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By Edwin D'Souza and Freddy D'Souza

Bahrain, Sep 10: Montifest was celebrated with great religious fervour at Sacred Heart Church, Bahrain under the banner of the Konkani Prayer Group of the church.

Fr. Thomas Quadros, Parish Priest and guest priest Fr Robert Lasrado blessed the new corn at an outdoor stage of Sacred Heart Church at 10. 45 am.

The congregation sang 'Let’s all gather together’ and little children showered flowers adoring Mother Mary.

Fr Robert in the homily reiterated that each one should spread the light like a mantle, share and help one's neighbors like the exemplary Mother Mary did in her lifetime.

The choir led by Minino Fernandes was gracefully conducted. Sweets and coconut milk (roce) mixed with the blessed new corn was distributed to all the gathering after the Mass.

The congregation then gathered at the Bishop Tirinanzi Auditorium for a cultural treat.  The programme began with the welcome dance by tiny tots to the tune of Konkani song "Shinvtim Abolim" which was choreographed by Priya Mascarenhas and assisted by Nishel Gomes.

This was followed by other dances by the youngsters to the tune of "Jumore" and "India Beats" which was choreographed by Stephanie Alva. 

The main attraction of the event were the Konkani skits "Silver Jubilee", written by Stany Lobo (Manu, Bahrain) and "Pai Mai" written and directed by Jr Luis, both of which included humor and moral.
The organizers had lined up a sumptuous vegetarian buffet towards the end of the cultural show.

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