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.

 

 

Pic Credits- Vipul Rege