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ST. FRANCIS XAVIER’S FEAST

St. Xavier’s feast is celebrated every year on 3rd of December. Ceremonies are performed to honour his death on this day as he was a great Catholic missionary during the Portuguese era. Pilgrims from all over the world come to visit the saint on this day as his decomposed body lies in a casket in the Old Goa Church. Every ten years the casket is brought down and taken into a procession around Old Goa. The pilgrimage turns out to be a picnic for many families that come across the borders. A lot of trinkets and souvenirs are sold on stalls near the church which is like a fair.

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