EASTER – The resurrection of Jesus

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If you have walked through store aisles lately, you must have seen many reminders that Easter is coming. Bunnies, Baskets and eggs play as symbols of Easterthey signify the Savior who brings life.

The Easter festival is the oldest and most important festival in the Christian calendar, culminates in the celebration that is Easter Sunday, which is a time when most of us get together with families, share a meal and – of course – eat lots of chocolate! Christians believe, according to Scripture, that Jesus came back to life, or was raised from the dead, three days after his death on the cross. As part of the Easter season, the death of Jesus Christ by crucifixion is commemorated on Good Friday, always the Friday just before Easter.

On Easter Sunday, It is typically the most well-attended Sunday service of the year for Christian churches. It all starts with lent 40 days prior to this day of celebration. Lent is a period of fasting, repentance, moderation and spiritual discipline in preparation of Easter. Ash Wednesday marks the start or Lent and the Easter Sunday marks the end of Lent and the Easter season.

On this day the whole family gets together paint eggs and dyes them. There are various games organized for the children like egg painting, egg hunt and egg roll. Eggs are used on Easter as they signify new life. It is the time where people dine and make merry signifying the end of the 40 days of solemn sacrifice.

Especially for the Easter, Marcou Artefacts has designed creative decorative items which are designed artistically and in an eco-friendly way, which are ideal for decorating your homes for the festival as well as for gifting to your near & dear ones. There are also a number of utility items.

Marco Artefacts is a truly Goan enterprise which has always taken pride in being Goan and promoting Goan identity & Goan craft through their products. The company presents a fusion of creativity and quality, which promotes local talent.

Happy Easter!

NEW STORE OPENED

‘Marcou Artifacts’ launched it’s exclusive store in Panaji on 9th February. This exclusive store is located at Caculo Mall in Panaji. This is ‘Marcou Artifacts’s 4th exclusive store in Goa. There are two other stores in Panaji and one in Margao. ‘Marcou Artifacts’ products are also available at Goa Handicraft Corporation’s ‘Aprant’ outlets.

 

‘Marcou Artifacts’ is an “artistic venture” between Mr. Anil Counto & Mr. Francisco Martins. Mr. Anil Counto is one of the leading Goan industrialists with and business interests in manufacturing, RMC, Real Estate, Construction, Hospitality and Trading. Mr. Francisco Martins is renowned as Goa’s Float King, having represented Goa at Republic Day parades in New Delhi for multiple years and a leading name in the event management industry of Goa.Both of share mutual interests in art and have collaborated to start ‘Marcou Artifacts’.

 

‘Marcou Artifacts’ presents a fusion of creativity and quality, which promotes local talent. It is an earnest effort to spread the Goan culture and its rich heritage beyond the shores of its land. Currently on sale are home decor items, ceramics, clay & FRP artifacts like serving trays, azulejos, vases, mugs, bowl of different shapes and sizes and many more products.

 

‘Marcou Artifacts’ has tried to capture an unique experience that one can gift someone or adorn one’s house with through hand crafted ceramic, fibre resin and azulejos souvenirs. All the products are handcrafted and lead free & they depict Goa in it’s true sense.

 

Marcou Artifacts is proud to mention that their products have reached former Hon. President of India late APJ Abdul Kalam and cricket superstar Sachin Tendulkar. Former Hon. Governor of Goa, Shri Bharat Vir Wanchoo too appreciated and bought the products.

 

Marcou Artifacts not only looks at retail promotion but also targets bulk orders from Corporates holding conferences, seminar or as corporate gifts. It caters to the souvenir requirements of companies and organizations by providing their company logos on the products. The existing corporate clients include Goa Tourism, Radisson Blue, Grand Hyatt, Cazulo, Cabo Rum, etc.

Valentine’s Day

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The history of Valentine’s Day is associated with many legends. There are a number of Saints called Valentine who are honoured on February 14. The day became associated with romantic love in the Middle Ages in England. And now the day is celebrated around the world as a festival of love.

