Monti Fest

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A Monti Fest celebration by Mangalorean Catholics in Pune, Maharashtra

Monti Fest is a major Mangalorean Catholic festival 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.[1] In certain Goan Christian dialects the festivals name is corrupted to "Moti Fest".[2]


  1. ^ John B. Monteiro. "Monti Fest Originated at Farangipet - 240 Years Ago!". Daijiworld Media Pvt Ltd Mangalore. Retrieved 2008-01-15. 
  2. ^ Jenny Couthino (2008-10-09). "Moti Fest, pork sausages and Church of Qatar" (Press release). Merinews. Retrieved 2008-09-14.