Auckland: NZ Mangalorean Inc. Celebrates Monthi Fest


NZ Mangalorean Inc. celebrates Monthi Fest in Auckland

Report by: The team at NZ Mangalorean Inc.
Pics by: Gyanendra Prakash

Auckland, Sep 14: NZ Mangalorean Inc.celebrated the Monthi Fest in Auckland on 11th September 2010 at the Mt Eden War Memorial Hall in traditional Mangalorean style!  This year, a warm welcome was extended to other communities as well.The basic idea was to share our Mangalorean culture with people from other communities. ‘Dev boren korun’ to all our guests (around 350 people) from different walks of life who graced this occasion.   We also had a few dignitaries who joined us in the celebration.    It was a classic opportunity wherein we demonstrated our core values as one family (‘Ek Kutaamb’) as we all got together to venerate our Blessed Mother.

The ambience was just right- the Mount Eden War Memorial Hall was bedecked with kobu (sugarcane) and palm leaves to symbolise the harvest festival...coincidently it is the beginning of spring in NZ!! The kurpons, dois, thodpe, chembu,saalne, thondors, kanthne,nivne, batti, marble soda batlyos and kolsos  added to the decor, giving it a true Mangalorean feel! Thanks to everyone who helped decorate the hall.


































An introduction about the significance of Monthi Fest was conveyed both in Konkani and English.

The celebration commenced with a mass in Konkani con-celebrated by Fr. Ephraim, Fr. Raphael and Fr. Sebastian Fernandes, being the main celebrant. The homily given by Fr. Sebastian conveyed a very clear message of the importance of “Family”. Fr Sebastian also stressed on the importance of parents spending time with their children, especially in this busy world!  The mass was graced with our melodious Konkani choir.

After the Eucharistic celebration, a delicious drink of richly flavoured milk mixed with noven was distributed to all.

The festivities began with our President welcoming the gathering. He introduced NZ Mangalorean Inc. and its objective as a community establishment, it’s ideals and values and the necessity to keep our Mangalorean traditions alive.

The Konkani songs, traditional Mangalorean dance by the young ones, the magic show, various Konkani skits and housie kept our guests entertained.

The highlight of the day was the traditional noven jevann served on shirothis. The spread on offer was red boiled rice, sprouted moong, french beans, channa tendli, jackfruit, cabbage, pumpkin, guvar, karamb and mixed vegetable curry along with pickle and salt! The meal was complete with delicious vorn .

The programme concluded by a vote of thanks by our Vice-President who thanked all the volunteers who assisted in making this event a roaring success. He reiterated the importance of not forgetting our traditions and roots, and the importance of integrating into the society that we live in.

Special thanks to the Mt. Roskill and Avondale Community Boards (Auckland City Council) for partly sponsoring the event.

Comment on this article

  • Mel, Auckland

    Fri, Sep 17 2010

    @ Vivian- Renny
    Thanks for comments
    You guys live in middle east or India( hot weather condition)- when compare that climate to NZ weather you may not comment about bare foot- You guys bear in mind about weather condition before comment about bare foot
    Thanks

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  • Alfred Gomes, Mangalore

    Fri, Sep 17 2010

    Great to see our Mangis perform in a country that sees the sun rise the first.
    God Bless you all.

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  • Renny Lobo (Rodrigues), Gurpur Kaikamba/ Abu Dhabi

    Thu, Sep 16 2010

    Congratulations to all NZ Mangaloreans. Well done..committee members. Very happy to see the festive mood and celebrations are preserved in NZ e.g food served on 'Shirothi' (banana leaves) but as mentioned by Vivian Pinto, food be served barefooted.

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  • Mel, NZ Auckland

    Thu, Sep 16 2010

    Thanks for your comments, If you live in place where temperature around 10 deg you may not comment about barefoot

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  • Godwin Rodrigues, Bandra , Mumbai

    Thu, Sep 16 2010

    Good to see that the Monthi fest celebrations are well preserved. Especially it was nice to see the snaps of people sitting on the floor and having 'Noven- Jovan' on the banana leaves. More important is that you'all thought of it.

