Bonderam Festival: A Kaleidoscope of Culture on Divar Island

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Bonderam Festival: A Kaleidoscope of Culture on Divar Island     Amid the kaleidoscope of cultural events that adorn Goa’s calendar, the fourth Saturday of August heralds the spirited resurgence of the Island of Divar, as the cherished tradition of ‘Bonderam’ casts its enchanting spell. As the island springs to life with fervor, it embraces […]

Sheni Uzo at Molcornem

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Sheni Uzo at Molcornem     On the first full moon night after Shigmo, the remote village of Molcornem in Quepem hosts a unique and ancestral village ritual to celebrate the festival, their founding fathers, and their beliefs. In a fast-changing world defined by the use of modern technology, one may be left bewildered as […]

Topshyo: A fiery finale to Shigmo in Fatorpa

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Topshyo: A fiery finale to Shigmo in Fatorpa     Several temples across Goa observe their own sets of rituals and festivities during Holi and Shigmo, and the celebration at the Shri Shantadurga Fatarpekarin temple at Fatorpa is a sight to behold! On Monday, March 21, 2022, the village and its residents were covered in […]

“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 […]

Santachem Pursao (Procession of Saints) at Goa Velha

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Santachem Pursao (Procession of Saints) at Goa Velha     Every year thousands of people flock from different parts of Goa and the world to the village of Goa-Velha to take part in the ‘world famous procession of Saints’. The Church of St Andrew in Goa Velha, hosts the procession on the fifth Monday of […]

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. […]

Lairai Zatra in Shirgao

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Lairai Zatra in Shirgao     One of the most looked forward event in the Hindu Calendar of religious festivities is the fire walking held at Shirgao, near Assanora in the Bicholim Taluka. This festival is in celebration of the deity Sri Lairaie. Though Sateri is the presiding deity of Shirgao, goddess Lairai gained popularity […]

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 […]

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 […]

Mussoll Dance at Cota, Chandor

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Mussoll Dance at Cota, Chandor     At the historical village of Chandor in the Kshatriya (warrior) caste villager’s courtyard this Mussal (pounding mace) march – cum- dance is performed on the second day of Goan Carnival. The dance performed by men who carry ‘Mussal’ – a war weapon in medieval times, is performed with […]