‘Sangodd’– Festival of Togetherness
On June 29 the Catholic Church celebrates the feast of St. Peter and St. Paul who are considered as the pillars of Christianity. In Goa, this feast is celebrated by the fishing community of Goa as a tribute to St. Peter who was a fisherman by profession. The festivities are marked by making a ‘Sangodd’, which is made by joining 3-5 canoes which symbolises the contribution of St. Peter and St. Paul towards the building of the Catholic Church. On this day the fishermen offer prayers to the Almighty by reciting prayers and litany, and also remember their colleagues who have departed. NT GoGoaNow gets you the festive celebrations of ‘Sangodd’ held in Candolim (Sangodd de Candolim).
Viva Sao Joao !
The Sao Joao festivities were celebrated with great pomp and enthusiasm across the state. On this day the Catholics enact the biblical tale of -John the Baptist leaped for joy in his mother, Elizabeth’s, womb when she was told of Jesus’ conception. The tradition of jumping into the well is considered to be a representation of the saint leaping into Elizabeth’s womb. NT GoGoaNow captured the traditional festive celebrations of the Saints birth at Siolim.
14th edition of the Grape Escapade to begin from April 19
Goa Tourism along with Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC) will be organizing lifestyle and wine festival – ‘Grape Escapade 2018’ from April 19 to 22 at the D B Bandodkar Ground, Campal, Panjim from 6 p.m. onwards. This will be the 14th edition of the Grape Escapade. Over the years, Grape Escapade has provided a platform for local entrepreneurs to share expertise, display products, engage in B2B, and offers tourists and Goans an opportunity to savor on flavors from the vineyard, taste Goan food and experience Goa’s traditions and culture. The event is a celebration of the finest wine, food, fashion, and entertainment. The 4-day festival brings together a host of professionals from the tourism and hospitality industry; hoteliers, restaurateurs, wineries, and manufacturers to showcase their premium offerings.
Milagres feast celebrated at St. Jerome’s Church
The annual feast of Our Lady of Milagres (Our Lady of Miracles) was celebrated at St Jerome’s Church, Mapusa, on April 16; the feast is celebrated on Monday following the third week of Easter. The feast portrays the communal nature of the state wherein a Hindu’s along with other devotes throng to St. Jerome’s church to venerate and seek the blessings of Milagres Saibinn. ‘Milagres Saibinn’ is also believed to cure various ailments and many devotees from different religious communities make vows, pour coconut oil over the statue of our Lady of Milagres and offer wax figurines in repayment of favors received by them.
Spirit of Goa festival to kick-start from April 6
The Department of Tourism, Government of Goa will be organizing a three day festival entitled– The Spirit of Goa 2018 from April 6 to 8 at the D.B . Bandodkar Ground, Campal, Panjim. The three day event is themed on Goa’s drupe fruits–Coconut and Cashew, wherein a variety of products, cuisine, beverages, handicrafts and others showcasing the traditional aspects and the goodness associated with this produce. The festival will also feature live demo’s on distilling of cashew and coconut juice into relished heritage brew of ‘Feni’. Besides these, authentic Goan food, involving coconut and cashew will as the key ingredients in the cuisine and beverages will be prepared and served during the three-day festival. The entertainment section will feature timeless Konkani and Portuguese classics to modern day English Latin styles with jazz and funk rhythms including Konkani pop and will also feature large format ensembles with full brass sections. (The Goa Tourism will be utilising the services of Hop-on-Hop-off buses as a mode of transport service to cater the people to the venue on all three days of the festival)
Seeking the blessings of the Saints
