Goa parish celebrates I-Day differently

Residents of the village, south of Margao, hopes the festival to bring together the whole village, cutting across religious and any other barriers.

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A village in south Goa under the leadership of the local parish plans to have a traditional festival in an eco-friendly way with lots of fun, old games and cultural events on Independence Day August 15.

Largely patterned on the ‘Patoianchem festival’ being held in north Goa during the last few years, the event was organized under the leadership of parish priest Father Agnelo Cypriano Rodrigues of Carmona village.

Residents of the village, south of Margao, hopes the festival to bring together the whole village, cutting across religious and any other barriers.

Cultural leaders in some parts of Goa have initiated an effort to urge the government to declare Patoianchem festival as a state festival.

The villagers were busy for several days in the run-up for the event.

“We have invited everybody, Hindus, Muslims and Catholics, and everyone is involved,” Cajetan Fernandes, moderator of parish pastoral council (PPC) of Our Lady of Health of Soccoro church, Carmona.

The event coordinated by the PPC was planned to revive old traditional games of yore, which have almost faded into history, Fernandes added.

The villagers will assemble as one family but seven groups of them will march in a procession to the venue of church ground. “Each group will have everything in a vibrant colour, whatever they wear, sari, trousers or the cap, as per their group,” a villager said.

Elected representatives, MLAs and ministers have been kept out. “There are no sponsors and it will be very eco-friendly,” the villager added.

“Most importantly, there will be no plastic, no alcohol,” Fernandes explained.

The villagers will be served traditional Goan food in coconut shells and eco-friendly plates of leaves.

Source: timesofindia.indiatimes

Margao Fish Market

Margao Fish Market (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

 

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