Check out the celebrations of the famous Holy Spirit feast in Margao

A walk through the feast of the Holy Spirit Church, in Margao, also known as 'Purumentachem fest'
Goa| Holy Spirit Church| Margao| Purument fest
Goa| Holy Spirit Church| Margao| Purument festPhoto: Joshua Gonsalves

The Holy Spirit Church in Margao celebrates the feast of the Pentecost on the seventh Sunday after Easter, every year. One of the most awaited feasts, people look forward to this day not only to attend feast but also to prepare for the oncoming monsoon season in Goa.

Interestingly, this feast is also known as the 'Purumentachem fest'. The word purument, when translated from Portuguese means 'provisions'. People purchase various items from the fest, such as dry salted fish, kokum, vinegar, onions and more, which is then stored for the monsoons.

Goa| Holy Spirit Church| Margao| Purument fest
Goa| Holy Spirit Church| Margao| Purument festPhoto: Joshua Gonsalves

Here is a glimpse of the festivities that took place in Margao on the feast day this year.

Goa| Holy Spirit Church| Margao| Purument fest| Holy mass
Goa| Holy Spirit Church| Margao| Purument fest| Holy massPhoto: Joshua Gonsalves

This year, the feast was celebrated on May 28, 2023, and recorded a total of six masses that were celebrated at the Holy Spirit Church, Margao, with the first mass commencing at 5 am.

Goa| Holy Spirit Church| Margao| Purument fest| Holy mass
Goa| Holy Spirit Church| Margao| Purument fest| Holy massPhoto: Joshua Gonsalves

In keeping with tradition, the church celebrated the feast mass, which is known to be longer than the other masses.

Goa| Holy Spirit Church| Margao| Purument fest| Holy mass
Goa| Holy Spirit Church| Margao| Purument fest| Holy massPhoto: Joshua Gonsalves

The feast mass was celebrated in a grand fashion, and the priest was seen wearing special vestments, reserved only for important occasions of the church.

Goa| Holy Spirit Church| Margao| Purument fest| Procession
Goa| Holy Spirit Church| Margao| Purument fest| Procession Photo: Joshua Gonsalves

After the feast mass ended, a procession comprising the members of the church confraternity and parishioners made its way around the compound of the church.

Goa| Holy Spirit Church| Margao| Purument fest| Procession
Goa| Holy Spirit Church| Margao| Purument fest| Procession Photo: Joshua Gonsalves

The priest led the procession and was seen holding the blessed sacrament.

Goa| Holy Spirit Church| Margao| Purument fest| Procession
Goa| Holy Spirit Church| Margao| Purument fest| Procession Photo: Joshua Gonsalves

Many people were seen religiously taking part in the procession.

Goa| Holy Spirit Church| Margao| Purument fest| Procession| Brass band
Goa| Holy Spirit Church| Margao| Purument fest| Procession| Brass band Photo: Joshua Gonsalves

What's a Goan feast without music? The procession was led by the traditional brass band playing catchy tunes.

Goa| Holy Spirit Church| Margao| Purument fest| Feast fair
Goa| Holy Spirit Church| Margao| Purument fest| Feast fair Photo: Joshua Gonsalves

This feast also brings along a fair that almost every Goan looks forward to visiting and grabbing purument items ahead of the fast-approaching monsoons.

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