Monti Fest is a major Mangalorean Catholic festival which is celebrated on September 8 every year. This festival celebrates the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and in the Mangalorean Catholic community, it involves the blessing of ‘Novem’ (i.e. new crops). The festival derives its name from the Monte Mariano at Farangipet in South Canara (Dakshin Karnataka), and was initiated by Joachim Miranda, a Goan Catholic priest at Farangipet in 1763. Though Tipu Sultan destroyed the churches of Canara, he spared the Monte Mariano church in deference to the friendship of his father Hyder Ali with Fr Miranda.
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