Mangalore: Devotion, Prayers, Mark Monthi Fest Celebrations


Mangalore: Devotion, Prayers, Mark Monthi Fest Celebrations

Pics by Dayanand Kukkaje & Ganesh Perla
Daijiworld Media Network – Mangalore (SP)

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Mangalore, Sep 8: September 8 happens to be the birth anniversary of Holy Mary, or ‘Monti’ in local parlance. The occasion, the ‘Feast of Immaculate Conception’ celebrated elsewhere in the world on the occasion of the Nativity of Mary, is celebrated as ‘Monti Fest’ by the Konkani-speaking Christian populace present predominantly in Coastal Karnataka.

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.

 

 


(Valencia Church, Mangalore)


(Bendore Church, Mangalore)


(Milagres Church, Mangalore)

 

On September 8, the Catholics consume only vegetarian meal, known as ‘Nove Jevan (New Meal)’. 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 children shower flowers on Mother Mary’s statue at the church. 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.

Monti Fest is gaining popularity all over the globe these days, as it is celebrated in every town where the population of Konkani-speaking people is sizeable. Singing of hymns, ‘Sakkad Sangatha Melyam’ and ‘Moriyek Hogolsyam’ has been an inherent part of Monti Fest. The people feel blessed and blissful by paying obeisance to Mother Mary on her birth anniversary.

One of the earliest Monti Fests was celebrated at Milagres Church in the city in 1906. Even the busiest of people take time off to be a part of the procession, to hail Monti’s kindness and get divine blessings, on ‘Monti Fest’.

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  • mervin vas, kankanady

    Fri, Sep 10 2010

    thanq so much daiji!!! for this excellent photography..capturing our best n finest hours of..togetherness.. spirituality.. in such a clarity..its amazing.
    browsing thru these beautiful images makes me senti!!& puts me right in the middle of those beautiful processions..god bless u..carry on the good work..

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  • felix moras, Angelore, Mangalore

    Wed, Sep 8 2010

    very good coverage, tnx daiji & Walty, melwyn & team.
    somehow i din't feel good that people/devotess walking on the flowers which been offered to our mother mary... what readers say?

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  • Reginald Santhmayer, Renjala / Karkala / Vasai

    Wed, Sep 8 2010

    Happy Monti Feast to all & thank u daiji workd for the beautifull pictures of monti feast celeberation all over manglore

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  • joprashanth veigas, abudhabi,manjeshwara,vorkady

    Wed, Sep 8 2010

    i wish all Happy nativity feast...nice picture.. i miss this celabertaion....Happy monthi fest

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  • Marlon, Mangalore\Canada

    Wed, Sep 8 2010

    Very good coverage,brings back a whole lot of wonderful memories.happy feast to all.

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  • Suraj Rebello, Puttur - Sharjah - UAE

    Wed, Sep 8 2010

    ಭಾಗಿ-ಸುಖಿ-ಸಂತೋಸ್ಭಾರಿತ್ ಮೊಂತಿ ಮಾಯೆಚಿ ಫೆಸ್ತ್" .

    ಮರಿ ಮಾಂಯ್ ತುಮ್ಕಾಂ, ಗುಣಾನಿ ಭೊರೊಂ, ದೆಣ್ಯಾಂನಿ ಭೊರೊಂ ಸಾಂಗಾತಾ ತುಮ್ಚ್ಯಾ ವಯ್ಲಿಂ ಸರ್ವ್ ವಿಘ್ನಾ-ಆನ್ವಾರಾಂ ವೊರೊಂ.
    ತುಮಿಂ ದರ್‌ಲ್ಲಿಂ ಆನಿ ದರ್ಚಿಂ ಸರ್ವ್ ಕಾಮಾಂ ಆನಿ ಕಾರ್ಯಿಂ ಜಯ್ತ್ ಆನಿ ಯಶಸ್ವಿ ಜೊಡೊಂ

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  • Leena Martis, Mangalore

    Wed, Sep 8 2010

    Wish u all happy feast

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  • Sandeep Nayak, Mangalore

    Wed, Sep 8 2010

    Color full procession ,beautiful Flowers and the decoration.and Happy feast to all my Christain friends...

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  • VINCENT PINTO, BELTHANGADY(DOHA QATAR)

    Wed, Sep 8 2010

    ಸಕ್ಕಡ್ ಮೊಜಾ ಭ್ಹಾವಾ೦/ಭ್ಹಯ್ಣಾ೦ಕ್/ಭುರ್ಗಯಾ೦/ಬಾಳಾ೦ಕ್ ಏಕ್ ಸ೦ತೊಸ್ಭರಿತ್ ಮೊ೦ತಿ ಸಾಯ್ಭಿಣಿ೦ಚೆ೦ ಫ್ಹೆಸ್ತ ಮಗ್ತ೦.

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  • sweety, mangalore

    Wed, Sep 8 2010

    happy feast to all....... have a nice day..

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  • Reyan, Kuwait

    Wed, Sep 8 2010

    All the children are as beautiful as the Flowers. Happy Feast to you all..!

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  • Deepak Dsilva Paladka, Paladka

    Wed, Sep 8 2010

    Very nice pictures and coverage. We miss our native place very much during this Monti fest. We miss our families too during the feast.Thanks Daiji for the wonderful s.

