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MKCA celebrates Monthifest with unique touch

September 17
01:02 2011

Members walk to the main hall

CHICAGO: The Mangalorean Konkan Christians Association (MKCA/USA) celebrated the Monthifest along with Christians around the world with pomp and in unison with current events worldwide.
This event signifies the pure and simple love and devotion of Mother Mary in accepting the heavenly call and sharing her life towards betterment of human race. The event signifies, offering of new crop to the Creator and rejoicing the harvest of new crop. Christians around Illinois and surrounding States as well as visitors from India and Arabian countries attended the event.
The program began with a procession with children carrying flowers to express their love, respect and devotion to Mother Mary, which culminated in offering a single most beautiful flower to the statue of Infant Mary. With the singing of “Sokkod Sangatha Mellyam” and “Moriyek Hogollsiyam”, children were a picture of joy.
The Holy Eucharist was conducted by Rev. Fr. Henry Sequeira in Konkani and English. Fr. Sequeira said Mother Mary taught Jesus the culture, the Aramaic language, the fashion of clothing, the humble interaction with fellow human beings and much more. The hymns were sung exclusively in Konkani by the celebrants present.
Fr. Sequeira blessed the new crop (Novem), which was brought in from India especially for this program by Neville and Melissa Miranda. All the audience partook in “Novem.”
As a mark of respect to the tragic event of 9/11 ten years ago, compeer Dr. Austin D’Souza Prabhu said there is constant threat of terrorism worldwide even after the tragic incident of 9/11. Members of the audience rose and sang “God Bless America”. MKCA President Queenie Mendonca welcomed all those present and thanked them for their support.
The cultural program was initiated by Roopa Misquita involving those present by conducting a unique game of “How well you know thy yourself!” It was dancing time for couples and others to the tune of new D.J. Allen Martis and Joswin Mendonca.
There was a wonderful bonanza of vegetarian dishes along with “Sannam” (idli) and “Dalichem Vorn” for dinner. In addition, there was a fish item introduced in the menu for the first time in order to integrate the tradition of northern part of greater Mangalorean Diocese, where Monthifest is celebrated with variety of fish dishes. All the dishes were home-made by MKCA family members. The audience was happy, content and savored all the Mangalorean dishes to their heart’s content!
The attendees enjoyed the hit songs of Konkani sung by the members present. The General Secretary of the Association, Francis Mascarenhas proposed a vote of thanks. The cultural program culminated with the singing of “Loudathe Dominum”.
The D.J. entertained members with variety of hit songs of Konkani, Hindi, Spanish and English.

STANY GERALD D’SOUZA

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