Monti Fest Celebrated at Jeddah, KSA

By Uday Rodrigues
Daijiworld Media Network – Jeddah (VA)

Jeddah, Sep 29:  The traditional harvest festival popularly known as ‘Monti Festh’ by all Mangalorean people was celebrated with great pomp and gaiety here recently.

Over 30 odd Mangalorean and Goans formed the close knit group that took part in the event. Celebrations began after tea, with a round of cricket match. The drinks break saw lovely green tender coconuts being served, with players and spectators, sipping away the deliciously refreshing tender coconut water.

Vincent Shallet D’Souza, led all in the celebrations, singing a harvest song from an old Konkani movie ‘Bhogsane’. The victims of the recent IA 812 crash were dearly remembered. Thereafter as a symbolic gesture, a few rice grains of this year’s harvest were crushed and mixed with milk and served to everyone. This unique method of consuming grain from the new harvest is a long standing tradition in the Mangalorean community, inherent to its farming roots.

The women had prepared several delicious traditional vegetarian dishes, the specialty being ‘Pautaurode’ (rice dumplings). Dinner was served on traditional plantain leaves. ‘Vorn’ (a sweet delicacy made of cane sugar, coconut milk and lentil) was served for dessert.

Various games were organized after the dinner which added onto the day’s fun.

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  • A.sheikh, India

    Mon, Nov 29 2010

    May you please tell me where you got the young coconuts in Jeddah from.. All I see they sell here is that old brown coconuts with almost all it's water dried up. Pllllllease let me no know whereabout to get them from.. Thanku

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  • jerald, belman

    Wed, Oct 13 2010

    hi vincey and all really good function u arranged in good manner wish u all the best in all coming progrrams too

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  • Michael benedicta d'souza, taif,hawiyah

    Tue, Oct 5 2010

    Thanks vincy invite for feast and really we enjoyed feast with all friend circle & Please you continue every year celebration.We support to you .

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  • Santhan Correa, Udupi/Jeddah

    Fri, Oct 1 2010

    Enjoyed by viewing our lovely traditional celebation pictures.Just rembered as we we were celebrating back home during our child hood and missing the celbs eversince we left of our native.Next please let be informed where as to make convinient to join the celebs.

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  • Lawrence Pinto, Mira Road / Riyadh

    Thu, Sep 30 2010

    Vincy nice to see your new group and more happy to see taking the lead as always, our loss is Jeddah's gain any way, keep the good work of uniting people and having celebration where ever you go May God Bless us and all our loved ones always, Be happy warm regards to your family when they come.

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  • JeryMary, Riyadh

    Thu, Sep 30 2010

    Good job vincy.Lot of mangaloreans are there in jeddah.As long as you are in jeddah, everything is possible.Keep it up your Good work.Congrats!

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  • Ambrose D'Mello, Pangala / Riyadh

    Thu, Sep 30 2010

    Good to know dear Vincy and team taking the lead and the Christian community in Jeddah joining together in celebrating the Nativity feast. Nice to see some of my known people in the function.

    Keep the spirit growing !

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