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St Fancis Xaviers Feast in Goa

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St. Francis Xavier was a great Catholic missionary during the Portuguese era. His body lies in a silver casket in the Church of Bom Jesus in Goa. St. Fancis Xavier’s feast is celebrated on 3rd December (the day eh was buried) in Goa every Year. The day is marked by huge festivities in order to honor the death of St. Fancis Xavier.

Every year Pilgrims from all over the world come to visit the sacred relics of St. Francis Xavier at the Old church in Goa

Facts Related to the St. Xavier Feast 

Saint Francis Xavier sailed to the Spice Islands in 1545, went on to Japan in 1549 for a year and later even in China with the view to spread message of the Christ. In Japan, he succeeded in converting hundreds to Christianity. It was in 1552 when he was traveling in China, died of fever on December 2.

According to a legend, some Portuguese found saint before he breathed his last. They then buried him in a box partly filled with unslaked lime. A Jesuit brother disinterred the body after few month and to his surprise, discovered that it had not decomposed at all.

On cutting the saint’s finger from the body, jesuit brother was astonished to see blood ooze out. It was then the title of Saint was bestowed upon Xavier. The body was interred in a cemetery in Malacca for about two years before it was brought to its final resting place in Goa.

Since then the casket is brought down and taken into a procession around Old Goa in every 10 years. During the time, the entire pilgrimage turns into a picnic for the families who come across the borders. Many trinkets and souvenirs stalls are installed near the church making it look like a grand festive fair. 

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