Thousands of pilgrims, dignitaries and others, cutting
across religious lines, kissed the sacred relics of St
Francis Xavier venerated as Goencho Saib after the 16th
Exposition commenced on Sunday (November 21), following
a nearly three-hour ceremony and procession at Old Goa.
Prayers for unity and harmony marked the pontifical Mass
celebrated by the Archbishop patriarch Reverend Filipe
Neri Ferrao on November 21 morning at Old Goa during inauguration.
A small photo feature on the Exposition of the Sacred
Remains of St Francis Xavier. http://goacom.com/goanow/exposition/Exposition2004.htm
book on old Goa monuments
A book titled "Magnificent Monuments of Old Goa"
will be launched during the Exposition of the sacred relics
of St Francis Xavier. The book has been authored by Mr
Patrick J Lobo and has a foreword by Fr Delio de Mendonca,
SJ. The book is an extensively researched hardbound coffee
table book illustrated with sketches, plans and colour
photographs providing a treasure house of information
about the churches, chapels and convents of Old Goa.
non-stop flights to London
Air India is introducing four new non-stop flights per
week on Mumbai-London-Mumbai sector, from 29 November,
04. The travel on Mumbai-London-Mumbai sector will cost
Rs.19,990, which will be valid for outbound travel up
to 31 January 05, on these particular flights.
The weekly Air India Goa-Mumbai flight No.AI-854 on Thursday
mornings offers a convenient connection at Mumbai to the
new London flight for passengers traveling from Goa. Similarly,
passengers leaving London on AI-160 on Tuesdays can travel
through, to Goa connecting AI-855 Mumbai-Goa on Wednesdays.
Adding to the buzz of IFFI, Kite Carnival returns to the
Miramar beach from December 10. As it begins a day after
IFFI concludes in Goa (December 9), the three-day 3rd
International Goa Kite Festival is sponsored by the Goa
department of Tourism, IFFI and The Nomad Heritage Trust
and Nomad Travels. On December 10, the kite festival will
begin at 4 pm with a display of kite surfing and kite
ballet, etc. There will be a film/slide show on kites
by Scott Skinner, president of Drachen Foundation.
December 11 and 12 will be two days of kite flying experience
from 11 am till sunset followed by a musical concert.
A fresh coat of paint, structural renovation and infrastructure
upgradation, all worth a whopping Rs.24-crore, has given
the famed 20-year-old Charles Correia-designed Kala Academy
a look as good as brand new.
Ultra-modern theatre for IFFI 2005
Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar announced the construction
of an ultra-modern festival theatre for hosting the inaugural
and closing ceremony of the International Film festival
of India in Goa next year. He also announced the four-laning
of St Inez-Tonca road at the cost of Rs eight crore. The
new Patto bridge is expected to be fully thrown open to
traffic on 26 November. The Chief Minister said that plans
are already afoot to prepare for the next year's IFFI,
the present work of IFFI related infrastructure works
having been completed in time.