Valentine’s Day is celebrated on February 14. It is a festival of romantic love and many people give cards, letters, flowers or presents to their spouse, fiancé or partner. Common symbols of Valentine’s Day are hearts, red roses and Cupid.

People who would like to have a romantic relationship with somebody may use the occasion to make this known, often anonymously. It is a day to shower love and show appreciation towards loved one. It is an occasion to celebrate romantic love. Nowadays, it is also a very popular date for weddings.

Valentine’s Day is the perfect occasion to let your loved ones know that you are there for them, even if expressing it is not always easy. And therefore, the best way is to express your feelings through a nice gift.

Especially for the Valentine’s Day, Marcou Artifacts has designed creative decorative items which are designed artistically and in an eco-friendly way, which are ideal for decorating your homes for the festival as well as for gifting to your loved one. There are also a number of utility items.

Marcou Artifacts is a truly Goan enterprise which has always taken pride in being Goan and promoting Goan identity & Goan craft through their products. The company presents a fusion of creativity and quality, which promotes local talent.

 

 

 

Merry Christmas

Christmas is the season of giving and sharing. It is the time of loving and forgiving. It is the symbol of peace & joy. It is time to come together and share love and happiness.

Christmas is an auspicious religious festival for Christians. It spreads Christ’s message of peace, joy and love to the mankind. Christmas Day is celebrated on 25th December to commemorate the birth and life of Jesus Christ. The festive season continues till ‘new year’ arrives.

In Goa, during Christmas time, one can see decorated cribs & Christmas trees all around. The practice of putting up crib, Christmas tree and decorations has been followed since ancient times. Children make the stars decorate the crib, Christmas trees, and houses in an attractive way. In the crib, the replica of ancient manger is created by neatly placing child Jesus, Mother Mary, Joseph and other idols.

Popular customs include exchanging gifts, decorating Christmas trees, attending church, sharing meals with family and friends and, of course, waiting for Santa Claus to arrive and shower gifts on children.

Especially for the festive season, Marcou Artefacts has designed creative decorative items which are designed artistically and in an eco-friendly way, which are ideal for decorating your homes for the festival as well as for gifting to your near & dear ones. There are also a number of utility items.

Marco Artefacts is a truly Goan enterprise which has always taken pride in being Goan and promoting Goan identity & Goan craft through their products. The company presents a fusion of creativity and quality, which promotes local talent.

 

Merry Christmas !

 

Goa Liberation Day

Freedom means the power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants. India got freedom from British rule in 1947 but since then Goa was the only part of India under foreign control. Goa, which was under Portuguese rule, ultimately became a part of India on 19th December 1961. Therefore, 19th December is celebrated as Goa’s Liberation day.

Portuguese came to India in 1510 and ruled for 451 years. There was a prolonged freedom struggle wherein many freedom fighters sacrificed their lives. Goa’s freedom movement was built on the small scale revolts and uprisings of the 19th century and grew powerful during the period 1940-1961. The movement which was initiated in Goa, got a fillip by support from outside Goa. Varied range of tactics like nonviolent demonstrations, revolutionary methods and diplomatic efforts were undertaken. Ultimately ‘Operation Vijay’ was staged by the Indian military forces which led to Goa’s liberation.

Twenty six years in 1987, Goa gained statehood. From then on, this tiny state has been making progress in various spheres and there is no doubt that Goa would be a force to recon with in the years to come. Goa is one of the highest per capita income states in the country. Even though it is a small state, there are two ministers in the Union cabinet with Shri Manohar Parrikar looking after the prestigious Defence portfolio.

Tourism is the major industry of Goa and every year, millions of tourists visit this beautiful state which is often referred as the ‘Pearl of the Orient’. Another major aspect which attracts tourists, is the warmth & hospitality they receive from Goans, rich Goan culture & tradition, Goan festivals, Goan Temples & Churches and the likes.