The ‘Ordem Terceira’ also known as the ‘Santachem Pursanv’ or the Penitential Procession of Saints was observed on the fifth Monday of Lent, on March 19 at Saint Andrew Church in Goa Velha. Thousands of people from all walks of faith thronged the church to be a part of this celebration and seek blessings through the intercession of the saints by passing under the charols and also ask for penance for their sins. The procession of 31 life-size statues that are centuries old were led by the Tau Cross – Coat of Arms, the insignia of the Franciscan order and was followed by other 30 charols shouldered by the confraria members of the Church. The main celebrant of the Eucharistic service was parish priest of St Andrew Church, Fr Emidio Pinto in the presence of assistant parish priest, Fr Socorro Colaco, Fr Ubaldo Fernandes, Fr Benjamin Victoria, Fr Augusto Dias, Fr Salvador Rodrigues, Fr Salvador Fernandes and Fr Pedro D’Costa. In the homily during the mass Fr Emidio spoke on the theme, ‘Santa bhokta baxen mogan jieun jezuchea utrak zaiti follam diunk ani tachem utor dusreank shikounk dev amkam apoita’ (God calls us to live and spread his word like […]
Following in the footsteps of the Saints
The procession of saints, also known as ‘Santachem Pursanv’ or ‘Ordem Terceria’ will be held at St Andrews Church at Goa Velha on March 19, the 5th Monday of the lent season. There will be a Eucharistic celebration at 4.30 p.m. which will be followed by the procession. Since this event is held during the lent season, it is actually referred as a ‘Penitential procession’. This is only of its kind procession in the world which is carried out with life size idols of the saints. The procession was also observed in the Portuguese colony of Bahia de Todos os Santos in Brazil, but was later banned. Though there were 65 statues when the procession was first started their number has been reduced to 31 now as some of them got damaged due to disuse after Queen Maria II of Portugal along with Portuguese ruler, Marquis of Pombal, banished all religious decrees from Portuguese colonies in 1835. The procession was thereafter revived in the late 19th century. The procession of saints is led by a frame carrying the ‘Veil of Veronica’. The 1st charol that comes out of the church is the ‘Tau cross’, the insignia of the Franciscan order, […]
Abolianchem Fest 2018
Nirmala Institute of Education held the Abolianchem Fest on 10th March 2018 in an attempt to preserve the culture of the state. Different performances like Goan songs (Cantaram), medleys, traditional dances like Fugdi and ghumat performances were held on the occasion. The organisers had also set up food stalls, where traditional Goan dishes like Bebinca, sanna, rissois, and chicken xacuti were up for sale. Other stalls at the festival had handmade art, Aboli flower lamps, shell craft, Goan medicinal plants, ghumats, books, etc. Different talks and activities were also held on the occasion.
Shigmo parade in the capital city
The annual floats parade for this year’s Shigmotsav in Panaji were held on March 10. The float parade were held from Goa Science Centre, Miramar, to Harley Davidson showroom, Caranzalem.
Gulalotsav- marks the beginning of Shigmotsav festivities in Panaji
Holi or ‘Dhuli Vandan’ the festival of colour, was celebrated in Goa along with rest of the country on March 2. The main city function, ‘Gulalotsav’ –organised by the Panaji Shigmotsav Samiti, began at 9:30 a.m. with a prayer offered to the city deity, Mahalaxmi, at Shree Mahalaxmi Temple, Panaji. This was followed by a procession of Romtamel from the temple to Azad Maidan. The ‘Gulalotsav’ marked the beginning of the Shigmotsav festivities in the capital city. The floats parade for this year’s Shigmotsav in Panaji will be held on March 10 and the cultural activities organised by the Panaji Shigmotsav Samiti will be held from March 7 to March 11 at Azad Maidan from 7 p.m. onwards.
Shigmo parades will be held in the state from March 3
Shigmo festivities and parades will be held in the state from March 3 to March 17, 2018. Briefing media on Thursday, Tourism Minister, Babu Azgaonkar said that the people will be able to see the artistic nature of the Goan artistes depicted in floats and relating to mythology and social issues. As per the schedule, drawn by the tourism authorities, the Shigmo parades would begin On March 3 with the parade in Ponda. Thereafter the parades would be held at Margao – March 4, Sanguem – March 6, Sanquelim and Vasco – March 7, Valpoi – March 8, Bicholim – March 9, Panaji – March 10, Mapusa – March 11, Pernem – March 12, Canacona – March 13, Quepem – March 14, Curchorem – March 15, Cuncolim – March 16 and Dharbandora – March 17.
