Sunday, 22 January 2012

Feast of Our Lady of Livra Febres, Consua Verna, Goa

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Feast of Our Lady of Livra Febres celebrated today at Consua, Verna Goa
22nd January, 2012
 I remember going to this feast, on foot, all by myself, covering a distance of
about 7-8kms.  I was just about 12 years. I almost lost midway...
See, I was into adventure or discovery trips even at tender age.

Now, by road it is about 5-6 kms via Cuelim, Borsulem, Kumsar

We simply said 'Febri Fest'

Saibinnichem orasao (Hymn, can be heard in the video in the end
soon after the procession/blessing)

Amche ganvchi askarinn tum
Soggleank amkam dovor samballun
Bhesanv ghal ge gorabear
Sonkoxttantlim sodanch nivar

Livra Febres Saibinni
Ami tujim oskot bhurgim
Ghottai di ghe Maie amkam
Tujea dhiran samball sodam
Happy Feast to you all

Some pics
The Church

the Feast Mass / Priests
Main Celebrant Fr. Denis Fernandes (Rector, Rachol Seminary),
Parish Priest Auxemio Monteiro, Fr. Joaquim Fernandes and Fr. Alfred Almeida

inside Church

Main Altar



Our Lady of Livra Febres (ummao or veneration)



Khorem . forem


Khajem, doz, kaddyo-boddyo

Monday, 9 January 2012

ABC beaches - Anjuna, Baga & Calangute

ABC beaches of north Goa

(All pics taken today 8.1.2012, between 4.45 - 6.30pm)
Calangute beach: The Queen of all the Goan beaches

A  helicopter over the beach

Beach volleyball

Lifeguard on guard

Beach pineapples for sale hawkers

 beach crowd
more and more descending

Baga Beach

shacks, beach beds and umbrellas

 sunset  5.30pm

Anjuna Beach:

Look, lovely sunset 6pm

rocky part of the beach


Lovely rocky pattern

Can you see the moon

it’s getting darker, thanks to moonlight

bonus pics:
Candolim beach

River Princess (status as on 8/1/2012)

Grounded in June 2000, checked here how it looked like then.

Sunburn festival ended on 29th Dec. 2011, today is 8th Jan. 2012

Bliss Goa

Video 3in1 (ABC beaches)

Friday, 6 January 2012

3 Kings Feast at Cansaulim (6.1.12)

3 little kings from Cansaulim, Arossim and Cuelim.
However, in the end, when all 3 kings go their different ways home at Cansaulim Church, one went to his home at Velsao.

The three kings go up on the hillock in three different traditional pathways 'Paz' but at the end of the feast mass, they descend via one common way (separate 'paz') see pic. 

 Once at the foot of the hill, they make their traditional halts or stations where the people get a chance to crown themselves etc.

There are about 8-9 such stations, last one being at the Cansaulim Church (with all 3 king together).
From here all kings go different way to their respective homes. The king of Arossim may reach home around 3pm
They all leave their homes around 8 am I suppose, to make it on time at the hillock for 10 o'clock feast mass. Leave there at around 12pm (after mass) and the journey back home takes upto 3 hours

Some pics

At Goemkar’s house (infornt of TB Cunha ancestor’s house, Cuelim)

Albert Cunha and his house, Cuelim


Next to Dr. Marconi house

Cansaulim Church Square

3 kings in line


Traditional flagging / waving (bonderam)

One Rei or King from Velsao
(daughter of Cuelim, married to Velsao)

Traditional 'Paz' for descending
(There are 3 other for climbing)

Chapel view from another angle

Journey through fields etc

about the video..

Video: 3 Kings Feast - Kings journey through field etc
Once the kings leave the chapel (after feast mass) say around 12 noon, takes them upto another 3 hours to reach home.
This is because the king and their entourage follow the traditional trail or way which is through fields etc.Besides, there are about 9 traditional stations or halts where people gather to be crowned (see video / Pic).
About 3 such halts around the foothill followed by Xendo (fields), then in front of T. B Cunha ancestors’ house

(There are 3 large houses in one row) locals  traditionally call them ‘Goemkars’
Traditionally, Pez or Kanji was served here.
The next station would be at Albert Cunha House, Cuelim.
I saw Shri Albert Cunha (11.12-12.40) after long time, last several years, he usually stayed indoors.
He was very popular at Churches, including Pilar with his white suit safari. Very good friend of mine. He was also active member of MGP (Lion) I think.

