Nativity Feast : USWAS, Dubai

Dubai: USWAS Celebrates Monti Fest

by Denis Gomes
Dubai, Sep 20: UAE’s St Mary's Welfare Association of Shirva (USWAS) under the leadership of president Oscar Rego celebrated Monti Fest or Nativity Feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary at The Karama Hotel Banquet Hall on Friday September 17. 
The celebration was a memorable one with enormous gathering of over 200 Shirva Parishners.

The traditional celebration of Monti Fest took place with a procession headed by kids carrying flowers and three newly married couples Melston & Rashmi pinto, Roudolf & Renita Menezes, Joel & Lavina Tauro carried the statue of the infant Mary along with ‘blessed Novem’, which was specially flown from Shirva parish for the occasion. Short prayer was conducted by Merline Fernandes a senior shirva parishioner  followed by showering of  flowers to Infant Mary by children and elders as they sang the hymns ‘Sakkad Sangatha Mellyam & Moriyek Hogolsiam’. Novem mixed in milk was served  to all. Children were offered sweets.

The cultural programme began with a lovely dance from Karen Corda and Clerisa for "Dinga Re Dinga" Konkani song followed by electrifying performance from Selwin Mathias for “Munni Badnam” , Cleon & Micol D'Souza for "Ranga Ranga”, Lisha & Cleon D'Souza for a tamil song and Ginel D’souza for “Lattu Lattu” . Canute Mathias, Joy Almeida, Uttam Menezes sang some wonderful Konkani song supported by Arun Carlo with his excellent music.

Manoj Menezes, Sharan D’Souza, Denis Mathias, Cloud D'Lima and Joy Almeida presented short skits which left the audience thoroughly entertained.

The Program was conductd by Loyel Pinto a young talent from shirva.

USWAS welcomed Simon D’Souza , President of St. Mary’s Old Student Association Shirva who came specially for this occasion.

USWAS thanked Mr.Francis Lobo, GM of Karama hotel for his support extended towards us.      

Various games were conducted for kids and adults. The programme concluded with Housie-housie followed by Bila dance. Being away from Shirva, members of USWAS again were united as a family to celebrate Monti Fest.

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  • Frederick Pinto, Shirva

    Tue, Sep 21 2010

    Beautiful pictures by Ritesh.Glad to see all Shirva Parishioners and friends Rajdeep,Vincy,Alex,Richi and my son Ritesh. Nice to see you'll in pictures. Wish you all Happy monti feast. Keep it up USWAS-UAE.

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  • winny menezes, shirva/usa

    Tue, Sep 21 2010

    dear shirva uswas members congratulations for organasing this special event, it is a great oppurtunity to see all my friends,manu and sharon i miss ur dance good job keep it up

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  • Urban D'souza, Shirva - Kuwait

    Mon, Sep 20 2010

    Dear President & Members - Really a great celebration of Monti Fest in U.A.E. Good team work. Keep it up USWAS. URABN - PRESIDENT & MEMBERS OF SWAK-KUWAIT.

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    Mon, Sep 20 2010

    all members of uswas dubai 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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  • Herald Mathias, Shirva / Dubai

    Mon, Sep 20 2010

    It is nice to see many new & young members of Shirva Parish joining USWAS family in UAE. Welcome Aboard and keep up the good spirit!

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  • Walter Menezes, Shirva / Dubai

    Mon, Sep 20 2010

    Thanks to entire USWAS members to organized this event so beautifully.I met so many my old friends and brought back our beautiful old golden memories, where we all had spent our childhood. May Saude Mai bless each one of you & your family back at home, for taking part in this great day.

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  • Herald Mathias, Shirva/Dubai

    Mon, Sep 20 2010

    Nice to see many new & young members from Shirva Parish joining USWAS family in UAE. Welcome Aboard and Keep up the good spirit!

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  • Manoj Menezes, Shirva/Abu Dhabi

    Mon, Sep 20 2010

    Thank you Rev. Fr. Frederick for your wishes and comments. Good report by Denis and Wonderful picutres by Ritesh Pinto. Good job.

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  • fr frederick monteiro, parish priest, nainad

    Sun, Sep 19 2010

    Dear uswas members, once again you have proved your uswas unity,by celebrating the monte fest

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