Celebrating the spirits of Goa
Goa Tourism in association with the Goa Feni Distillers and Bottlers is all set to organise the second edition of The Spirit of Goa Festival 2019 from April 26 to April 28. The three-day event revolves around Goa’s much loved possessions: the coconut and cashew, in a variety of products, cuisines, beverages, handicrafts, etc showcasing the traditional aspects and the goodness associated with this produce including homegrown spirits ranging from local brews, homemade wines and more. The festival will also have live demos on distilling of the cashew juice into Goa’s much relished heritage brew, feni. Besides authentic Goan food, coconut and cashew will also be the key ingredients in the cuisines and beverages prepared and served during the three-day festival. A cashew stomping competition will also be organised along with masterclasses and cooking demos conducted by mixologist Karl Fernandes and chef Avinash Martins and Tiz Martins who will showcase some authentic yet innovative Goan cuisine. A variety of exciting programmes, workshops, competitions and more will be scheduled to enthrall the audience. From timeless Konkani and Portuguese classics to modern day English Latin styles with jazz and funk rhythms, the festival’s lineup boasts of well-curated large format ensembles with full […]
Costumes, floats, music, and fun- Viva Carnival!
People of different nationalities and ages flocked to Miramar to get in on the carnival festivities. Manohar Babu Ajgaonkar, tourism minister, flagged off the parade. Over 50 floats gave a splash of colour to the streets and one could see that a lot of thought was put into the making of them. This year, many floats backed up social causes like formalin fish, Kerala floods, the inclusion of differently-abled people, suicide, terrorism, and more. People sang songs, danced, sold carnival masks, and dressed up as characters like Mahatma Gandhi, superheroes, and Narendra Modi. King Momo (William Anes) told everyone to enjoy and be merry. Pics Credit – Shivang Mishra I NT GOGOANOW.COM
It’s Wine o’ clock at Grape Escapade 2019
Grape Escapade 2019- the wine festival of Goa- was inaugurated yesterday and was accompanied by a fireworks display. Tourism minister, Manohar Babu Azgaonkar, inaugurated the festival at DB Bandodkar Grounds, Panaji. The other dignitaries present for the occasion were Mr Parimal Rai, Dayanand Sopte (GTDC chairman), and Vithal Chopdekar (Mayor C.C.P). Shine on duo performed ‘I’m in love’- an original song. Darryl and Troupe kept the audience mesmerized by their synchronized acrobatic dance. Raul with Raagas 2 Riches provided the people with live music for the evening. There are many types of wines available there such as amla, jambul, mango, cashew, ginger, anar, apple, pineapple, coconut, beetroot, white wine, red wine, Sauvignon blanc, etc. To complement the wine, there are food stalls selling interesting items like tandoori chicken, biryani, fusion food, burgers, chicken cafreal, ice-cream, xacuti, kingfish fry, shakes, prawn cutlets, berry pulao, kebabs, mutton chops, shawarma, and more. Pics Credit – Shivang Mishra I NT GOGOANOW.COM (Grape Escapade will continue till 3rd March 2019- 6 pm onwards) For more details click here.
Feast at Grape Escapade 2019
The Department of Tourism, Government of Goa will host its premier food and lifestyle festival, Grape Escapade from February 28 to March 3 at D.B. Bandodkar Grounds, Campal, Panaji. To be inaugurated on February 28 at 6 p.m., the 4-day festival will bring together a host of professionals from the tourism and hospitality industry; hoteliers, restaurateurs, wineries and manufacturers to showcase their premium offerings. Grape Escapade 2019 will showcase over 40 exhibitors which include wineries comprising of international, national and local wine producers. To complement the wines, several food stalls will be set up to offer gourmet delights. Some of the participating wineries include; Sula Vineyards, Grover Zampa Vineyards, Big Banyan Wines, Ocean King Distillers, Tonia Wines, Good Drop Wines, Santanse Wines, Pomar de Frutas, Fratelli Wines, Indus Wines, and others. Goychi Chul, Bay 15, Yellow Chilli, Anandashram, Temptations, Sua Casa Restaurant, Hungry Hatz Grill, O’ Coqueiro and Tinge, Toro Toro will also be participating in addition to many other food outlets. An exciting line up of entertainment has been chalked out. A fashion show by Anusha Shaikh, dance routines by Dance-o-Philia and Goa Institute of Performing Arts (GIPA), and musical performances by Shine On Duo – Sidney and Silvina, […]
Carnival is a medium to promote our cultural heritage: Tourism Minister
Tourism Minister Manohar Ajgaonkar on Wednesday released the official theme song ‘Carnival Sobovya’ for the annual four-day Carnival float parade to be held in Goa from March 2 to 5, 2019. The theme song is composed, mixed and mastered by Mukesh Ghatwal, who has also sung the song with Queeni Fernandes. The lyrics of the song are written by Ghatwal and Roque Lazarus. The main float parade of the festival will be held in the capital city of Panaji on March 2 followed by parades in other towns across the state. The float parade will be held in Margao on March 3, Vasco, Ponda and Curchorem on March 4, while in Mapusa, Morjim, and Shiroda, the float parades will be held on March 5. “We are promoting Carnival worldwide with fun and fervor; tourists should come to Goa to witness our unique culture. They are invited…Khao piyo aur majja karo (eat drink and be merry),” said Tourism Minister while addressing a press conference in Panaji. Ajgaonkar appealed to Carnival revelers to stay away from drugs and instead enjoy ‘cashew feni’ claiming that it has medicinal importance. He informed that well-known entertainment icon and ace dance performer, William Anes has been […]