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  • viola lobo, bondel/kuwait

    Wed, Sep 8 2010

    Thanks for the lovely pictures daji ......wish u all happy monthi feast ...........i missed this occassion tdy ...........reminds me abt our family ....miss my home at lot ...........

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  • Ronald, Mangalore

    Wed, Sep 8 2010

    Wishing all a very Happy Nativity Feast. Pray to mother Mary and ask the blessings you need. I am sure shee will grant it for you. Remember you should have faith. It is not just you remember her when you are in need. Keep in touch with her and Jesus via rosery and prayers. Prayer is the one that does not cost you anything but gives rewards / blessings.

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  • Simon Francis Lasrado, Sullia/Bangalore

    Wed, Sep 8 2010

    Very nice to see many parishioners and children participate in this traditional harvest festival that is Monthi Saibinichem Festh in different churches of Mangalore in a grand way.Special thanks to daijiworld.com for publishing this event,Ganesh Perla and Dayanand Kukkaje for their wonderful images.

    ತುಮ್ಚೆ೦ ಜಿವಿತ್ ವೊರ್ನ೦ ಬೊರಿ ಗೋಡ್
    ಕೊಬಾ ಬೊರಿ ರುಚಿಕ್
    ಅನಿಕ್ ರಾ೦ದಯ್ಚ್ಯಾ ನಿಸ್ತ್ಯಾ ಬೊರಿ
    ಪೊರ್ಮೊಳಿಕ್ ಜಾ೦ವ್ದಿ
    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 

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  • STALIN MISQUITH, MANGALORE/BAHRAIN

    Wed, Sep 8 2010

    LET'S SING.....SOKKOD SANGATHA MELYAM ANI SOKKOD LAAGIM SORYAM. THANKS DAIJI FOR THE COVERAGE. WISH YOU ALL THE READERS OF DAIJI AND MANGALOREAN FRIENDS AND FAMILIES MONTHI FEST, A FEAST OF NATIVITY. HAVE A NICE DAY.

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  • Doreen Machado, Mangalore/ Sharjah

    Wed, Sep 8 2010

    Happy Monthi Fest to all DaijiWorld readers, and to the editor Mr. Walter and his team. The pictures are so beautiful. All churches have organized the feast so well with children offering flowers. So happy to have Mother Mary as our Mother. Truly miss the divine celebrations.

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  • Fredrick Correa, Nairobi, Kenya

    Wed, Sep 8 2010

    It was sheer joy when we were small to go to various places to pluck the flowers and throw them inside the church during the verse of the hymn "THANCHO EK MUKUT GUNTHIAN ANIM MAEK DIVHYAN" Nice to note that the tradition is being carried out. Keep it up!

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  • Clara Lewis, Tallur/Kemmannu

    Wed, Sep 8 2010

    Happy Feast to all,
    The Monti fest is celebrated along with harvest festival (Nove) by catholic community in coastal region of Karnataka, the first produce(crop) of the year is blessed in the church by priest and distributed among parisioners, is consumed with greatness by thanking the Lord Almighty for all the graces and blessings showering upon them through out the year. In our childhood the three local bands use to play in every christian houses in the village of Tallur, Kundapur Taluk, and in the evening in the church compound sports and games competions were held, infact the day was filled with happiness and joy.

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  • John Pinto, Chickmagalur/ Doha

    Wed, Sep 8 2010

    Thank you Daiji World ,Mr Walter and his team for covering Montifest Celebrations . We appreciate your hard work to cover the events in every town and village possible and to keep alive the spirit of "Monti Fest" in our Hearts and Minds , though we live away from our homes. Wishing you all Happy Monti Fest.

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  • Judith L, Mumbai

    Wed, Sep 8 2010

    Wishing all a very Happy Nativity Feast. The pictures show it is the right time to be in Mangalore.

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  • Theodore & Shalet Castelino, Kanajar/ Doha Qatar

    Wed, Sep 8 2010

    Very beautiful pictures reminds us of last year, we were the part of this beatiful 'nativity feast'.We wish all avery happy nativity feast.Thanks to daiji world.

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  • Alwyn Lobo, Mangalore - USA

    Wed, Sep 8 2010

    Lord God,the day of our salvation dawned when the Blessed Virgin gave birth to your Son. As we celebrate her nativity grant us your grace and your peace. Through Christ our Lord, Amen.
    Many miracles happened and every day Mother Mary is taking care of me and my family. Rosary is the best way to keep touch with Mother Mary and she will Love and take care of every one who have faith on her and ask help from her. She will never say NO to any one in their true need. I do remember my childhood, after school we use to collect flowers and always trying to be there to shower flowers to Baby Mary. Thanks to Daijiworld for bring up this event and reminding to all of us our faith and our childhood.

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  • Prakash Fernandes, Uppunda/Calicut

    Tue, Sep 7 2010

    i wish all Happy nativity feast...nice picture.. i miss this celabertaion....Happy monthi fest

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  • Pearl D'Silva, Mangalore/Bangalore

    Tue, Sep 7 2010

    It feels like am a part of the procession!Beautiful pictures. Reminds me of my childhood days when I used to offer flowers with the other kids to Mother Mary and after mass collect the sugarcane.Thanks a lot Daiji for the beautiful pictures.

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