Mangaluru/Udupi: Mellow celebrations mark Nativity Feast across churches

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Daijiworld Media Network - Mangaluru/Udupi

Mangaluru/Udupi, Sep 8: Churches across the coastal districts celebrated the feast of Our Lady of Nativity, or Monthi Fest with joy and devotion. However, due to restrictions owing to coronavirus pandemic, the celebrations were mellow this time.

The feast, marking the birthday of Mother Mary, is celebrated after the nine-day Novena.

In Mangaluru, bishop Dr Peter Saldanha led the Mass at Rosario Cathedral, while in Udupi bishop Dr Gerald Isaac Lobo led the Mass at Mother of Sorrows Church.

Rosario Cathedral, Mangaluru

Mother of Sorrows Church, Udupi

This time, strict safety measures were followed in churches according to government's guidelines. Only a limited number of faithful were allowed inside the churches, and wearing mask was mandatory. All attendees were checked with thermal scanners for temperature and were given hand sanitizers before being allowed inside the church. Children under 10 years and senior citizens above 60 years were not allowed.

Unlike other years, some of the rituals such as procession and offering of flowers by children were absent due to COVID restrictions. However, the faithful were allowed to offer flowers to Mother Mary individually. Strict social distancing was observed inside the churches.  

Monthi Fest has cultural significance. It is a harvest festival for Catholics. The feast food is a variety of vegetarian delicacies from locally grown vegetables. Newly grown rice is part of the feast which is symbolically distributed in churches after blessing.

Mangalureans spread across the globe celebrate this feast with utmost devotion.

Churches in the coastal districts opened for holy Eucharist celebrations after a long gap of five months. The usual Sunday Mass will be held henceforth with strict safety measures in place and as per the official guidelines.


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  • Valson Mendonsa, Mangalore/USA

    Sat, Sep 12 2020

    Happy feast to ...all in home town...

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  • juliana, udupi

    Fri, Sep 11 2020

    All celebrations gone helter skelter due to this merciless disease. Some are enjoying. That is good. Thank God we are still alive.

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  • dk shetty, mangalore

    Tue, Sep 08 2020

    when I was small I used to go with my catholic neighbours to their churches,
    because some of my class mates/Friends were catholic neighbours.

    Its such a joy to go and witness whole ritual of prayer and offerings, thanking divine for his bounty.
    And of course another attraction was sugar cane and sweets.
    They involve in this festival with so much fervour and dedication.
    Amazing experience,

    All the best to my catholic neighbours and friends

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  • Rakesh Dsouza, Mangalore, Dxb

    Tue, Sep 08 2020

    Happy feast to all.

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  • Maurice Menezes, udupi/Dxb

    Tue, Sep 08 2020

    We wish all happy and blissful feast of Nativity of our Blessed Virgin Mary.
    May Mother Mary intercede with her son Jesus to bless all faithful with good health and happiness.

    Maurice Menezes & Family.

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