Independence Day 2023: Looking at Goa through the Indian tricolour

Evelyn Siqueira

This Independence Day, as you gaze into the Indian tricolour, check out some of the vibrant saffron, green and blue hues that are an intrinsic part of Goa

India Independence Day | Goa | tricolour | tiranga | PHOTO: Rohan Fernandes


The shade of bright green, which is a part of the Indian tricolour, brings to mind the many coconut trees that grow all over Goa.

India Independence Day | Goa | coconut trees | Unsplash


Green is also associated with patoleos, a traditional sweet which Goans prepare at this time of year. The fragrant leaves of the turmeric plant (Curcuma longa) give this preparation its distinct flavour.

India Independence Day | Goa | patoleo


The sandy shores of this land, which beckon many a tourist all year round, are perhaps the first thing that comes to mind when we think of the colour white in Goa.

India Independence Day | Goa | beach


Goans simply cannot do without coconut in their cuisine. This white, mildly sweet ingredient is used to whip up a galaxy of irresistible, local delicacies, from main courses to desserts.

India Independence Day | Goa | coconut


The deep blue colour, present in the Indian flag, reminds one of Goa’s elegant azulejos and Macau crockery, which are instantly recognisable from their ornate designs in blue and white.

India Independence Day | Goa | azulejo


Fish is an essential in Goa. And, Goa’s all-important mouth-watering, heavenly fish curry is a delightful shade of saffron.

India Independence Day | Goa | fish curry | PHOTO: Rohan Fernandes


Pretty saffron coloured garlands of abolim (Crossandra infundibuliformis) flowers are commonly used for religious purposes or can be found adorning women’s hair in Goa.

India Independence Day | Goa | abolim | Crossandra infundibuliformis

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