Panaji Shigmo Parades to be held on Dr. Jack de Sequeira road
The floats parade for this year’s Shigmotsav in Panaji will be held on March 10. The float parade has been shifted this year and will now be held from Goa Science Centre, Miramar, to Harley Davidson showroom, Caranzalem. Briefing a press conference on Thursday, chairman of Panaji Shigmotsav Samiti– Srinivas Dempo said that the Shigmotsav festivities will begin on March 2 at 10 a.m. with Gulalotsav at Azad Maidan after seeking blessings from Goddess Mahalaximi at Shree Mahalaxmi Temple. The cultural activities will be held from March 7 to March 11 at Azad Maidan from 7 p.m. onwards. Besides this, the Panaji Shigmotsav Samiti will felicitate three artists who have excelled in the field of art and culture. The artists who will be felicitated are – Haji Usman Mohamad Khan, Rajnikant Meghashyam Dhond, and Bosco Menezes. The sequence of the float parade will be– Romta-Mell followed by Lok-Nritya (folk dance) and Chitra-Rath (floats). The 2018 Panaji Shigmotsav will feature around 40 Chitra-Raths, 6 Lok- Nritya groups and 7 Romta-Mell groups. The Shigmo festival parade will start around 4 p.m. (Due to change in the venue of float parade, the organizers have roped in the services of KTC buses to transport […]
The Feast of Miraculous Cross
Thousands of faithful from across the state thronged to the Monte de Boa Vista, Old Goa on February 23 for the annual feast of Cruz dos Milagres widely known as ‘Khuris Milagr’. The novenas in preparation of the feast had commenced on February 14, and the theme for the feast was, ‘Kristacho Khuris Devik Mogachi Zhor’ (Christ’s Cross: A Spring of Love). The day also marked the 399th anniversary of the apparition of Jesus Christ on February 23, 1619, on a three-and-a-half-feet cross which was erected at the site. The apparition saw red flags miraculously flying above Boa Vista Hill. There were rays of bright light were seen emanating from the sky and falling on the cross. Later on a crucified figure was also seen on the cross with his body covered was with wounds. At that point of time the cross which was three and half feet tall grew to approximately six feet. The news of the miraculous incident drew many including the sick, who were healed. Later, on March 5 1619, a water-spring also gushed out at the barren rocky site and more miraculous healings took place. A few months later, the then Archbishop of Goa, Cristavo de […]
Shigmotsav festivities to begin in Ponda from February 27
Ponda, the cultural capital of the state will witness Shigmotsav programmes from February 27 to March 4 The festivities will begin with paying obeisance to Goddess Mahalasa at Mardol-Priol. The Shigmotsav float parade will be held on March 3, Informed president of Shigmotsav commit-tee Ramakrishna ‘Sudin’ Dhavalikar. Addressing the gathering after a meeting in Ponda recently, Dhavalikar said that this is for the first time that a meeting is held with the sarpanch and panch members of all the village panchayats in Ponda and Zilla Panchayat members along with the members of the Ponda Municipal Council. “When we say ‘Ponda Shigmotsav’, it should include everyone. From this year, panchayats will play an active role informed Dhavalikar. While informing about the competitions, Dhavalikar said that the prize money has been increased in order to give credit to the creativity of the ar-tistes. Ponda taluka values art and artistes, hence, the prize money is revised. There will be three com-petitions. For Chitrarath float competition, the first prize is Its 85,000, second prize of Its 65,000, third prize of Its so,000 along with consolation prizes and honorarium. For Romtamel competition, the first prize will be Its 65,000, second prize Its 45,000 and third […]
Viva Carnival ! Viva Goa !
On Saturday King Momo, Bruno Azaredo, along with his queen and colorful royal entourage announced his reign by proclaiming the mock rules of Carnival festivities i.e Eat, Drink and Enjoy over the next four days.The floats in the capital city were held on Dr. Jack Sequira road, Miramar. The Panaji carnival witnessed a total number of 48 floats based on various themes such as preservation of Bondvall lake, gender equality, Goan folk festivities and other social issues.
Goa Food and Cultural Festival gets underway
The five day Food and Cultural festival 2018 was inaugurated by Minister for Tourism, Manohar Ajgaonkar on Friday evening. Among the activities during the festival are performances by popular national troupes, including ‘Agnee’, ‘Lagori’, ‘Ravi Chary’ with Gino Banks & Troupe, live music by top Goan Bands – Crimson Tide and Rahul with ‘Raagas 2 Riches’, international dance performances, fashion show by Anusha Shaikh, sand sculpture workshop, Chef de Goa Cooking Contest, and much more. (The Food & Cultural festival is open to all and will commence at 6.00 p.m. every evening till February 13)
Goa Carnival Food & Cultural Festival 2018 Press Conference
The theme song for the Carnival – ‘Goencho Carnaval’ was launched today. It has been composed and arranged by Sidney Soares, Silvina Lopes, and Lloyd Paul. The four-day long carnival festivities in the state will begin on February 10 and will continue till February 13. The Carnival festivities will begin in the state with a parade in the capital city of Panaji. This year the parade will be held along the Miramar- Dona Paula road. A Food and Cultural Festival has also been arranged during the Carnival festivities. The food festival, however, will begin a day earlier on February 9 and conclude on February 13. This year, a new route has been chosen. Different performances and events will be held at the venue of the food festival, where top Goan and national bands will perform. Bruno Azaredo has been chosen as King Momo for this year’s carnival. He said, “I am very happy with being chosen as King Momo.” The chairman of Goa Tourism Development Corporation has said that this year’s carnival is going to be a very different carnival. It will focus on keeping ‘Goa clean’. He said that people should participate in the carnival festivities and enjoy the celebrations.
