Gadyaanchi Jatra of Poinguinim

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Gadyaanchi Jatra of Poinguinim The festival of Gadyaanchi Jatra, which happens once in three years at Poinguinim, a village in Canacona is celebrated in the name of Shri Betal who is the most feared and highly revered deity of Poinguinim and its neighbourhood. The first year (of the third year) a ritual called ‘Jevnni’ is […]

Virbhadra folk dance reflects martial arts tradition

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Virbhadra folk dance reflects martial arts tradition   Virbhadra at Sanguem   Virbhadra at Shiroda   Virbhadra at Borim   Virbhadra at Ponda   Goa is a land where Lord Shiva is worshipped in varied forms. Virbhadra is one of the attendants of Lord Shiva who is regarded in Goa as one of the sons […]

Shisharanni at Gaodongrim

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Shisharanni at Gaodongrim     ‘Shisharanni’ is a traditional ritual that takes place every third year at the time of traditional Shigmo festival at the Mallikarjun Temple in Gaodongrim, Canacona.. The word Shisharanni derives its name from two words – ‘shisha’ which is a kind of tree and ‘ranni’ which represent a traditional cooking place. […]

Touxeachem Fest at Telaulim

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Touxeachem Fest at Telaulim Touxeachem Fest, which translates to ‘Cucumber Feast’, is celebrated with religious fervour and age old rituals at St Anne’s or Santana Church in Telaulim, near Goa Velha. Over many generations this picturesque village in Tiswadi has attracted thousands of devotees from across the state. These devotees come to Telaulim for novenas […]

Konnsanchem Fest (Harvest Festival)

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Konnsanchem Fest (Harvest Festival)     The Harvest Festival is celebrated all over the world in different ways and our little state is no exception. In Goa, the festival is celebrated in almost all villages as a sign of gratitude to the Almighty for bestowing the farmers with a healthy crop. Steeped in history, five […]

Cumbarjua Ganesh Sangodd

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Cumbarjua Ganesh Sangodd     The green banks of the Cumbarjua canal come alive with music, crackers and floats on boats on the seventh day of Ganesh Chaturthi. The occasion is the traditional ‘Sangodd’, on which the people of Marcel and Cumbarjua take their Ganesh idols for immersion in the river on flotillas of boats […]

Adpai comes alive as ‘Kutumba Ganeshas’ are immersed

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Adpai comes alive as ‘Kutumba Ganeshas’ are immersed     The environs of Adpai a tiny village in Ponda taluka comes alive annually on the fifth day of the ‘Chovoth’ as over a thousand families members scattered across Goa, come together for the immersion ceremony of the 17 ‘kutumba (family) Ganesh’ idols. The village narrow […]

“Sotreo” Umbrella Festival in Cuncolim

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“Sotreo” Umbrella Festival in Cuncolim     The traditional “sotreo” umbrella festival is celebrated in Cuncolim with great pomp and gaiety. Thousands of devotees from far and wide pour into Cuncolim to seek blessings of Shree Shantadurga Kunkalikarin as the annual procession wend its way from Fatorpa Temple. The colourful procession carrying the palki of […]

Gulal at Zambaulim

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Gulal at Zambaulim Gulal is a festival connected with the Shigmo festival of Goa. It is celebrated in the month of Phalgun at the Shri Damodar Temple of Zambaulim. There are no exact records as to when the festival began. During the Portuguese regime, Christianity was introduced, sometimes by force. Hindus and Muslims were suppressed […]

Sao Joao Boat Festival in Siolim

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Sao Joao Boat Festival in Siolim     It is the feast of St John the Baptist on June 24th. On this day young men around Goa jump into wells to retrieve gifts thrown in by villagers. This celebration is called Sao Joao, one of the more famous Christian feasts in the state. The festivals […]