Monsoon in India is unique. While one part of the country experiences heavy rainfall, the other enjoys the drizzle. Among many other cities, the smallest state of India, Goa offers a magical experience during monsoon. Though the monsoon is actually tagged as “off season” for the tourists, but if you love the rain and the lush green countryside, then there is no time better than monsoon to enjoy the beauty of Goa. When we think of Goa, the first thing that strike is the beautiful beaches, but, there is a lot more to this wonderful land. So, this monsoon, here are 5 great festivals to experience in Goa like a local.
Chikalkalo: It is a traditional festival of the people of Marcel which is celebrated at the end of July. The constant downpour is the perfect component for the enactment of this traditional ritual. The event observes people spatter in the wet mud after Ashadi Ekadashi and it is believed to have been played by Lord Krishna in his childhood. Well, you must visit Marcel during this time for the proper understanding of such unique tradition.
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Touxeachem Fest, which is Cucumber Feast held on 29th July of every year. A huge number of devotees and newly wed couples visit the Talaulim Church to seek blessings of St Anne, who was blessed with a child after 40 years of barren life. Devotees bring cucumbers at the feast and offer them at the feet of St Anne and carry them home to eat.
Patolleanchem Feast: It is celebrated on August 15th at Socorro village. Patolleanchem celebration mark as the feast of the ‘Assumption of Mother Mary into Heaven’. Patolleo is the traditional sweet dish made during the festival with the new rice along with grated coconut and jaggery wrapped in turmeric leaves.
Bonderam: The festival is held on the fourth Saturday of August every year at Divar island where an interesting story of the past is enacted by the locals. Flocks of people come together to take part and rejoice in the celebration.
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Sao Joao: The festival takes place at the beginning of rainy season. It is one of the most popular Christian feasts, where young men jump into wells, streams and ponds to retrieve to gifts thrown in by the villagers.
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When you are in Goa you don’t have to think about your stay. The Konkani region is now witnessing a new trend of Homestays. If you are planning for Homestays in famous row villas in Goa, then don’t worry,you will get more than enough option. As the real estate activities are growing in and around Goa, the builders in Goa are also coming up with new style of houses with the sublime touch of old Goan heritage. Well, if you are one of those who visit Goa very often, then buying a second home will be a better option for you.