MCC- Qatar celebrates (Monthi Feast)Nativity Feast 2011

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Doha Qatar:19-09-2011: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.


Comments on this Article
Anne, Mumbai/Qatar Fri, September-23-2011, 6:38
Dearest Dora, please do pray for me. I am not publishing what and how much I have given the needy. Since you asked me if I have done anything for them I have replied but did not blow any trumpet. Thats the difference. And talking about jealously and unity, darling, take a peep into the MCC MCA and you will see the fumes of jealously coming out of their ears. What unity? they have split into two groups, honey, is that unity? By the way if you have the right qualification and a clean heart you will find a job, and even be able to get visa for others. Practice what you preach, Dora darling and the world will be your. Continue praying.
Dora - qatar, Mumbai Fri, September-23-2011, 4:53
Dear Ann,Jesus said Matthew 6:2 "So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full". Even I give charity. I myself give one tenth of our monthly income to the poor. But we dont have to say it or other people should know it, like hypocrits.What you are commenting and saying stupid faces, this is purely out of jealousy. Once again i will write to you Ann, Jesus himself did not judge others who are you to judedge others? Are you a saint? Instead of writing nasty comments use that time for prayers. May god bless you for helping the poor and providing job to the needy. Once again hats off to MCC and MCA for their good work and uniting mangaloreans.
Anne, Mumbai/Qatar Fri, September-23-2011, 11:48
To All those who criticized my comment - let me tell you I am presently working in Qatar and I have helped a lot of people to get jobs here, given charity and done a lot of good which I do not have to publish it here nor do I have to justify my comment. Ask the ones who love to publish their stupid faces if they have done anything good for any good cause.
Jossey Saldanha, Mangalore / Mumbai Thu, September-22-2011, 8:13
@Anne, I don’t think there is any one jobless in our native place or else we won’t be paying Rs. 300 per day for migrant labour. Our Mangaloreans won’t work locally but will be ever ready to even clean toilets overseas for a pittance.
Dora / qatar, Mumbai Thu, September-22-2011, 9:46
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 gather 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.
James Fernandes, Barkur/Chicago Wed, September-21-2011, 10:12
Seema and Anne, timidly or boldly, have brought out a valid idea (which needs attention) that besides photo-opportunity, we could achieve much more, such as help the needy or a cause. May be we could set aside 7 or 10% of the tickets sold for different charities at each function agreed upon by the organizers. Well, if the expenses are more than the tickets sold, and if one cannot break-even, then this idea may fail, unless there are sponsors with or without photos. If there is will, nothing is impossible; even the Sun can rise from West, if renamed, East to West. Laugh baye laugh..
Anne, mumbai Wed, September-21-2011, 7:46
I agree with you Seema, almost all of them love to show off whether they have the talent or not they love to see their stupid faces in the mangalorean news web sites. And yes I have not seen them doing much for the jobless in their native place or anywhere else.
Jossey Saldanha, Mangalore / Mumbai Tue, September-20-2011, 4:23
Excellent photographs!!!! It was almost like seeing a full fledged Hindi movie. @Seema, All this is not show off and looking at the number of pictures I feel the organizers have made an honest attempt to cover every single participant in the venue. I was fortunate to have a short stint in gulf and I did get an opportunity to interact with few of our folks. Looking at their dismal social conditions, working environments, job insecurity and pangs of loneliness (having separated from their loved ones) these festivals are the only outlet to mingle with fellow Mangaloreans and share their joys and sorrows. I am sure these pictures connect them back home to their families. I know it would be nice if they used facebook but how many of us have facebook in India? As regards to doing something for people back home, a lot of people help but they prefer to do without a song and dance and it is their prerogative. Finally, I like the tradition, culture and spirit of this celebration which I don’t think even we guys in India follow. Good show and GOD BLESS.
James Fernandes, Barkur/Chicago Mon, September-19-2011, 8:43
I see a picture of a 7-8 year old boy in checkered blue shirt, with a paper plate in hand, just only rice in it, even after passing 7-8 buffett dish pans, looking sad and perhaps hungry, as though looking for a piece of eatable dish he likes! He looks sad, perhaps he could not find his mashed potatoes, or french fries, or vegetarian pizza; nay he is not asking for burgers.... I admire him because, you can’t make him eat your menu! Any culture which cannot adapt, is doomed to disappear by next generation. I was returning from a monthi fest ritual. One of my daughter asked me to stop the car near McDonalds. I asked why? "I have to use the bathroom." "Why?" "You and your vegetables!" "Hurry up, unless you want to stink your car..?" The other girl said, "I am hungry, I want french fries. Arn’t potatoes vegetarian?, Dad"? Folks; learn to sing "Gupith Mog, or tell the same age old joke/song at every function for the rest of your life; Still, You can get free meal, because such is the culture of monthi fest!
Seema,, Mangalore /Qatar Mon, September-19-2011, 11:32
Its all show off, do something good for the people who are jobless in our native place, pictures which are taken are all of well know person are repeated in all Occasions, try to put pictures of new people not only the pictures of people whom the camera man knows, this is all political views by MCC, MCA, Pam boor
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