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 […]

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 […]

Tripurari Poornima Boat Festival at Sanquelim

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Tripurari Poornima Boat Festival at Vithalapur, Sankhali (Sanquelim)     ‘Tripurari Pournima’ is celebrated on the fifteenth day of the first fortnight of the Hindu month of Kartika. The festival that symbolises the victory of good over evil is also called the Kartiki Pournima. Legend says that the demon king Tripurasur had been harassing the […]