Catholics want ‘Monti Fest’ declared a State Holiday

Catholics want ‘Monti Fest’ declared a State Holiday

Mangaluru: If other not so major Hindu feasts are declared as state holidays, why not “Monti Fest”, which is considered as the only family feast for Catholics living in this area, is the question many Catholics wants to ask CM Siddaramaiah and the government. It has been noted that on “Monti Fest” aka Nativity of Blessed Virgin Mary feast only Christian institutions are closed, while other non-Christian institutions remain open. So what about the Christian students studying in these non-Christian institutions? Don’t they a get time to spend this feast with their family?


Considering these questions, Christian leaders have started a signature campaign urging CM Siddaramaiah to think it over and declare ‘Monti Fest’ as a State holiday effective this September 8, when the feast is celebrated with fervour, culture and tradition. In Konkani it is called “Monti Fest”, while in English it is called “Feast of the Nativity of Blessed Virgin Mary”, a major Mangalorean Catholic festival celebrated in fervour on 8 September every year. This festival celebrates the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary and in the Mangalorean Catholic community involves blessing of Novem (new crops). The festival derives its name from the Monte Mariano Church at Farangipet in South Canara and was initiated by Joachim Miranda, a Goan Catholic priest at Farangipet in 1763. Though Tippu Sultan destroyed the churches of Canara, he spared Monte Mariano Church in deference to the friendship of his father Hyder Ali with Father Miranda.


Speaking to Team Mangalorean, Fr Ronald Prakash D’Souza-President of Indian Catholic Youth Movement (ICYM) said, ” Although we had tried our best last year with the same kind of signature campaign, but for some reasons it didn’t click well. But this year we are committed and will work hard to see that CM adheres to our demands and make ‘Monti Fest’ a state holiday. If Christian educational institutions in Kodiyal (Mangaluru) and in rest of India observe this traditional feast with a holiday, why not non-Christian institutions also do the same? It would also benefit the Catholic students studying in their institutions. And for this reason once again this year we have started the signature campaign in all the parishes that come under Mangaluru Diocese, thereby urging the state government to declare ‘Monti Fest’ as a state holiday”.

“The sad part is that few of the non-Christian institutions have purposely scheduled exams on September 8, and those Catholic students studying in these institutions will not be able to celebrate the feast with their family members. This is not right! There are over one lakh children and youth, including Christians in DK district education institutions and if there is no holiday on September 8, the meaning of this Catholic family feast will be lost. Starting last Sunday we have already started collecting signatures from all parishioners, it will be submitted as a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner of respective districts. I request all Catholics to participate in this signature campaign aimed for a good cause. On a later date, we will be personally meeting CM Siddaramaiah and convince him to do the needful”, added Fr D’Souza.


  1. This is getting to be RIDICULOUS! Agreed, Monti Fest is a great festival for the Christians of Coastal Karnataka. But then, there should be a limit on demands!

    • While a lot of bogus feats and politicians bdays have been declared state and national holidays! You are finding this holiday request, which is an actual feast at a single proposed day ridiculous ! Did u just learn the word ridiculous and use it for the first time Praveen !

      • Did you just learn the word ridiculous and use it for the first time Praveen ! – Some Glendo Fernando who uses an ‘!’ mark when he asks me a pointed q.

        Oh well, Glendo Fernando,

        For the purpose of clarity and avoidance of doubt, could you please define “bogus feats and politicians bdays”? Probably then, you and I could have a decent conversation out here. Go ahead, and no matter what you do, please don’t wait for the coming New Year to respond! 🙂

        Regarding your query – “did you just learn the word ridiculous and use it for the first time Praveen ! (sic)”, well, from your knee-jerk response and asinine query, am I to presume that you were probably dribbling FAREX down your dimpled chin and bib – as it was spooned down your maw, and that too at a time when I was in college or working, for me NOT to know about it?

        You see, Glendo baba, it starts with “requests” for public state hols. Later, it escalates to Natl. hols. Then, they become DEMANDS! Idiots take a cue from it and demand a separate state. Other MORONS want a separate COUNTRY! Please take a cue from Mr. Nelsons response to this particular issue.

        Over to you, sir Glen.

  2. The matter is silly. This feast is celebrated dearly in Mangalore. It is already sort of holiday for everybody. Asking Govt for entire state looks like we are lazy people and will invite criticism.

    Hindus love and respect Christians and they understand our festivals well. If exams are kept on that particular day then if we politely request them to adjust dates I don’t think anyone will refuse. This festival is celebrated since generations and everyone is a part of this joyous occasion.

  3. Looks like a reasonable request. I had to go to school after mass and celebrations when I was young. I used to not go to school sometimes to attend this feast which is very important feat for Catholics and Christians. People making funny comments here literally are talking just for the heck of it !

  4. Jesus Christ is another name of peace and we Christians also follow the way of Jesus Christ its a peacefully request to our honable government….

  5. Mr. Praveen Pinto,

    Moount Mary’s festival is an important one for Roman Catholics and in Bombay there is the Mount Mary’s Fair (popularly called Bandra Fair) held in September every year for seven days. In the church there is a very old statue of Mount Mary found by local fishermen (called “machimaars” or “Kohlis”), who gave it to the priests at that point in time.

    At this fair held annually, hundreds of thousands visit the place to attend the hourly masses, buy things at the fair and for making donations. It is all a matter of belief and people of all faiths attend it. It olden days, it was more of an obligation for some, outing for others and an outlet for fun for the teenagers and other youngsters on the prowl.

    Though, I appreciate the significance of this event, however, it does no mean that it should be declared a national holiday. In India, there are many holidays, especially for bank and government employees and it is high time, everyone works hard and increases productivity and contributes to the development their and country’s development.

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