London Sept 08 (BAN/SL) British Asia news wish all the families a Happy Infant Mother Mary’s birthday today.

It is a Universal Family Feast to honour Mother Earth. Celebrated on September 8th throughout the world a major Catholic festival celebrating the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

The festival derives its name from the Capela de Nossa Senhora do Monte (Portuguese for ‘Chapel of Our Lady of the Mount’) in Old Goa. The chapel was constructed in AD 1519 on a hillock commanding a view of the Mandovi River, on the orders of Afonso de Albuquerque in honour of Our Lady.  The feast on 8 September, called Monti Saibinichem Fest (Konkani for ‘Lady of the Mount Feast’), first started in the sixteenth century and continues to this day. Flowers and garlands are an integral part of the celebration, the Konkani epithet Fulanchem Fest (Feast of flowers).

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