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KBWA celebrates Monthi Fest-2017
September 11, 2017, 1:51 pm
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Kuwait Brahmavar Welfare association (KBWA) celebrated ‘Monthi Fest' with devotion and grandeur on 8 September, 2017 at Indian Community School, Khaitan. KBWA has been organizing the Monthi Fest on a grand scale for the past nine years with the support of Brahmavargaars. The event is celebrated with a traditional flavor that is reminiscent of the fond memories of the Monthi Fest celebrations in their native place.

Master of Ceremony Walter Santhmayor gave a brief introduction about the program and welcomed all the dignitaries and guests. The program commenced with singing the theme song of the association. The New Corn was brought in procession with the singing of hymns. Rev. Fr. Ivan Melwin D’Souza Pastoral Minister at Padre Pio Friary Sri Lanka and Rev Fr. Noel Lewis, Vicar St. Thomas Orthodox Church Sastan along with other priests blessed the new corn. All the children enthusiastically participated in offering the flowers to Mother Mary.

Rev. Fr. Ivan Melwin D’Souza, Rev. Fr. Noel Lewis, Rev. Fr Noel Almeida, Parish Priest, Abbasiya, Kuwait, Fr. Jacob Thomas, Vicar St. Gregorios Indian Orthodox Church, Kuwait, Rev, Fr. Giju George Associate Vicar St. Gregorios Indian Orthodox Church, Kuwait, were the guest of honors of the program.

President escorted the guests to the dais. President L.J. D’Souza extended a warm welcome to all the guests present and expressed his gratitude for the support and cooperation extended. The invited dignitaries and sponsor of the event were felicitated with a bouquet of flowers.

The Secretary Roshan Rodrigues presented the brief report of the activities of the association, highlighting the events of the past year and donations given to the worthy causes.

Rev. Fr Ivan Melwin D’Souza and Rev. Fr. Noel Lewis in their key note address congratulated KBWA members for organizing the Monti Fest on a grand scale and invited everyone to strengthen the Christian spirit by working in unity for the worthy causes. Other guests of honors also gave their brief message highlighting the importance of this festival and expressed their happiness for being part of the celebrations. Vice President Ozwald D’Souza proposed the vote of thanks.

The variety of cultural programs were performed by talented children and members of the association. It was the time for the ‘Family Meal’ and Rev. Fr. Giju George conducted the Grace before meals. As per the Mangalorean tradition, a vegetarian meal was served on banana leaves with a variety of vegetables like Alu Dento, Tendli - chana, Padval and Dal, Beans, Kuvalon Bapat and Vorn. Brahmavargaars signature item home cooked ‘Fish Curry’ was the highlight of the lunch and appreciated by all. More than 600 guests were present on the occasion and the organization was thanked for recreating the Monthi Fest celebration in the native style.

A raffle draw was organized and attractive prizes were distributed to the lucky winners. MC Walter brilliantly compered the program and distributed generous spot prizes to those who answered correctly the Quiz Questions related to Mother Mary. Everyone appreciated KBWA for the well organized celebrations.

By Vinod Lewis

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