Feast of Francis Xavier is organized in Goa to give a tribute to Saint Francis Xavier. If you are looking for a brilliant chance to witness a religious festival along with some marvelous beaches in the month of December – January in Goa, you must check out Feast of Francis Xavier. It is a festival that is indeed one of a kind.
Date and Venue
21st December 2015 to 2nd January 2016 at Basilica of Bom Jesus, Old Goa Road in Bainguinim. It is a wonderfully architectured church in the middle of Old Goa. It is one of the most famous churches for India as it holds the tomb and mortal remains of Saint Fancis Xavier.
What makes this festival stand out ?
Since many decades, 3rd December is celebrated as the feast day in the memory of St. Francis. According to the popular legend, he took only rice and water when he lived with poor people of Goa. Feast of Francis Xavier is held to celebrate his piety and goodness. During the festival starting from 21st December, the followers of Saint Francis get to worship his relics and seek his blessings. Devotees throng from all over the world to join this unique festival. The transformation of an isolated place into a pilgrimage site is really overwhelming.
How to reach?
You can easily reach the church from Dabolim Airport of Goa in hardly an hour or so. It is easily accessible from Madgaon Railway station in around 60 minutes. If you are from Mumbai or nearby cities, you can even take your private car or cab to reach Old Goa.
There are many rest houses and hotels for your comfortable stay at Goa.
Enjoy at Sunburn Festival
If you are going for Feast of Saint Francis Xavier festival, you might as well plan your trip in such a way that you can be in Goa on 27th December to 30th December 2015. You would have a real blast at the sunburn festival organized at Vagator beach. For booking and more details, you can log on to their website.
Get ready to enlighten your spiritual and crazy self in the same trip. Pack your bags and get going for the most unique amalgamation of fun, frolic and sacredness amidst the palm lagoons, beaches and the blue expanse of the sky.
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