Liberated in 1961 from the portugueseWhat is it known for???
Last state to be free from a foreign power
Picture of Old Goa churchesFirst hospital in asiaFirst printing press in asia
Party placeCheap boozeBeachesUnique festivals
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The feast, locally known and observed as 'Sao Joao' , was celebrated with great enthusiam. A unique feature which distinguishes Goa from other parts of the world is the act of jumping into the wells, ponds and rivers in contrast to the normally held church services. Newly-married couples play a very important role in the celebration. Generally the bride carries all the goodies to be distributed among the youth of the village and the groom carries all the hard drinks like the Goan 'feni', beer and others.The day is just celebrated with different games and traditional events like the traditional boat festival which is being organized every year at Siolim on the ocassion of Sao Joao. People who take part in the celebration are, as a rule, made to wear on their heads a crown - traditionally known as 'Copel' - made of flowers.
celebrated on the second last saturday of the August monthThe LegendThe name Bonderam revolves around the involvement of flags which in itself is an interesting story. Frequent disputes which occurred between two wards (section of the village) - Piedalda and Sao Mathias - over property matters often led to bloody duels, and sometimes death. Subsequently, the Portuguese introduced a system of demarcation of boundaries with flags of various nations. The rival groups, however, knocked down the demarcation flags sometimes with stones. Today, in a parody of the past, this is commemorated with a "Fotash" flight (toy weapon of bamboo stem) and berries are used as missiles in a mock fight between rival groups to knock down an offending flag. On the day, a carnival ambience is created. Each ward of the village has a float at the parade. Though sponsored by business houses, the floats have an unmistakable local favour. The FestivitiesOn this day, the quiant land of Divar, away from the hustle and bustle of Panjim, is agog with excitement. Melodious music drift from the village to mainland Old Goa - once the hub of Portuguese Goa - even before the crack of dawn on the Saturday. At noon people begin trickling into the village. By the evening the trickle is a deluge. An expectant crowd assembles along either side of the main through fare of the village. The tempo is set by lands and lasses wielding "fotashes" engaging themselves in mock battles. The gaily coloured floats accompanied by colourfully dressed youngsters make a pretty picture.
According to the legend of Narkasur it is known that in the ancient times, the beautiful land of Goi or Gomantak was ruled by the demon king Narkasur. Narkasura had obtained a lot of powers which made him quite arrogant and he began to spread terror, cause destruction and torture people wherever he went. He also used to kidnap young beautiful girls and this caused great unhappiness among the people of the world.The people of Goa thus prayed and the gods asked Lord Krishna for help. A great battle was fought between Narkasur and Lord Krishna in which Lord Krishna shot his famous Sudharshan Chakra, cut off the evil head of the Narkasur and slit his tongue. Thus the evil demon who ruled Goa met his end in the wee hours of the morning and Lord Krishna smeared demon's blood on his forehead as a symbol of victory.
Rua de Ourem<br />It is considered to be one of the longest bridges in South Asia <br />When it was constructed in 1632, it was the longestBridge in existence.<br />Linked the former capital of Goa to the new capital city.<br />
First Hospital in Asia<br />First Printing Press in Asia<br />