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art cultureThe east is the east, the west the west, but the twain do meet in Goa. After all, where in the world would you find Christmas celebrated with as much zest as Diwali, or where fish curry and rice are eaten side-by-side with chouricos (Portuguese for sausages). Imagine yourself strolling amongst women full dressed in their saris wading through one of Goa’s numerous beaches, and then having the (mis)fortune of accidentally walking over a not so fully dressed person taking in the rays. Goa is indeed a bridge between the east and west, with Goans (NOT Goanese!) serving their role as bridge keepers or “Culture Brokers” between the two. In order to better appreciate Goa and its unique culture, history and people, we hope that you take some time to browse through the several sections listed below.

Janmashtami: The birth at midnight


Today, August 23, the Hindu community will be celebrating the birth of a very prominent deity, Krishna. Here are some details about the festival of Janmashtami Maria de Lourdes Bravo da Costa Rodrigues Janmasthami, marks the birth of Hindu deity Krishna, the eight avatar of Lord Vishnu. One of the …

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Raksha Bhandan


Today [18 Aug 2016 ]the Hindu community of Goa will celebrate three festivals – Raksha Bhandan, Narali Purnima and Sutachi Punav. Here are a few details about all the celebrations Maria De Lourdes Bravo Da Costa Rodrigues On Thursday, the full moon night (purnima), the Hindu community of Goa will …

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Shravan – a month of Pujas and fasting

The festival of Ganesh Chaturthi is preceded by the month of Shravan, a holy month of prayer and fasting. During this month, the Hindus prepare themselves for this festival with religious fervour. It is the fifth month of the Hindu calendar. The day of Gatari Amavatsya precedes the month of …

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Dambab saal at Varca


Any Goan Hindu will relate to the two ‘Saal’s’ in Goa: one at Comba, Margao and the other one at Vasco. But very few are aware of the third ‘saal’ that is situated at Varca. ‘Saal’ in Goa is a very common term used for a space of a house …

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Miraculous Saint Anne: Deliverer of one’s deepest desires


Maria de Lourdes Bravo da Costa Rodrigues The feast of Saint Anne or Santa Ana is celebrated by the Catholic Church on July 26. Although there is no mention in the Bible or the Gospels; it is from Catholic legend and the Gospel of James, which is an unsanctioned apocryphal …

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Vata Purnima

Vata Purnima (Photo Courtesy By Paresh Kanekar)

Most Hindu women observed Vata Purnima in Goa by worship banyan trees whereas some women practice Vata Purnima by worshiping banyan trees branches at their homes with the priest. “Vat Purnima” or Wata Pournima is a celebration observed in the states of Gujarat, Maharashtra, and Karnataka, India. vat Pournima is …

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Bombay’s Early Goan series


The Dabul Bell Goan cooks and chefs in Bombay Story of an early Goan book seller in Bombay Bombay’s Early Goan Musicians Old Goan bakeries in Bombay  

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Croats Return to Gandaulim nostalgically, by Joel D’souza Goa, a melting-pot of many streams and ethnic stocks, by Frederick Noronha A New View of Kenya’s ‘Asians’, by Karl Vick, Washington Post, March 2000 Goans in Kenya… proving themselves under adversity, by Frederick Noronha Goans in Mozambique, by Frederick Noronha Goan …

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Calendar of Goan history in Africa Prominent dates in Goan history

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