A Delicious Start- Goa Food and Cultural Festival 2019 inaugurated
The Goa food and Cultural Festival 2019 was inaugurated at DB Bandodkar Ground Campal, Panaji. Food is essential for our bodies and it is also a great way for people from different walks of life to come together and enjoy various flavours and cuisines. The chief guest was the minister for tourism and sports, Manohar Ajgaonkar, who declared the festival open. The Valentinos with Marlette entertained the crowd with music. Some of the bands that will perform over the next few days of the festival are Lulu Fortes with The Rhythm & Blues, Frontline, Laury and the Lace, and Altitude. There are many stalls set up which are serving lip-smacking delicacies such as fish in a banana leaf, Goan style BBQ chicken, coconut water, Alphonso mango wine, kachoris, fusion food like gol gappa platters, Spanish beer, shawarmas, urrak, seafood, stuffed poli, sandwiches, juices, tandoors, and more. Some of these stalls belonged to Flamingo, The Yellow Chilli, Mahou India, Sammy’s Kitchen, Zakis biryani, BBQ corner, Café Ave Maria, Temptations, Pan Asian Hut, etc. The stalls will be competing for the ‘most eco-friendly stall’ award. (The festival will continue till 10th February- 6 pm onwards) Pics Credit – Shivang Mishra I NT […]
Experience a blend of cultures at Sur Jahan 2019
Sur Jahan- the World Peace Music Festival is coming back to Goa. In the previous years, the festival was held at Kala Academy. However, this year, it has been shifted to The International Centre Goa (ICG), Dona Paula. A person involved with Sur Jahan stated: “It is a cultural exchange in the best possible way.” The mantra of this festival is ‘Music for all, Music for peace’. Rural handicrafts will be showcased from 6th to 8th February (4 pm to 9 pm) at ICG’s poolside. The performers will be having workshops where the public can learn more about their music, the genre, the instruments they use, etc. About the performers: Mario Lucio and band– They have a very traditional style from the island of Santiago, Cape Verde. The artistes use unique instruments like an iron bar and knife. Mario Lucio had won the WOMEX Lifetime Award Winner. Liona and Serena Strings– Their origin is in Spain. They have their own interpretation of Sephardic music and melodies to spiritual and philosophical Hebrew texts. Spanish, Eastern, and Arabian influences can be found in their music. Monsieur Doumani– This band is from Cyprus. They started their musical journey to discover their roots. Now […]
Diversity of India showcased through Lokotsav 2019 festival
Lokotsav 2019- the festival of handicrafts and folk artists- was inaugurated at Kala Academy on 11th January. It started off with a rath entry which was followed by a cultural performance. The dignitaries received tokens of appreciation and proceeded to light the inauguration lamp. One of the dignitaries commented: “The central theme of Lokotsav is craft. (The items) are made by hand, love and natural products. After the industrial revolution, hand-made items were replaced by machine-made items. This resulted in a loss of human culture.” He felt that machines have threatened the livelihood of craftspeople and so Lokotsav is a good platform for artisans all over India. The rest of the night had beautiful performances such as Ghumar from Hariyana, Bihu dance from Assam, Veerbhadra from Goa, Mevasi from Gujarat, and more. More than 500 stalls of various handcrafted items are put up for the public to view and purchase. Govind Gaude, minister of Art & Culture, said: “Indian culture is preserved through such festivals. There are 15 states participating. We had started with 200 stalls and now we have reached almost 600 stalls.” (The festival will end on 20th January 2019) Pic Credit: Hemant Parab| NT
Carnival float parades from March 2 onward
The annual four-day Carnival float parade will be held in Goa from March 2 to 5. The main float parade of the festival will be held in the capital city of Panaji on March 2 followed by parades in other towns across the state. The float parade will be held in Margao on March 3, Vasco and Ponda on March 4, while in Mapusa, Morjim and Curchorem, the float parades will be held on March 5. “We are promoting Carnival worldwide with fun and fervour; tourists should come to Goa to witness our unique culture. They are invited.khao piyo aur majja karo (eat drink and be merry),” said Tourism Minister Manohar Ajgaonkar while interacting with reporters in Panaji. He said that the department has prepared a budget of Rs 3 crore for the festival including Rs 1.5 crore for decoration and illumination of streets through which the Carnival parades will pass. He said that adequate security arrangements would be made for tourists arriving in the state for the Carnival festival. Earlier in the day, Ajgaonkar held a meeting with officials of the department to take stock of preparation for the festival.
