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Dubai, Sep 18: All Pangalites in the UAE celebrated Monthi Fest on 14th September, at Richmond Hotel Apartment, Dubai in a homely atmosphere attended by more than 125 pangalites and friends.

The celebration began at 9.15 pm with a prayer by Ignatius Alva followed by Gospel reading by Merlyn Castelino. Children showered flowers to mother Mary as the gathered sang “ Sokkod Sangatha Melyam ani Moreyek Hogolshiyam”.

As per the tradition back home two newly married daughters-in law offered blessed corn to the elderly pangalites who were on visit to Dubai followed by distribution of novem and sweets.

President Mr. Alphonse Mendonca welcomed the gathering. A traditional vegetarian meal prepared by Jacky’s Restaurant was served on banana leaves including Vorn and Pathrade.

The whole nights programme was conducted by the cultural secretary Joel Quodras assisted by Ashwin and Kevin D’souza who involved the entire crowd with group games, quiz, spot prizes and house -house. Special attraction was a wonderful dance by little Demitra Castelino.

The programme was concluded with the distribution of prizes and vote of thanks by the secretary Jovin Menezes

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