Nottingham: Joyous Monti Fest Celebrations by MUKA

Nottingham: Joyous Monti Fest Celebrations by MUKA

News: John Peter Fernandes
Daijiworld Media Network – Nottingham (VA)

Nottingham, Sep 12:  Mangalorean United Konkani Association, (MUKA) here celebrated Monti Fest (Nativity of Blessed Virgin Mary) at St Theresa Church on Saturday September 11.

The Holy Mass concelebrated by Fr Michael Gallagher was held at 10.30 am. The ceremony commenced with the blessing of the new corn and honoring of the Blessed Mother was held with the children gathering around the statue of Mother Mary at the church.

As the choir sang the Konkani hymn, 'Moriyek hogolshiyam', the little angels showered beautiful flowers on ‘Mother Mary’.  The readings were read by Deena D’Souza and Ricky Rasquinha. The melodies choir was led by Deepak Alvares and his team which added special devotion and meaning for the celebration.

Followed by the Holy Mass sweets and sugarcane were distributed to children. Later MUKA members gathered in Aspley hall for the day-long programme. The president Jeevan Menezes welcomed the gathering. MUKA members presented some entertaining skits such as ‘Konkani Mantri’ by John and Vincent shared jokes to keep the audience engaged.

The cultural programmes included songs by Pius Rasquinha, Conrad Aranha and Julian Noronha, group song by MUKA team and dance by Melvia and Jessica Aranha. Milk flavored with the blessed new kernels of rice was served and later all enjoyed a traditional vegetarian food served on banana leaves.

Games were conducted for children such as lucky birthday and painting competition. Prizes and certificates were handed over to the winners.  Housie-Housie was conducted by Stany Sequeira and Vincy Dsouza.  Joyce Aranha thanked the gathering for making the day a very special one and gratefully acknowledged the efforts of all who dedicated their precious time to prepare the traditional novem jevan. Jessica Aranha was the main host of the programm

Top Stories

Comment on this article

  • Vinay D'souza, Shirva / Dubai

    Mon, Sep 13 2010

    Boro dis magtan Nottingham garank.monthi saibiniche ashirwad tumcha kutmanth sadanch asondi,Ami gavanth Chocolate vanthav. thumi uknth Kobu Vanthat.. greate.

    DisAgree Agree Reply Report Abuse

  • Ashok D'sa, Manipal/Kuwait

    Mon, Sep 13 2010

    Wishing all MUKA Members a Happy Montifest, so good to see my friends and kids. Congratulations.

    DisAgree Agree Reply Report Abuse

  • Arun Pinto, Mangalore / Dubai

    Mon, Sep 13 2010

    Wow! Lovely pictures. Thank you very much Daijiworld for bringing beautiful photos of "Monti Fest" Celebration in U.K. Your publishing of photos made me not to miss the fest. Happy feast to all the MUKA members.May Mother Mary Bless all of you.

    DisAgree Agree Reply Report Abuse

  • Ganesh Shenoy , mumbai/Muscat

    Mon, Sep 13 2010

    Its seems that you all had a very homely lovely day..especially having sugar cane and eating in banana leaves does attract very much...All the best MUKA and Stany Sequiera...STANY we r misSing you in MUSCAT..

    DisAgree Agree Reply Report Abuse

Leave a Comment

Title : Nottingham: Joyous Monti Fest Celebrations by MUKA


You have 2000 characters left.


Please write your correct name and email address. Kindly do not post any personal, abusive, defamatory, infringing, obscene, indecent, discriminatory or unlawful or similar comments. will not be responsible for any defamatory message posted under this article.

Please note that sending false messages to insult, defame, intimidate, mislead or deceive people or to intentionally cause public disorder is punishable under law. It is obligatory on Daijiworld to provide the IP address and other details of senders of such comments, to the authority concerned upon request.

Hence, sending offensive comments using daijiworld will be purely at your own risk, and in no way will be held responsible.

Security Validation

Enter the characters in the image