Serendipity Arts Festival to light up Goa with artistic treats
Serendipity Arts Festival 2018 will start from 15th December and will continue till 22nd December. It is a multi-disciplinary arts festival which combines visual, performance, and culinary arts. Ten venues in the capital city of Goa, Panaji, will turn into cultural spaces. Those at the festival will get to enjoy exhibitions and other artistic performances and experiences. Smriti Rajgarhia, Director of the Serendipity Arts Festival says: “The festival truly celebrates our rich artistic heritage, and we hope that this will foster cultural growth and energize contemporary practice not just in Goa but across the country.” It is a great way for emerging artists to showcase their talent. 2018 will see 1500 artists lighting up the festival. There will also be more international participants to further global dialogues with Indian culture. Special events will celebrate the 175th anniversary of Panaji by reexploring heritage sites and prominent architectural monuments through creative and community-focused projects. Amenities available during the festival: Free shuttle services from all the venues Environmentally friendly e-bikes -25 covering the sum of venues Free ferry services from Captain of Ports Jetty to Ribandar Jetty 350+ Volunteers to guide and help visitors with queries regarding the festival and registration requirements […]
Reflecting on the life of St Francis Xavier
Every year on 3rd December, people flock to Old Goa for the feast of St Francis Xavier- the patron saint of Goa. He was a God-fearing man who spread the Gospel and served the sick and poor. He is dotingly hailed as ‘Goencho Saib’ as his life story inspires people even today. His relics are in the Basilica of Bom Jesus. This year, the theme of the feast is to live life according to the Beatitudes which Jesus gave in the Sermon on the Mount. Living according to the beatitudes means always longing to know more about God, being merciful, bringing peace wherever you go, etc. ‘Like St Francis Xavier, let us live the Beatitudes and be Holy’- those at the feast were taught that it’s not enough to just follow certain religious duties, but you have to have a loving relationship with God and obey His commandments. There were masses in Tamil, Malayalam, Hindi, French, Italian, Portuguese, Marathi, Telugu, and Spanish. The feast fair was buzzing with activity and sold items like sweets, accessories, toys, etc. The St Francis Xavier 2018 feast also had a 3D stage which made the people feel like they were in an indoor cathedral […]
Iffi ends with the hope of a grander festival
The much loved International Film Festival of India drew to a close on 28th November 2018. The closing ceremony ended with the promise of a bigger, grander Iffi the following year. The hosts of the evening were actress, Sophie Choudry, and actor, Arjan Bajwa. Many prominent dignitaries graced the event like Anil Kapoor, Mridula Sinha (governor of Goa), and Vijai Sardesai (Minister of Town and Country Planning). Sardesai said: “There couldn’t be a better place for Iffi. Goa has usually been on the minds of filmmakers. Regional cinema has to find a place in national cinema. We would like to encourage Goan filmmakers to come forward and make films.” He also apologized to all the delegates who suffered inconvenience. Indian celebrities such as Anil Kapoor, Rakul Preet, Chitrangada Singh, Diana Penty and Keerthi Suresh walked the red carpet. The ceremony had dazzling performances by X1X and Vipin Aneja. The 8 days of Iffi 2018 had various film screenings, master classes by celebrities, and panel discussions. The number of delegates for this year had increased a lot more. Mr KJ Alphons (Tourism minister of India) said: “People today are very fond of Indian cinema.” He encouraged the audience to tour India […]
49th edition of IFFI takes off
