Pictures, report by: Konkani Kutam Team
Frankfurt, Sep 12: On September 9, Konkani Kutam, Germany joyously celebrated Monti Fest at St Christophorus Church in Frankfurt. This year holds special significance as it marks the 20th anniversary of the establishment of Konkani Kutam as a vibrant community. Families and friends from across Germany and neighboring countries gathered in unity to pay homage to Mother Mary and commemorate the occasion.
The day commenced with a heartfelt tribute to Mother Mary, marked by the offering of flowers. The veneration was accompanied by soulful hymns performed by the Konkani choir and prayers led by the sisters of the Bethany congregation. Following this, the Holy Eucharist was celebrated, presided over by Fr. Robert Rego, Fr Jason Anthony, and Fr Praveen Joy Saldanha.
The festivities continued with a lively cultural program, featuring music, games, and entertainment. The current office bearers of Konkani Kutam, Germany - President Keeth Noronha, vice president Curran D'Souza, secretary Milind Lobo, and treasurer Oliver Saldanha - warmly welcomed the attendees.
As Konkani Kutam celebrated its 20th anniversary, the core team expressed their gratitude towards longstanding contributors and founding members of the community. With their unwavering dedication and efforts, a small group of like-minded individuals has grown into a vast family, boasting more than 150 members.
The program was skillfully hosted by emcees Oliver Saldanha, Ashley Lobo, and Steffi Pereira. The cultural segment featured the highly anticipated auction of organic vegetables and plants generously sponsored by members. The event also included games, dance performances, comedy skits, and traditional Baila songs and dances.
Lunch was a delightful spread of dishes prepared by the members themselves, and the event concluded on a high note with spirited Baila dancing and entertainment led by DJs Jaison D'Souza and Stephen Lobo.