KONSACHEM FEST

This feast is celebrated at the unusually named Our Lady of The Snows Church at Raia near the town of Margao in Salcete taluka. The feast is known locally as Konsachem Fest after the sheaves (konsa) of rice harvest which are cut at the time of the celebration.

Raia is a small village on the outskirts of Margao. The local church here, also known as the Raia Church is the scene of this feast which draws hundreds of Hindu and Christian devotees from all round the state.Konsachem Fest

The Church has a sickle which is said to have been specially sent across to Goa, by the Pope in Portuguese times. The local parish priest cuts the first sheaves of the season's rice harvest from the nearby fields.

He also gives blessings for a rich harvest for future seasons and the sheaves are then distributed among the devotees present. These are then used by the devotees to prepare some rice dish at their home.

The feast is also celebrated with all pomp and splendour at the Taleigao church near Panaji. Here some of the sheaves which are cut by the local priest are also sent to the Governor of Goa and the Archbishop of Goa Diocese as a symbol of love, good wishes and prosperity. On this day as per tradition, a football tournament is held at the local grounds among the clubs of the surrounding areas.

   

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