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.
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.