Immediately, next halt would be between former Regidor and Dr. Marconi House
followed by Barca where the kings come down and take a brief rest

Last time we see 3 kings together is at the Church square, here all 3 lined up facing the Church, Laudate is sung and the 3 large flags (bonderam) are waved from right to left see video (19.44)
From here the kings will go different ways, usually one goes backward (Cuelim) and
the other two takes different route at Cansaulim market. This year, we saw one going to Velsao taking the route from behind the Cemetery.(22.25)

Another intesting thing I have noted is the band which is usually a two man band. I think we called it ‘Chermel’ or ‘Chermelam’ see 15.18.
A man would play a drum (Dhol) and play ‘cornet’ same time. Another fellow played ‘rengtteng’.
Chermelam (?) was playing at 5am at the chapel, along with ‘fozne’ which served a sort of a wake up call to the nearby villagers
who regularly attended the novena mass. People left their homes around 5.30am so as to arrive up there in time for mass at 6.
Chermelam playing could be heard all over Velsao and Cansaulim.

Brass band:
Each king will have his own band throughout the journey and they would play in turns.
One of the 3 bands, was the above 'Chermelam'.

All cute little kings can be seen more closely at 20.25

King's crown.
It was the most expensive item of the occasion which was also kept as a souvenir.
I remember, such crown costing Rs.300 in late 70's
All other kings dresses, colourful umbrellas, bonderam etc I guess it is a church property.

 Hiring of Horses from neigbouring districts such as from Belgaum was the next expesive thing.
Traditonally, buffaloes were used instead of horses, we were told.

Video 1

Another Video (Hillock, chapel tour etc

from my archive..

Feast of the Three Kings –Cuelim, Goa
Following age old legends also associated with the chapel/feast, I am sure some or all of it you may be aware of.

1. That there was a King from Velsao too (presently only from the villages of Cansaulim) and those days kings were riding not on a horse back but on the he-buffalos (Redde, I think Chandor used to do it till 70/80s). One year, on the feast day, the thirsty buffalo while descending from the hill, straight went to the pond/lake popularly known as Pali-Tollem (See Pic) along with the king and the poor king got drowned. Since then there is no King for Velsao. And the redo belongs to Mr. Bozo or Gozo,

see pali-Tollem here

2. That the O/L of Remedious see pic
is one of the 7 Hindu sisters (some of them being Mamai Saibinn, Milagres of Mapusa & Cuchelim etc) and for these reason sizable number of Hindus join in on the feast day.

3. That on the night of the Feast i.e. Jan 6.. No one stays at the chapel/hill.

It seems there is a long procession with fire torches after midnight and who ever stays up there get sucked into to aerial procession. Where as some say who ever stays there turns into a rock.

As a matter of fact, I do know that the above No. 3 is not true. As then parish priest Fr. Alban Fernandes stayed there on the night of the feast along with my friend and two others. Nothing happened to them and they were back home safe next day . This was in 1980s.

4. That there exist a tunnel below the chapel and that a priest went through it along with a dog and that dog returns and the priest didn’t . However, same story associated with every other tunnels near the churches e.g. Siridao, Raitura, etc etc

Remeth sokol Zor/ Spring
Once it was very popular, look at it's state now.
There are houses now in the close proximity.

Kings on the feast day

a view from the chapel - Konkan Railways, fields etc

The Chapel

Cansaulim Church

videos 2009
Visit  litany

Another video with 3 kings/feast Jan. 6 2007

Thursday, 5 January 2012

Santo Estêvão (Jua)

We visited St. Estevao on 3rd January 2012 for Xmas Crib.

and I did not know there was a ferry point named Daugin-Tolto

and I did not know there existed a fort in St. Estevao.

I did visit the hillock for The Christ the King Shrine in mid 80s but don't really remember seeing a fort there. No, the fort wasn't built in last 25 years, infact, it was there long before Portuguese came to Goa..

..and while I was at it (on the net), I just discovered there exist a village named Gaundalim near Old Goa with it's own Church (Sao Braz)

So small is our Goa and I think I have not even explored 40% of it so far and I don't think I would ever be able to make it to 50% despite having all the time and money at my disposal.

Ok, over to..
Santo Estêvão (Jua)

The Church (1575)

Daugim or daujim Ferry Wharf

Tolto, the other side (St. Estevam)

Distance between the two jetties

A holy Cross in the woods

Ferryboat at Tolto

A shrine at the jetty


Main Road, Church etc

Church Main door – with two saints


Ave Maria Shrine in front



a house

A river view from the hillock

Christ the King

The Statue of Jesus was brought from Rome in 1926

St. Estevam Fort

at sunset

A view / sunset

Barges, River etc

Video 1 (Ferry, Church etc)

Video 2 (Xmas Crib etc)

More St. Estevao Xmas Crib etc pics here

Video 3 (St. Estevam Fort)