Dubai: USWAS Celebrates Monti Fest with United Spirit

Media Release by Denis Gomes
Dubai, Sep 27: UAE’s St Mary's Welfare Association of Shirva (USWAS) under the leadership of president Vincent Corda celebrated Monti Fest or Nativity Feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary at The Karama Hotel Banquet Hall on Friday September 25. 

The celebration was a memorable one with enormous gathering of over 150 Shirva Parishners. In the beginning of the programme, Vanitha Menezes, a USWAS member briefed the gathering about the importance of ‘Montifest’. 

The traditional celebration of Monti Fest took place with a procession headed by two of visiting native Shirva parishioners Alice Mathias and  Prescilla Danthi. They 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 Paul Menezes  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 and juice.

The cultural programme began with a lovely dance from Karen Corda for "Dil bole hadippa" followed by electrifying performance from Selwin Mathias and Lisha D'Souza for "Twist' from Love Aaj Kal, Micol D'Souza danced for "Do it Well" from Jennifer Lopez , tribute to Micheal Jackson was paid by Cleon D'Souza, who danced for the song, “Dangerous". Canute Mathias was the DJ and also sang a wonderful Konkani song. 

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

USWAS Welcomed Daijiworld Weekly team Walter Nandalike, Micheal Castelino and Dayan D’Souza. Dayan spoke about the importance of community print media which will publish local, national and international news and issues.      

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


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  • Melwyn Aranha, shirva

    Mon, Oct 12 2009

    Congratulations UAE’s St Mary's Welfare Association of Shirva (USWAS). Keep it up

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  • Vasant Anchan, Shirva / Sharjah

    Sun, Oct 04 2009

    Good opportunity to recollect old memories of St. mary's high Scool.Specially Paul Menezes, Vincent Corda. Congratulations.

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  • Umarabba Ahmed, Shirva /Dammam, Saudi Arabia

    Mon, Sep 28 2009

    Glad to see all Shirva freinds,particularly Mr.Manoj,All the Best & best of luck for forthcoming events .

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    Mon, Sep 28 2009

    Great to see all Shirvagars. celebrate Monthi Fest in a truly traditional manner. Keep up the Mangalorean spirit . Shelwyn,Cleaon, Lisha, Micol, Caryn keep up the lively dance performance. We miss you all. Best Wishes from PRAKASH, NANCY MEDONCA- PERNAL (U.K.)

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  • Sanjay, Shabitha, SHIRVA -KUWAIT

    Mon, Sep 28 2009

    Well done USWAS for the family traditional feast with rich values of nativity feast remembering the back home memories. Traditional celebration includes Moriyek Hogolshiyam, distribution of ‘’Novem’’, sweets, games and dance. Hats up.

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    Mon, Sep 28 2009

    Congratulations UAE’s St Mary's Welfare Association of Shirva (USWAS). Keep going! Glad to see you all, particularly Mr. Vincent Corda. All the best.

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