“Sur Jahan”– World peace music festival
The 4th edition of Sur Jahan ¬– world peace music festival, organised by Directorate of Art and culture in collaboration with Bangla Natak Dot Com and Kala Academy Goa will be held at Kala Academy, Panaji from February 7 to February 9. In this year’s festival Tuuletar (Finland), Muzsikas (Hungary), Bengal –Goa Music Ensamble, Muzykanci (Poland), Cheikh Lo (Senegal), Atse Tewodros (Italy/Ethiopia) and Nizami Khusro Brothers (Delhi) will be performing. (Sur Jahan will be held from February 7 to February 9 at Kala Academy, Panaji. The event is open to all) Pic Credit: Hemant Parab
Carnival Festival to be held from February 10
The annual Carnival festival will be held from February 10 to 13, 2018. Bruno Azaredo from Utorda has been selected as King Momo for this year’s carnival festivities. Azaredo will lead the float parades in all the major cities along with a colorful entourage beginning with Panaji on February 10, followed by Margao on 11th, Vasco on 12th and Mapusa on 13th. Besides, these parades will also be held in Ponda 11th February, Curchorem on 12th and Morjim on 13th. Total prize money for the 2018 Carnival festival has been increased to Rs. 7, 35,000, per center. The Goa Tourism will also hold Goa Food and Cultural festival from February 9-13, 2018
Ajgaonkar: decision to hold Carnival parade in Pernem is aimed at promoting tourism
Alleging that politics’ is being played by a group of people opposing Carnival parade in Pernem, Tourism Minister Manohar Ajgaonkar, on Monday, said that the government’s decision to hold Carnival parade in Pernem is aimed at promoting tourism in the Med. “There is a section of people who are spreading the rumors. Carnival is not about casteism. We are holding the Carnival in Pernemwith an aim to promote tourism. But unfortunately some people are relating other issues with Carnival,” said the tourism Minister while speaking to pressmen in Panaji. “Carnival parade is being held every year in Panaji, Margao, Mapusa, Vasco. Besides these, another parade is held in Shiroda, which will not be held this year there and as such we want to hold it in Pernem. As Tourism Minister and representative of Pernem taluka, I want to put Pernem on tourism map by holding the Carnival parade there,” he said. A group of people has labeled the Carnival parade as the legacy of the Portuguese and has warned that it will take to the streets if the government does not cancel the parade in Pernem. Meanwhile, Ajgaonkar held a meeting of the State Level Marketing and Promotion Committee (SLMPC) in […]
Soulful Music at Monte Music Festival
For over 16 years, Fundação Oriente along with Cidade de Goa have been initiating the Monte Music Festival that takes place at the Chapel of Our lady of Mount, Old Goa. This year as Fundação Oriente completes 30 years. They are putting efforts in taking the festival to the next level and as part of the occasion. There will a be performance by internationally acclaimed Portuguese fadista’s – Pedro Moutinho accompanied by Andre Dias (guitar), Tiago Silva (fado guitar) and Daniel Pinto (acoustic bass) who will give voice to 25 poems that explore the various dimension of fado. The opening performance for the festival will be a traditional Odissi dance recital by Mitali D’Souza and her two daughters, Diya and Risa. The day will end with a performance by the Aradhon Choir from Goa who will give a new perspective to Konkani hymns by creating vocal and instrumental arrangements around the melody. Giving details of the performance during a press conference held on Monday, director of Fundação Oriente, Maria Inês Figueira says: “On February 3, folk singer Mangka along with the Laihui Ensemble will delight the audience with traditional songs from the State of Manipur and also a programme of sacred music […]