Marcou Artifacts is a truly Goan enterprise which has always taken pride in being Goan and promoting Goan identity & Goan craft through their products. The company presents a fusion of creativity and quality, which promotes local talent. It is an earnest effort to spread the Goan culture and its rich heritage beyond the shores of its land.

Marcou Artifacts has designed creative Goan artefacts which add luster to the home decor. These are ideal products that one can gift someone or adorn one’s house with through hand crafted items. Some products can also be used as utility items. All these artefacts are handcrafted & lead free and depict the deep connect with the state.

– Manish Kharapurkar

The Panjim Feast

Our Lady of Immaculate Conception Church is one of the major landmarks in the city of Panaji. This beautiful church has been the backdrop in many a Bollywood movie. Built over the hillock in the year 1541, this church is considered as the oldest church in Goa. This beautiful white structure, which has got around 100 steps is also a major tourist attraction.

The feast of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception also referred as Panaji feast is celebrated on December 8 every year. The feast celebrates the belief in the conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The church is beautifully decorated with lights and the entire church square is abuzz with activity. There are stalls selling various items like apparels, toys, handicrafts, food & related items, etc. On the feast day, the masses are held throughout the day and there is a procession as well. Nine days novenas precede the feast day and on all these days there is performance of traditional brass band as well as fireworks show. Faithful seek blessings of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception on the occasion of feast.

Especially for Panaji feast, Marcou Artifacts has designed creative artefacts on Panaji church. These are ideal products that one can gift someone or adorn one’s house with through hand crafted items. All these artefacts are lead free and depict the deep connect with the state.

Marcou Artifacts is a truly Goan enterprise which has always taken pride in being Goan and promoting Goan identity & Goan craft through their products. The company presents a fusion of creativity and quality, which promotes local talent. It is an earnest effort to spread the Goan culture and its rich heritage beyond the shores of its land.

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The St. Francis Feast

December 3 is a special day in Goa. On this day, the feast of St Xavier is celebrated at the Basilica of Bom Jesus at Old Goa. Goans irrespective of their caste and religion pay a visit to the Basilica of Bom Jesus on this special day. The feast is celebrated to mark the death anniversary of the saint on December 3, the day he was buried.

Affectionately referred as the ‘Goencho Saib’, St Xavier was a Catholic missionary, who preached the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the people of Asia. Born in Spain on April 7, 1506, he came to India with the Portuguese Viceroy of Goa in 1543, and undertook the task of influencing the Goan people. He was a revered saint.

He died while going on a voyage to China. It is said that when his body was brought to Goa after a year to be buried, it was found that the body was as fresh as ever. This was deemed to be a miracle and his body was preserved in a glass coffin inside a beautiful silver casket.

On the feast day, thousands of devotees come from all over the world to pay respect to the saint. The mass prayers begin as early as 4 am and people come from all over to take part in it. The feast celebrations start with novenas. During the Feast of St. Xavier, the Basilica of Bom Jesus is decorated beautifully and entire village comes alive.

Especially for Old Goa feast, Marcou Artifacts has designed creative artefacts on St. Xavier as well as Old Goa churches. These are ideal products that one can gift someone or adorn one’s house with through hand crafted items. All these artefacts are lead free and depict the deep connect with the state.

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Marcou Artifacts is a truly Goan enterprise which has always taken pride in being Goan and promoting Goan identity & Goan craft through their products. The company presents a fusion of creativity and quality, which promotes local talent. It is an earnest effort to spread the Goan culture and its rich heritage beyond the shores of its land.

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Narkasura… A Special Diwali Tradition in Goa

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‘Diwali’, the festival of lights is the major festival in India. Like all festivals, Goans have unique way of celebrating Diwali. Here in Goa, one of the major attractions of the festival is the demon ‘Narkasur’.

