How Goa Celebrates Easter

Easter celebrations in Goa are a unique and colourful experience that is worth witnessing.
Easter eggs. Credits Annie Spratt, Unsplash
Easter eggs. Credits Annie Spratt, Unsplash

While Goa is known for its sun-kissed beaches and vibrant nightlife, it also has a unique and colourful Easter celebration worth experiencing.
Easter is a significant event for the Christian community worldwide, and in Goa, it is celebrated with much enthusiasm and fervour. The festivities start on Palm Sunday, which falls on the Sunday before Easter, and continue until Easter Sunday.

1. Easter egg painting
Easter egg painting is a beloved tradition during the Easter celebrations in Goa. Families come together on Easter Sunday to paint eggs in various colours and designs, creating beautiful works of art that symbolise new beginnings and fresh starts. The painted eggs are then exchanged with friends and relatives to symbolise love and respect. The exchange of Easter eggs is a gesture of goodwill and is believed to bring good luck.

The egg holds great symbolic significance, with various interpretations of its meaning. According to some, the egg represents the resurrection of Jesus as it is associated with new life. Others believe that the eggshell serves as a representation of the empty tomb, signifying the miraculous resurrection of Jesus.

2. Fonna Kacheri
Fonna Kacheri is a unique custom observed in Goa. This tradition entails an awe-inspiring musical extravaganza hosted in churches throughout the region. Distinguished musicians perform a harmonious blend of Western classical and Indian tunes, leaving the audience spellbound.

3. Easter Mass
The city of Panjim in Goa is renowned for its Easter festivities. The Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church in Panjim becomes the epicentre of these celebrations as hundreds of devout Catholics congregate to partake in a special Easter mass. The church is brimming with elegantly attired individuals, often surpassing its capacity. Once the mass concludes, a grand crucifix is revealed, symbolising the cross on which Jesus was crucified. Anyone seeking a truly memorable Easter experience will not miss this momentous event.

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