Goa Christian Festivals
The Portugal rule in Goa left a deep and ever lasting
Christian influence in this state of India. At that time,
people were converted to Christians on a large scale. Though
they follow the Christian practices and believe in the
Christian faith, but they have not forgotten their roots.
Goa Hindu Festivals
Hinduism is the pre-dominant religion in Goa. Though the
long years of Portugal have left the Christian influence on
Goa, yet Goa has not forgotten its roots and maximum people
follow Hinduism. Thus Hindu festivals in Goa are celebrated
with great zeal and enthusiasm.
Goa Muslim Festivals
Goa does not quite have a sizeable Muslim population and it
ranks after Hindus and Christians. Though there are not many
Muslim festivals in Goa, the main ones are celebrated with
much joy and enthusiasm. The two main Muslim festivals that
are celebrated in Goa are Id-ul-Fitr and Id-ul-Zuha.
One of the most celebrated events in Goa is the Shigmo
festival. It is celebrated all through Goa in a grand
manner. The Shigmo festival in Goa lasts almost a fortnight
and is celebrated with much joy and fervor among the Goans.
The Shigmo festival is known as Shigmotsav in Goa.
The Bonderam festival of Goa is celebrated on the Divar
Island. This quiet little island is located at a distance of
12 kilometers from Panaji. The celebration of this festival
has a unique history behind it. It is said that many years
back, the villagers resented the rules that were adopted for
settling disputes regarding the land issues.
Feast of Three Kings
A very popular event in Goa is the Feast of Three Kings. It
is celebrated every year in the month of January during the
holy Epiphany. This is one Christian festival that is
celebrated with much joy by the Hindus as well. The Feast of
Three Kings is celebrated in the honor of the Three Kings of
Magi who came with gifts for infant Jesus Christ.
Feast of St. Francis Xavier
The feast of St. Francis Xavier is one of the most important
festivals in Goa. Though essentially a Christian festival,
all Goans irrespective of their caste and religious faiths
come to the Basilica of Bom Jesus located in Old Goa to
participate in the feast.