Bonderam – the ‘Festival of Flags’ at Divar Island

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Bonderam – the ‘Festival of Flags’ at Divar Island     It’s the fourth Saturday of August and, as the annual tradition goes, the Island of Divar in Goa comes alive as ‘Bonderam’ is celebrated to usher in ‘Novidade’, which villagers observe as a harvest festival on the next day (Sunday). The first paddy crop’s […]

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 bountiful harvest. Steeped in history – […]

Chikhal Kalo: An expression of joy

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Chikhal Kalo: An expression of joy     Many Goan festivals are linked to the cycles of nature and it isn’t surprising that the monsoon is an occasion to celebrate chikhal kalo, literally mud play. The Chikhal Kalo is unique to the village of Marcel, in the taluka of Ponda. Celebrated on the twelfth day […]

Sangodd at Ambelim and Assolna

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Sangodd at Ambelim and Assolna   ‘Viva Sangodd’ shout out the banners at the Sangodd (meaning ‘fishing canoes tied together’ in Konkani) at Ambelim and Assolna. This annual event is held by the fishing community to celebrate the feast of St Peter and St Paul on June 29 in Goa and marks the start of […]

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 (Santana) Church in Telaulim, near Goa Velha. Over many generations, this picturesque village in Tiswadi has attracted thousands of devotees from across the state. Grandparents Day is celebrated on July 26th all around […]

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. […]

Cumbarjua Ganesh Sangodd

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

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 ritual of the 17 ‘kutumba (family) Ganesh’ idols. The village narrow […]