Dubai, Sep 18: “Sakkad sangata Melya Moriyek Hogolsiya ”
Ferarites UAE celebrated the Nativity Feast of our Blessed Virgin Mary (Monthi Fest) on Friday, 18th of Sept, 2015 at Winny’s restaurant in Karama, Dubai. The master of the ceremony Clara Fernandes gave a brief introduction about the importance of Monthi Fest to the gathering. The program started with prayer session conducted by Roshan Lobo, Leslie Pinto.
President Norbert Sequeira welcomed the guests and requested all Ferar Parishioners, those who are living in the UAE, to come together as one family and participate in all the activities conducted by the Association, and requested the new parishioners to register their names as the members of Ferarites UAE.
Our guest of honor Rev.Fr. Robert Lasrado, Assistant Priest at St Mary’s Church, Dubai and Spiritual Director for Mangalorean Community, appreciated the efforts of Ferarites UAE, to bring all the parishioners under one umbrella and requested the whole Konkan community to keep up our traditions alive and highlighted the importance of Konkani language and urged to teach Konkani to our young children. Our ex Parishioner and well-wisher Mr. Joseph Mathias in his speech briefly explained how Monti fest was originated, continued and how it is binding all of us as one family.
The traditional celebration commenced with a procession, followed by showering of flowers in front of Grotto of Mother Mary. Young and elders joined the singing of hymns ‘Sakkad Sangatha Mellyam’ and ‘Moriyek Hogolsiam’. Blessed Novem mixed with milk was served to all. Leslie Fernandes conducted the prayer ceremony before Novem Jevan. A traditional vegetarian meal and sweet dish “Vorn” was served to all on banana leaves. Various cultural activities delighted the gathering. Upcoming stars Renzil Tauro, Alvira Saldanha, Kenisha Sequeira and Rydell Tauro danced to the Bollywood mix numbers.