The much hyped opening ceremony of the 49th International Film Festival of India got off to a delayed start sans the glitterati at Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Stadium. After much anticipation, it began with a Bollywood dance sequence, beating of the dhols, some aerial stunts on numbers from Bajirao Mastani, Bahubali, etc. Secretary of Information and broadcasting, Amit Khare welcomed the dignitaries and cine enthusiasts present for the 49th edition of the film festival that first began in 1952. He also congratulated the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award, Dan Wolman. Praising Indian cinema’s progress, with films like Padman and Toilet: Ek Prem Katha, he said: “films are becoming strong messages of social change. The entertainment industry is providing revenue and growth and generating employment.” It was at least half an hour into the ceremony at this point, when superstar, Akshay Kumar and producer and director Karan Johar walked in to some cheering from the audience. The cast and crew of the opening film, ‘The Aspern Papers’ were called up onto the stage after a trailer of the film – it will have its world premiere here. Playback singer, Shilpa Rao with her troupe enthralled the audience with some romantic […]
Registrations for 49th edition of IFFI gets underway
The delegate registrations for the 49th edition of IFFI will commence on October 8 from 7.00 p.m. onwards for all cine enthusiasts and professionals on payment of Rs. 1000, whereas the students will be registered free. The applications of the delegates who are registered with IFFI for the last 2 years will be approved within 24 hours and new applications will be approved within 48hours. While briefing the media about the preparations of the festival, vice–chairman of ESG, Rajendra Talak said that: “all our activities are going as per the schedule and this being my second term as the vice–chairman of ESG; I can say that we are much ahead of the schedule. The entire programme will be finalised by October 30.” There will also be a Goan section for the unreleased Goan films in this edition of IFFI, added Talak. The opening and closing ceremony of the festival will be held on November 20 and 28 respectively at Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee stadium, with the opening film being screened at Kala Academy, Panaji. While Bhupal Ramnathkar who has offered his service to assist Entertainment Society of Goa (ESG) for décor finalisation of the festival is appointed as a design […]
Flags, Floats, and Fun- Bonderam Festival
The usually tranquil Divar Island turned into a place of celebration for the famous ‘Bonderam’ festival. Years ago, the Portuguese tried to prevent villagers from taking over nearby land by putting up flags to mark those areas. The villagers started knocking down these flags. The ‘Bonderam’ festival celebrates their protests. The festival started with a flag parade followed by a fancy dress competition where children and adults entertained everyone by acting out the character they were dressed up as. Many colourful floats were brought out for public viewing. Whoever took part in this celebration had a great time. Pic Credit – Shivang Mishra I NT GOGOANOW.COM
Villager’s of Raia reap the first ‘Konnos’
The feast of Our Lady of Snows (Neves Saibinn) also known as ‘Konnsachem Fest’ was celebrated at Our Lady of Snows Church, Raia on Sunday with a festive fervor. The feast symbolises the act of seeking the blessings from the almighty for a bountiful harvest season. Four masses were held in the morning at 5.45 am, at 7.00 am, 8.15 am and the high mass at 9.30 am. After the third mass, Assistant Parish Priest, Fr Pedro Costa along with the members of confraria and fabrica led a procession from the church to the ‘Saibinnich Kongi’ where the paddy field was first blessed by Fr Pedro Costa by saying a prayer and sprinkling of holy water. This was followed by Fr Costa using the silver sickle to cut the first corn, and there on the first sheaves were taken to the church with a procession to devote it to the almighty. The devotees then collected the blessed sheaves of paddy and took them home to place it on the altar. The high mass was celebrated by Fr Allen Tavares, Manager of the Pillar college at 9:30 a.m. AUSTIN DIAS | NT GoGoaNow Pic Credits- Vipul Rege
‘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). Pic Credit – Shivang Mishra I NT GOGOANOW.COM
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. Pic Credit – Shivang Mishra I NT GOGOANOW.COM
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. Pic Credit – Shivang Mishra I NT GOGOANOW.COM
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. Pic Credit – Shivang Mishra I NT GOGOANOW.COM
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. Pic Credit – Shivang Mishra I NT GOGOANOW.COM
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. Pic Credit – Shivang Mishra I NT GOGOANOW.COM
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) Pic Credit – Shivang Mishra I NT GOGOANOW.COM
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 […]