Christians want Monti Fest declared as a public holiday in Dakshin Kannada, Udupi districts

  • | Thursday | 12th July, 2018

While Catholic institutions declared the day as a holiday, however, non-Catholic institutions consider it as a working day. In between 2015-2017, signature campaigns were held in the Mangalore Diocese level, to urge the government to declare a holiday, but it was not very successful. The feast is locally called as Monti Fest in Konkani , and is considered as the only family feast among Christians living in the coastal belt, and celebrated with fervour from several centuries. “However, some of our children and others working in the government as well as private sector cannot make it to the celebration. However, only Christian education institutions declare a holiday for the same, while others don’t.Paul Rolphy D’Costa, president of Catholic Sabha, told TOI that the Konkani Christian community in undivided Dakshina Kannada district has been celebrating this as a family feast, and is considered as important a festival as Christmas and Easter for them.

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