Qatar: Mangalore Cricket Club celebrates Nativity Feast

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Doha-Qatar, 19 September 2011: The Nativity of the Mother Mary is a day close to the heart of all Mangaloreans, especially for the people of Mangalorean origin who are now scattered in different parts of the world.   It is a day which evokes memories of days goneby, of our childhood when we would clamber to collect the best flowers from the neighbourhood to take to church for the nativity novena and eagerly await the sugarcane that was distributed after the feast mass on the 8th of September. It is a day when we would partake in a vegetarian family meal and drink the roce with the blessed grains in it.


Mangalore Cricket Club, Qatar endeavours to retain and nurture the rich traditions of our hometown and initiates various events to make its members feel at home and the celebration of the nativity feast is one such event.


This year, the traditional Noven Jevan was held on Friday, September 16, 2011 at Al Ghazal Club, Qatar. The celebration was attended by over 600 Mangaloreans. The chief guest for the evening was Gurkaar of Mandd Sobhan, Famous Konkani Artist, Eric Ozario and the guest of honor was Rev Fr Anand Castelino, Assistant parish priest and the Spiritual Director of the Konkani Speaking Community at the Lady of Rosary parish here in Qatar.


The evening began with a rendition of a beautiful Konkani hymn in honor of Mother Mary by the children’s choir group. This was followed by a group dance by tiny tots and some solo, duet and group songs and dance performances.


The stage was predominantly used for two events – the cultural program, where the winners of the talent shows held in April/May performed and the stage program, where the chief guest and the guest of honour were called on stage.


The main emcees for the cultural program of the evening were Rita Andrade and Gladson Almeida, who with their fluent Konkani and enthusiasm kept the audience engaged in the activities that happened on stage.


The stage program was emceed by Hema Fernandes. President Richard in his welcome address, briefed the audience on how MCC is living true to its motto “Yeya Ek Kutaamb Bandhiyan” and thanked everyone for all their efforts in putting up the program and in preparing the traditional novem jevaan, He also  briefed on the forth coming programs such as ‘Sangon Mugdana” Konkani comedy drama of Pradeep Barboza on 30th September,  10th Annual Throwball Tournament, Blood Campaign, Mangalorean Day, Eid Picnic, etc..



The two semi-finalists and members of MCC, Rupert Lobo and Preema Pinto , who represented the Gulf Voice of Mangalore 2010 were honoured.  The chief guest Eric Ozario handed over flowers and a plaque of appreciation to Rupert and Preema. This part of the stage program was emceed by Sandeep Noronha. Later Preema & Rupert entertained the audience with a melodious duet song.


The Mangalorean ushers who work tirelessly in the church were honoured by Fr. Anand Castelino and this part was handled by Glany Fernandes.


MCC’s General Secretary Riana Pinto had the privilege of reading the names of the Academic Achievers of the community. The awards were handed over by the President Richard Dsouza and Vice President Sunil Dsilva.


The winners of the various competitions held as part of the talent show also received their prizes.  The competitions included cookery contest, Mad Ads, Drawing, Singing, Fancy Dress, Dance, Quiz, Best of Waste, Konkani Elocution and Pick-n-speak.   Shalini Monteiro,  the Joint secretary called out the names of the winners and the prizes were distributed by Jovita Pereira, President of Konkan Toastmasters, noted Mangalorean Felix Pereira,  Auditor at the State Audit Bureau, Joyce Mascarenhas, a noted Mangalorean singer & judge of Singing competitions, Dony Lobo, prominent musician and choir master, Eddie Sequeira, prominent Konkani writer, artist and activist for different genre.


Roce was blessed by Fr Anand and distributed to the audience who had gathered together as one big Mangalorean family.


The evening continued with some solo and lively group songs as well as colourful dances were presented by the first place winners of the talent competitions. .    Some spot games were conducted and fun filled jokes  by  Bonaventure D’Souza, Alwyn D’Souza and Della Rego were acted out to lighten the mood.


Eric Ozario along with his old college mate Dony Lobo surprised the audience by singing the most popular track “Rozalin Mojea Mogachem” and was well appreciated by all.


The program culminated with the traditional sumptuos Noven Jevan with the recitation of "Laudate Domino’.


