With every passing Thursday, the Pilerne Heritage Market hosted at the St John the Baptist Church courtyard is giving a sense of purpose to many, and for others it is about connecting with their heritage.
This Thursday, February 1, 2024, also promises to be a memorable evening with musical legend Angelo Fernandes set to deliver soul-stirring renditions of Konkani classics from yesteryears.
Adding to the cultural tapestry, festival curator, Dr Gwendolyn de Ornelas, will showcase an age-old Goan tradition — the traditional art of making candles. The organisers have invited the public to share in the knowledge and preserve this heritage for future generations.
According to Dr Ornelas, passing on knowledge is essential for societal growth, and this event marks a unique opportunity for intergenerational learning.
Young and talented, Jocelyn Gomes, to host the evening.
The market has become a cornerstone for local vendors, offering a platform for the sale of locally grown vegetables, fruits, homemade delicacies, sweets and beverages.
Beyond the market stalls, visitors can engage in games, enjoy locally crafted goods and relax at tables set against the magnificent backdrop of St John The Baptist Church.
This weekly gathering runs from 5 pm to 9 pm and has blossomed into one of the most welcoming markets in Goa -- a testament to the dedication and effort of Fr Derrick Xavier Fernandes and the entire village in creating an inclusive space that not only preserves the heritage of Goa but also fosters a sense of community.
Founded and powered by Fr Derrick Xavier Fernandes and the villagers, the market has become a hub for local vendors and a welcoming space for the community to come together.
In the recent past, the market has been in the forefront holding workshops of reviving the traditional art of making mollam, ghumot, pottery, etc.
CONTACT: +91 98225 82332 (Fr Derrick Fernandes)