Sunday, February 5, 2023

Fairs and Festivals

Zatra at Cansaulin

Every year on the 6th day of January month, a remarkable Zatra is held at Cansaulin near Margao to celebrate the arrival of the three kings at Bethlehem. Three young men from different villages wear wigs and gaudy garments and look like puppets. Then they climb to a church located on a hillock near the village. Inside the church is a carved infant Christ. Their entering the church is a signal for the villagers to start merriment, dance and music. There are fire-eating, fire walking feasts. This festival is observed with gay abandon.