Particularly celebrated in North Goa in the Church of Our Lady of Miracles, the feast of holy mass is considered as the undaunted symbol of Hindu and Christian unity and is celebrated after 16 days of Easter celebration. The lady, in the Church of Lady of Miracles, signifies Milagres Saibinn who is also believed to be one of the sisters of the Hindu deities Lairai of Shirgao and Kelbai of Mulago.
On this day, the sermon in the church focuses on religious harmony all over the world. Interestingly several Hindus also join in and make their offerings of candles and oil to the almighty.
The following days of the feast see a fair that goes on for some weeks. It is a great attraction where you can look forward to buying a great number of items like knick-knacks, eatables, household items including crockery as well as furniture. Many people buy antique furniture and vintage kitchen equipment here. Talking about the 2021 feast of our lady of miracles, its dates haven’t been announced yet.
Church Of Our Lady of Miracles is a 16th century Church built by the Portuguese rulers. The Church was initially dedicated to St. Jerome, therefore, it is also referred to as St. Jerome Church.
Since the Portuguese destroyed a number of Hindu monuments to promote Christianity, it is believed that the church was built over a temple during those times. However, the structure was destroyed in a fire around the mid-1900. After the renovation, it was renamed as Church of our Lady of Miracles.
Earlier, the feast used to be held on the 4th Sunday in the month of May. However, since 2008, the date was changed due to some religious reasons.
The masses are generally held from 5 am. However, various places are held at different timelines. For instance, the English mass generally starts around 9 am whereas the high mass starts at 10 am.
One of the main highlights of this annual festival of Christians is the fair which comprises various food stalls that serve local delicacies. One can see the adults and children dressed in the best outfits. And about 1,000 devotees with different religious faiths come together to commemorate this fest.
To reach Goa, you will need to cover a total distance of about 1,869, 579, 2,129, and 577 km from Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Bengaluru respectively. Here is how you can travel to Goa by the following means of transportation.
By Air. Deboard at the Dabolim Airport situated about 30-40 km away. The airport has good flight connectivity via direct and connecting flights from other Indian cities. After getting off the flight, you can easily book a taxi to reach your destination.
By Train. You can consider deboarding at either Dabolim Railway Station or the Karmali Railway Station. Both the stations are situated within a 40 km distance and have good train connectivity with other Indian cities. After deboarding at one of the stations, you will need to cover the remaining distance by some means of public transport.
By Road. You can also consider travelling here by a well-maintained network of roadways and national highways as well. Depending upon your convenience, you can choose to travel by state-run/private buses, taxis or if you prefer to have some fun while traversing the roads then you can take your own vehicle as well.
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