Chicago: MKCA, USA celebrates Nathal Fest – 2021, Christmas celebration

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By Dr Austin Prabhu
Bellevision Media Network

Chicago/US, 21 Dec 2021: The Mangalorean Konkani Christian Association (MKCA) celebrated its 20th annual Christmas Celebration at St Hubert’s Church Hall at Hoffman Estates, Illinois. In Konkani language, it is popularly called Nathal Fest, which celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ.  Christmas is celebrated by all the Christians worldwide on December 25.


There was a general Holy Eucharist, where the MKCA members and guests attended. The first and second readings at the Mass were read by the members of MKCA, Sarita D’Souza and Ramona Sequeira.


The cultural programme was initiated by the welcome note by the past president of MKCA, Lancy D’Souza.



In his welcome address, Lancy introduced his past Executive Committee to the audience and recognized their contributions for the success of the programs conducted. He thanked members and guests for their staunch support in the success of several annual programs. He introduced the current Executive Committee to the audience – president: Elroy Alva; vice president: Patsy Lasrado; secretary/treasurer: Savio Pais. He thanked the parish priest, Fr Mike Scherschel and presented a cheque to him for his generosity in providing the venue. 


The current president Elroy Alva thanked all the attendees present and requested the support and guidance in conducting programs. He elicited their comments and suggestions in improving the quality of the future programs. He thanked organizing committee members for their unconditional support in organizing this Nathal Fest.


The compere of the programme Savio Pais welcomed the gathering to the appetizers. All of them enjoyed the ethnic appetizers along with Christmas Kuswar.


Patsy Lasrado conducted several group activities for children, couples and adults. The children presented their spirited participation while adults enlivening their younger age! The members and children present sang Christmas Carols, under the leadership of Concy Mesquita.


The grand entry of Santa Claus (Godwin D’Souza) and Santa (Dr Austin Prabhu) thrilled the young children present. Santa and Clause entertained the children present with Christmas gifts. The audience present were excited to take pictures with Santa and Claus.


Savio Pais thanked all the organizing committee for their relentless support in the success of the program. He acknowledged James and Rita Saldanha, Jossie and Queenie Mendonca, Patsy Lasrado, Dr Austin Prabhu, Concy Mesquita and Stany and Vissia D’Souza.


The programme culminated with a sumptuous ethnic dinner. Under effective DJing by Queenie Mendonca, the audience enjoyed the dance to the tunes of Konkani, Hindi, Kannada and Spanish songs.



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