Sep 8 2017

    Feast of Nativity is a great Feast to recollect the past. Those were the simple days more than seventy years ago when Nativity had simple little flowers to display, simple clothes to wear, simple lunch with variety of simple vegetables on the table and much more. In the olden days, it was the duty of the "Goorkhaar" to bring the new crop to bring that is sufficient for his or her ward. Our father was old hence we had to visit many closeby farmers and beg for their little contribution. My father was not able to walk to the church hence we had to walk with him slowly to the church since we had no money to spare for the taxi while rickshaw was not in existence. My father's name was called by the Padre Vigar at Valencia Church along with other "Goorkhaars", and we had to talk with him slowly to the altar and receive our blessed corn in public.

    After feast was a grand lunch with lots of Nativity hymns to sing and march to the dining place ceremoniously. It was a ritual for us every year to receive a basket full of vegetables and rice from Pezaar that wee gracefully accepted and used for the Nativity feast.

    Those were the days to recollect and still enjoy the glorious and yet simple past. This year our Nativity in Texas is slightly different from the rest. Still recovering from the Hurricane Harvey disaster that has hit the entire City of Houston, while we are once again threatened by 3 more larger Hurricanes hitting our neighbors in Florida. This is the year of prayers, prayers for our safety and security, and also a year of prayer for Peace and Harmony.

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  • Declan, Mumbai

    Fri, Sep 8 2017

    Most Blessed Virgin mother of our Lord Jesus we implore you obtain God's special protection for all of us in these very troubling times. Happy and peaceful feast to all.

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  • AnoNymouS, Mangalore

    Fri, Sep 8 2017

    Somesthank Bhorem Fest magthavn!!

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  • Wilban Dsouza, Sharjah

    Fri, Sep 8 2017

    Wishing you and your family a blessed feast of Nativity andMay Mother Mary intercede for you and your family always!!!

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    Fri, Sep 8 2017

    ತುಮ್ಕಾಂ ಸಮೆಸ್ತಾಂಕ್ ಸಂತೊಸ್ ಭರಿತ್ ಮೊಂತಿ ಫೆಸ್ತ್ ಆನಿಂ ತಶೆಂಚ್ ಕುಟ್ಮಾಚೆಂ ಫೆಸ್ತ್ ಮಾಗ್ತಾಂ.. ಬಾಳೊಕ್ ಮರಿ ತುಮ್ಕಾಂ ಸರ್ವ್ ಭೆಸಾವಾಂನಿ ಭರೊಂದಿ ಆನಿ ತುಮ್ಚ್ಯಾ ಕುಟ್ಮಾಕ್ ರಾಕೊನ್ ವ್ಹರೊಂದಿ ಮ್ಹಣೊನೀ ಹಾಂವ್ ಮಾಗ್ತಾಂ.. 💐🌺🌻🌷🌼🌹🌸

    Wishing you a very happy feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Monthi Fest).. May our heavenly mother intercede for us all.. enjoy the festival.. May almighty Lord bless you all through our Virgin Mary.. Have a Blessed day ahead.. 💐🌺🌻🌷🌼🌹🌸

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  • -Sharp Shooter -,

    Fri, Sep 8 2017

    Happy feast.

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  • Ronald Rajesh Pinto, Angola/, Bajpe

    Fri, Sep 8 2017

    Mother Mary Pray for us, wish you happy feast all...........................

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  • clement Monteiro, Bantwal/Afghanistan

    Fri, Sep 8 2017

    Mother Mary Pray For Us.... Happy Feast All.........

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  • J.F.D SOUZA, Attavar, Mangalore

    Fri, Sep 8 2017


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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Fri, Sep 8 2017

    Mother Mary pray for us ...

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