The legend has it that Lord Krishna killed Narkasur – the demon of hell, on this day and hence people celebrate the victory of good over evil. Of late making and burning of Narkasur effigies has become a rage in Goa.  One sees them in every nook & corner and people seem to forget the divine role of Lord Krishna who killed the demon.

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‘Narkasur’ competitions are held all across Goa. Giant effigies of Narkasur are depicted fighting Lord Krishna who ultimately kills Narkasur with his ‘Sudarshan chakra’. The Narkasur competitions and the effigies draw huge crowds.

However, one wonders if the glorifying the demon is the right thing, when the real significance should be veneration of Lord Krishna and the victory of good over evil.

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Diwali… The Festival of Lights!

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‘Akashdeeps’ in the sky, ‘Stars’ in the balconies and sparkling lights everywhere marks the arrival of Diwali – The festival of lights. It’s the major Hindu festival in our country and celebrated with enthusiasm, festivity and much fanfare all around. The Goans have a unique way of celebrating festivals and so is Diwali.

The legend has it that Lord Krishna killed Narkasur – the demon of hell, on this day and hence people celebrate the victory of good over evil. According to another version, when Lord Ram returned to Ayodhya after killing Ravan, His arrival in Ayodhya was celebrated by lighting lamps and that marked the beginning of Diwali.

Traditional phov (bitten rice) delicacies are a part of Diwali menu in every household. Breakfast comprises of different dishes made of phov. Why is that? That’s because, it’s the new harvest season and the phov is made from rice paddy. In ancient days, this was the only thing available and over the years, it has become a tradition.

Diwali festival culminates with the celebration of “Tulsi vivaha”, which comes few days after Diwali. This also marks the start of the wedding season in Goa. It is a festival which touches so many aspects of our lives. It symbolises the family bonding, the brother-sister love, the prosperity of business & trade and even the compassion towards cattle.

Especially for Diwali, Marcou Artefacts has designed creative decorative items like ‘Diyas’(Lamps), which are designed artistically and in an eco-friendly way, which are ideal for decorating your homes for the festival as well as for gifting to your near & dear ones. Marco Artefacts is a truly Goan enterprise which has always taken pride in being Goan and promoting Goan identity & Goan craft through their products. The company presents a fusion of creativity and quality, which promotes local talent

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The Goan Ferries

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God has been really kind to Goa and Goa is blessed with the beautiful natural habitat. Goa’s topography consists of beautiful rivers and tributaries and hence aquatic mode of transportation was one of the major modes of travel in earlier days. There are many hamlets which are islands or peninsulas, therefore they have to use aquatic mode of transport. Hence one finds ‘Ferry’ service or ‘Ferry boat’ service operational in many parts the state.

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Crossing the rivers by ferries reduces the distances between various locations drastically. A ferry boat is a specially designed boat which carries passengers as well as motor vehicles. Even big vehicles like Buses and Trucks can use this service. In earlier times two wooden ramps used to be connected to the ferry as it reached the shore, so that the vehicles could enter and exit the ferry. Over the years, the ferries have gone through transformation and now they are fitted with ramps which allow the vehicles to board the ferry. They have become much bigger and faster.

However of late, many new bridges have been built and slowly and steadily the number of routes with ferry services is going down. However, in some places, it is still the only mode of transport to travel out of the village. The ferry services in Goa are free for passengers. Ferry ride is a lovely experience and one can see many tourists enjoying these rides when they visit the state.

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Ferry is a typical Goan service. Likewise, Marcou Artifacts is a truly Goan enterprise which has always taken pride in being Goan and promoting Goan identity & Goan craft through their products. The company presents a fusion of creativity and quality, which promotes local talent. It is an earnest effort to spread the Goan culture and its rich heritage beyond the shores of its land.

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Marcou Artifacts has designed creative artefacts resembling the fruit which add lustre to the home decor. These are ideal products that one can gift someone or adorn one’s house with through hand crafted items. Some products can also be used as utility items. All these artefacts are lead free and depict the deep connect with the state.