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Mary Immaculate Conception Church Feast in Goa

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Mary Immaculate Conception Church Feast is one of the greatest christian festivals celebrated with immense joy at the most famous churches in Goa, Panjim church, also known as Mary Immaculate Church or The Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church. The church, located on hilltop that overseas the Panjim city, was first built in 1541 as a chapel by the Portuguese.  

The feast is celebrated all around the state of goa. In Panjim the same lasts for three days. During these days, a grand fair is organization which is meant to provide tourists a lot of shopping options including miniatures, souvenirs, handicrafts, garments, sweets, food and drink. Along with that, there are traditional hajekars who sell haje, kaddio-boddio, laddus, capam and grams, to vendors selling bed sheets, bedspreads and clothes are all to be seen during the feast. 

The feast commemorates the conception of Christ. It is of the major christian festivals celebrated in goa. The feast is preceded by novenas for nine days. The day before the novenas begin is the fama wherein the priest blesses a banner with the image of Our Lady. On the day of the feast, masses are held throughout the day, sometime even in the morning. After the feast mass, a procession is carried out that makes it way to church through the stalls. Apart form that, firework display is also carried out every night during the feast days.

During the feast, the band is appointed to play festive music capturing interest of the crowd in the late evening. Everywhere there are street seller including the chanawalas, flower and wax candle sellers trying hard to make people buy these items as they entered the Church seeking blessing of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception.

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