History & Culture

What to expect at Goan heritage festival

Sun, beaches, choris pao, parties and a susegad atmosphere…. Goa has more to offer than just that. If you’re in Goa between the 7th and 11th of January this year, stop by the Saligao Football Ground, opposite the Mae de Deus Church for some true Goan culture. The 2nd Annual Heritage festival, organized by the Department of Tourism and Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC), celebrates Goa’s arts, culture and history through a five-day festival.

Browse through the special gallery exhibiting photographs of ancient Goan heritage, the great Goans in History, their traditional way of life, and historic Goan moments. There will also be a section of heritage items used earlier by Goans. Tamara DeSouza a banker from Goa, who was at the festival on Tuesday, tries to capture the festival for me, “You enter through a fort, a typical feature of Goa. Further in, there are two displays–cars that once ran through Goa in the 60s and 70s and traditional pots, pans and cooking utensils. But what was interesting was a little section on coins and currency dating back to the Portuguese era”. While panels display old Goan buildings and architecture such as the post-office, a special segment on Saligao village highlights the history of the church, the historic temple of Goddess Sharvani, the history of the village and its heritage houses.

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