Ladainha or Ladin
Ladainha or Ladin is a thanksgiving ritual among the Christians
of Goa. The Ladin which literally means a litany to the Virgin Mary, is
a religious function of thanksgiving to god for material and spiritual
benefits that have accrued or are sought for, by the persons sponsoring
the Ladin. Preparations for Ladin would begin with the purchase of grams,
branco wine, candles, coloured tinsel paper in the local market. The family
altar is bedecked with flowers, creepers, crotons laid out in vases. The
gram soaked in water since morning is then put on the fire to be boiled
and coconut chips are sliced to be mixed with the boiled grams. The Ladin
consists of a litany sung by every one present, to the accompaniment of
the violin, singing of hymns and prayers. The village choirmaster or a
local violinist conducts the show involved in the singing of the litany.
Muharram, Bakrid and Ramzan are the festivals
celebrated by the Muslims in Goa.