Earlier during the day, around 60 volunteers gathered at the residence of Jerry and Leena Dmello and Ivy and Valentine Rosario to cook a traditional meal. While Vivian D’Souza handled the Roce, Jossy D’Souza took charge of Vorn, sannas were prepared by Michael and all other 9 dishes were managed by Ivy & Leena D’Mello with the help of other volunteers. The efforts of the volunteers paid off and the delicious home-cooked food was appreciated by one and all.



MCC is indebted to the generosity of Jerry and Leena D’Mello and Ivy and Valentine Rosario who, every year, throw open wide the doors of their hearts and their residence and enable MCC to host this traditional meal. MCC is also grateful to the volunteers and sponsors, who with their time, efforts and funds, contribute immensely towards the success of the Novem Jevaan.


The President and the Executive Committee Members of Mangalore Cricket Club take this opportunity to express their gratitude to every member for their participation and support.



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Dora - Qatar, Pamboor / Mumbai Fri, September-23-2011, 9:37
Hats off to the organisors, nice program, and May god bless them for their efforts to bring the mangaloreans together. It is easy to comment and say show off, first check your own conscious, how many people you have helped. Jesus said if anyone did not sin must throw the first stone in the bible. Are you a righteous person to Judge? How many poor people you have helped in your lifetime. Seema you are in Qatar, have you brought people from native place to work? Is it easy to get visas over here? I myself in Qatar and looking for job and I feel it's very difficult. Why are you comparing the social gathering with jobs and all. If you cannot take part in such things then don't blame and discourage others. May be many bachelors who do not have families must have felt good with such occasion. Next time before commenting please ponder on Jesus words Do Not Judge others. May god bless you., pamboor/Qatar Thu, September-22-2011, 12:39
Dear seema , if am not mistaken you will be confused or you do not have proper information about the celberation of monti feast ,first of all it is family feast as when we are in our home it will celberate with family members when we are out of home it will celberated by parish wise or some clubs like here in Doha , MCC,MCA ,and Pamboor parisioners in Doha,and all the konkani speaking comumnity of Qatar toghter celberated it in OUR Church only , for your kind information all these clubs helps back at home for poor and needy people Both MCA And MCC have help in many ways to poor people even we are ready to help to those who are jobless people if you have any cv s please send to my mail ( will help those people , and this feast was celberated by all the manglorians those spread all over the world , please do not bring poltics while celberate thies feast .
Seema, Mlore Qatar Wed, September-21-2011, 2:33
Dear Antony Yes i am proud to be Roman Catholic I know very well Monti Mayeche Fest; we should not celebrate it as competition against MCC MCA Pamboor It's a family fest, should be celebrate as one Konkani speaking people. The people who are organising the community are all political minded people , Try to be as one Konkani Speaking people as one community.
Antony, Bantakal, Pamboor Tue, September-20-2011, 2:24

Dear Seema, Are your Roman Catholic??? For your kind information this celebration what we are presenting for Mother Mary, in konkani it is called as Monti Mayeche Fest. Pamboor people are taking care of poor people, offering job for needy people for any religion and any nationality. Pamboor people are cooking food in modki not in cooker.

Benedict Noronha, Udupi/Muscat Tue, September-20-2011, 3:48

While going through the photos I felt I had gone through the Monthi fest all afresh with the members MCC Quatar. Though the roce, Sanna and Vorn were seen, it was a good swad. entertainment and blessing of Fr Anand were adding spirit to the honouring of Monthi Mayi. God must be jubiliating with the devotion and fervour shown by these faithfull with Eric Bab of Mandd Soban, in his Heaven and busy to shower his blessing on all those seen and unseen in the pictures, living at Qatar,so that they will reap the fruits of the blessings in the days to come. Weldone is not a just word of appreiation. Imagin the appropriate one and rejoice.

Philip Mudartha, Qatar Mon, September-19-2011, 7:00
A widely appreciated annual event this in Doha. However, this report highlights not only the glamour and glory of public event, but the hardwork and sweat behind the scenes. Good to see the entire leadership at work, including the executives, to serve the memebrs and guests. Well done.
Rohan, Mlore / Doha Mon, September-19-2011, 6:14

Hello Vincent Verghese how r u?

Seema, mangalore Qatar Mon, September-19-2011, 5:47
Its all show off, do something good for the people who are jobeless in our native place,the pictures which are taken are all well know person the pictures are repetaed in all Ocasions, try to put pictures of new new people not only the person the camera man knows, this is all political views by MCC, MCA,Pamboor
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