6th January 2015.
Video - Kings journey back home (see more info below)
The Kings journey back home: - Video
Three little kings for this year are Lesdom Lelis Fernandes, Cavell Bento Saldanha and Stephen Wiron Baretto Xavier of Cansaulim, Arossim and Cuelim
After the feast high mass, the kings make their journey downward which started at 12.30 noon and reaching at Cansaulim Church square at 2.10. Inbetween the 1.5hr of journey, the king entourage makes 7 stops (Traditional halting stations) where crowns of the kings taken off and briefly touched to the peoples heads as if making them also a king for a split second.
People going here would say 'Hanv Krov gallunk voitam'
They also kiss the large Crosses chained around the kings necks. Kings usually hold the cross in their hand (watch video)
First such stop is at the foothill at Cuelim, second station about 350 mtrs away. Passing through the fields, then come the 3rd Halt at Xendo fields. The entourage then comes off the field and takes the road towards Cuelim- Borsulem but at the pond or lake it takes right to reach 'Goykars' house next to T B Cunha ancestors House (both houses shown in the Video). At this halt, traditionally, pez or Kanji was served to all but now just a soft drink to the King and his people. It then passes through the 'Pandd' hollow passage way to come out again on to the main road towards Cuelim - Cansaulim Church Road. Near Late Alberto Cunha House (shown in the video) but on the main road is the 5th Station. Immediately, say about 100 (or less) mtrs away comes the 6th Station infront of 'Regidor' House. I guess this halt was introduced to honour the then Regidor during Portuguese time. 'Regidor' could mean a collector or administrator of Municipality.
Following the same road comes the 7th Station at Barca where Kings come off the horse backs and rest on a bench or sofa. At this place horses are also given some refreshment (Horses are hired from Belgaum, Kolhapur etc). 8th station is at in front of the St. Thomas Church.
Earlier, (before 90s) only two kings came here now all 3
The horses/kings lined up facing the Church (see pics).
Here they will sing 'Laudate' and a sort of flag / Bonderam waving act at the Church Main door.
Each king entourage has its own large flag - see pic/ video. They also had large colourful umbrellas
3 times larger than what you see in the video.
From here, the Cuelim King and his entourage take different way out / route and the remaining kings will follow the main Cansaulim road upto to say Market from where they go their own but traditional ways or route to reach their homes or destination i.e. Cansaulim and Arossim.
Last king of Arossim could reach home around 3pm. (he must have started his journey say 8 in the morning to be up there right on time for feast high mass at 10 or 10.30.)
Please note the kings have their 3 different paths or trails to reach the hill top. However, when coming down they will follow another common trail as shown in the video in the beginning. All these 3+1 trails are called 'Paz' or 'Reyamchi Paz' (Kings route or trail)
The entire traditional route from Chapel to the Church could be about 7 kms , add 4-5 Kms more upto Arossim.
Each King entourage has its own brass band and they will play in turns to keep up with the continuity as can be seen in the video.
The Chapel up on the hill
Kings trail or Paz
Kings descending Paz or trail
1st Stop or Station venue
Kings on the move
Station 3 - Xendo
Station 4 - Goykar
Near Alberto Cunha House
Horses drinking water
People on cars
one of the 3 brass bands
EpiphanyThe three Magi (Balthasar, Caspar, Melchior) who came to see little Jesus
and brought gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh
some development in the yard – stone plate
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