Sydney, Sep 23: A group of Mangaloreans in Sydney got together as one large family and celebrated Monthi Fest with great joy and warmth on September 17 at St John XXIII Catholic College, Stanhope Gardens, Sydney, NSW. The Monthi Fest celebration brings them together year after year in fellowship and friendship. It recalls fond memories of their celebration in Mangalore and at the same time inculcates awareness of this tradition in the new generation.
The festivities began with the singing of the hymn 'Hail Mary''. Fr Jolly, parish priest gave a meaningful homily, which emphasised the virtues of Mother Mary..This was followed by little children, all excited, joining in the procession to shower flowers on Mother Mary, accompanied by the singing of traditional hymns Sakkad Sangatha Melyan and Moriyek Hogolsiyan.
The cultural program made it a fun-filled day for everyone, with little children dancing to konkani folklore, singing konkani songs, konkani skit, baila music & dancing etc.
Guests were served with a delicious sumptuous meal. It was a family meal with so many families cooking traditional dishes like pork bafat, sannas, chicken curry, channa, beans, karamb, vorn etc.
It is worth mentioning that so many of the Mangalorean brothers and sisters joined hands together in big numbers as one family and supported organising the annual event by cooking food, financial support, decorating the hall and clearing up after the event and in many other ways to make it a grand success.