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  • Cheryl & Ralph Gonsalves, Perth, Australia

    Wed, Sep 15 2010

    Dearest Chrisyl, Ronald and Shane
    Great to see all of you in the pictures and keep up the good work. May Infant Mary bless you and all those involved in putting up such a beautiful celebration.
    Lots of Love - Cheryl, Ralph, Sheldon and Ethan

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  • jane, Mangalore.

    Wed, Sep 15 2010

    Well done.Keep up the good work and the tradition.Congratulations to you NZ Mangaloreans .Shane You look so cute!.God bless you all.

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  • jane, Mangalore.

    Wed, Sep 15 2010

    Well done.Keep up the good work and the tradition.Congratulations to you NZ Mangaloreans .Shane You look so cute!.

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  • naveen kulshekar, Mumbai

    Wed, Sep 15 2010

    vhorto sontos bhoglo,tumi newzealendant amchem konknni monthi fest acharon korun konknni maiek sontos dila tea katir tumkam hogllik favo!ek upkar magtam ki tumi tumchea bhurgeam lagim konknni uloeat romi lipint konknniborounk xikoeat, tumkam sorv borem magtam.mori mai tumcher aplem ani aplea outachem besanv votundi.

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  • Vera Alvares, Mumbai

    Wed, Sep 15 2010

    Congratulations NZ Mangaloreans!Looks like a Monthi Fest in Mangalore itself......The hard work and the oneness of spirit shows in the pictures. Keep up the unity and love!

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  • Grationdsouza, Kulshekar / Mangalore

    Wed, Sep 15 2010

    Mojya mogachank,

    Monti fest tumi borya tharan ani apurbayen acharsilam, konkan karvaleso sugandh udenticha NZ th prasarla tumkam worthi shabaski pavo. Mori mai tumchem jivith Moava porim ruchik, koba porim god and kalyam pori pormolik korundhi and tmukam bol bolaiki and santos asa korundhi.

    Borem santosborith Fest magtam.

    grationdsouza@gmail.com

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  • Sylvia D'Souza, Mangalore / Bangalore

    Wed, Sep 15 2010

    It was lovely to get this mail from my niece & her family, settled in NZ. Good to see the celebration of Monthije Fest @ NJ. Vow! God Bless you all.

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  • Leena Fernandes, Kuwait

    Wed, Sep 15 2010

    Wishing all mangalorean in Auckland "Happy Nativity Feast". Edward, I am very happy to see you acting. Keep up the great job. Vera, Edson and Verrell, nice pic. Happy to see all Mangaloreans with Traditional feast with Traditional attire. It looks like the Programme was mind blowing.

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  • S J D'Souza, Melbourne

    Tue, Sep 14 2010

    Congratulations to the teamwork in NZ. Looks like you folks had a loving and meaningful celebration. May our divine mother shower her blessings on you and yours.

    @ Vivian Pinto - yes traditionally food is served barefoot and footwear removed while eating. But sometimes tradition has to give in to practicality! Here in Australia we have just moved to Spring with maximum temperature ranging from 13 to 14 degrees. I’m sure it’s the same in NZ. Walking barefoot on cold floors in not the best option!

    Well done my good neighbours!

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  • RTN MICHAEL MATHIAS SHIRVA ROTARY, PILAR SHIRVA

    Tue, Sep 14 2010

    all mangalorean in auckland wish u happy nativity feast
    tumche jivit orna bori god,kobua bari ruchik,nisthya bari pormalik,fula bari sobit zanvdi,"bhagi monthi mayechi porab"tumka" magta rtn michael mathias shirva

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  • Vivian Pinto, Bijai Kapikad/Dubai

    Tue, Sep 14 2010

    P N as tradition food should served barefooted & footwear should be removed while eating

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  • Lancelot N Tauro, Mangalore/Doha Qatar

    Tue, Sep 14 2010

    Wawww... what a beautiful celebrations of mangaloreans traditional noven jovan, ek kutam, all over the world. Mother mary will showers her blessings on every organizers and participants.

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  • russel, bangalore

    Mon, Sep 13 2010

    Wish u all a happy Feast.

    The website - http://www.nzmangalorean.org is not working, can you pls check.

    thanks.

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  • Veera Coelho / Menezes, Mangalore / Auckland

    Mon, Sep 13 2010

    Thanks to the hard work of the NZ Mangalorean Inc. committee members, it was a very nice programme. Keep up the good work. Please can we have more photos.

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