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. People in Goa celebrate all Christian festivals with much joy and enthusiasm. The houses are beautifully decorated with lights and flowers and every Christian house will have a lovely Christmas tree. The splendor with which they celebrate the Christian festivals is worth seeing. Given here are some major Christian festivals of Goa.
Every genuine Catholic in Goa celebrates Good Friday with much devotion
and enthusiasm. The Christians decorate their houses beautifully and the
celebrations usually go on till Easter Sunday. The churches of Goa are
beautifully decorated and all devout Christians visit the churches and
take part in the celebrations.
undoubtedly the most popular Christian festival in not just Goa, but all
over India. The entire state looks like a little paradise that is
decorated in shades of red, green and white. December 25th is a very
important holiday in Goa and the entire state is decorated with gleaming
streamers. Every shop has its own
Claus to attract customers and it is the perfect time for merry
St. Xavier's Feast
The feast of St. Xavier is celebrated every year on the 3rd December,
marking the death anniversary of this revered saint. St. Xavier was a
saint who came to Goa along with the Portuguese to propagate the
teachings of Christianity to people. He was respected by one and all in
Goa and people followed whatever he taught. All through Goa, elaborate
feasts are organized in the honor of this saint on this festival.
Every year in the month of Nay, the Margao Feast is celebrated in the
commercial town of Margao. People from all over Goa come to Margao to
celebrate this festival with joy and enthusiasm. Feasting and
celebration takes place in a large scale all over Margao.