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Dubai: In a traditional event that witnessed veneration to the infant Mary in a very homely atmosphere, Monthifest was celebrated by parishioners of Pernal. 'Fatima Maiecho Suvad', shortly known as Famad Pernal gathered at Richmond banquet hall where more than 125 parishioners came together and ate a traditional meal served on 'Xirotteo', the banana leaves.

Children offering flowers to Monthi Mai

Famad Pernal Executive Committee dressed traditionally

Vincy Lobo - the compere

The event began with a prayer by Preethi Almeida. Parishioners sang the Konkani hymn 'Sokkod Sangatam Mell'yam' and offered flowered to the statue of Maria Bambina, the 'Monthi Mai'.  The newly blessed corn ' Novem' was brought to the hall by Preethi, the newly arrived daughter-in-law, who presented this holy bunch to Anitha Mathias, who stood as the mother-in-law.  A traditional family atmosphere was created for this touching event.  Novem was served to all with milk.

Dance by Shelwin and Cleon

'Sokkod Sangatam Mell'yam' hymn

At a brief stage event, Dinesh Correa, president of the association gave his Monthifest message and welcomed all. Asha Correa, secretary of Famad Pernal read-out a detailed report containing the achievements of the organisation.   A colourful event to announce and honour 'Vinchnnar Pernalgarn' (outstanding Pernalite) was conducted by Dony Correa, where Jacintha Pereira Kamath was given this title.  She was honoured with flowers, shawl and a citation which was presented by chief guest Joseph Mathias of Merit Freight Systems LLC.  Pereira Kamath family was also honoured with a memento for their outstanding service towards Famad Pernal.  Joseph Mathias then spoke and complimented the entire team for putting up great performance in the recent past.  Denis Correa proposed vote of thanks.

Veneration to 'Novem'-the traditioanl way

Veneration to 'Novem'-the traditioanl way

Elections were held for the president and executive committee, which were conducted by Dinesh Correa and Reginald Pereira Kamath.  'Rhythms' music band lead by Kethan D'Souza sang some good songs.  'Pokri Pernal' entertained the crowd with their hillarious skits and dance performances.  The entire event witnessed many games, spot prizes and dances.

Pokri Pernal's hilarious skit

Pokri Pernal's hilarious skit

A traditional dinner was served towards the end of the event.  Fr Fredrick D'Souza asst parish priest of St Mary's Church Dubai arrived before dinner and blessed the meal.  The thirteen-course meal was prepared by parishioners and was a delicious treat.  All those who cooked food were called on stage.  The entire event was gracefully compered by Vincy Lobo.

'Vinchnnar Pernalgarn'-Jacintha Pereira being honoured by Joseph Mathias

Pereira Kamath family being honoured with memento

Konkani dance by Pokri Pernal dance troupe

A song by 'Rhythms'-music band

Dignitaries on stage-Fr Fredrick, Jacintha Pereira Kamath, Joseph Mathias

13-course meal being served

Meal being served on 'Xirotteo'-our tradition

Section of crowd

Konkani dance by Pokri Pernal dance troupe

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