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Reading List for Christmas Holiday Season
A Bibliography Of Books On Goa &
Prepared by: John Nazareth
Sponsored by the: Goan Overseas Association ~ Toronto
For the: Panjim Pavilion at the Metro Toronto Caravan
Extended By: JJD'S of GOACOM ~ October 1996
PRE-PORTUGUESE CULTURE OF GOA
By Prof. George Moraes
Published in the Proceedings of the
International Goan Convention
Cherish and to Share: The Goan Christian Heritage –
Paper presented at the 1991 Conference on Goa at the
University of Toronto by (late)John Correia Afonso S.J.
INTERNATIONAL GOAN CONVENTION
AUGUST 7 -21, 1988 ~ TORONTO
Organized by The Goan Overseas Association
Community in Canada
Paper by : Professor Narendra Wagle of U
Although Goans have come to Canada from several parts of South
Asia and East Africa, their identity is defined by association
with the small territory of Goa. Only 3,700 square kilometres
in size, Goa is located on the western Malabar coast of India
along the Arabian Sea between the states of Maharashtra and
Karnataka. It is distinct from other lands on the Indian
subcontinent in that for over four and a half centuries it was
a colony of Portugal and as such was known in the language of
that country as Estado da India (“The State of India”).
The history of Goa, a rich trading post that until 1327 had
been ruled by various Hindu dynasties and thereafter by the
Muslim rulers of Mogul India, changed dramatically when in
1510 a Portuguese fleet under Alfonso de Albuquerque arrived
in the city. Within a decade, the Muslim ruling elite was
eliminated and the city was transformed into a major centre of
commerce and trade between Europe and Portugal’s extensive
colonial empire in southeast Asia. Led by the missionary work
of St Francis Xavier, the local Hindu population was converted
to Roman Catholicism, and in 1557 Goa became the seat of an
archbishopric at the top of a Catholic hierarchy spread
throughout all Portuguese colonies in this part of the world.
Despite frequent attacks by Portugal’s overseas rival, the
Dutch, the attempts of the neighbouring Maharashtrian rulers
to annex the territory, and its gradual economic decline
beginning in the second half of the seventeenth century, Goa
was to remain a Portuguese colony until 1961–62, when it was
seized by India.
55 Plus Goan
Association Annual Christmas Dance
'OH WHAT A NIGHT ... IT REALLY WAS.....SUCH A
“Jollywood Models” at 55PGA Dance
Our 55 Plus Goan Association once more "set the stage" and
created a warm welcome to our members and guests (250 in
total) , who attended our Annual Christmas dance on the l5th
December, which was held at the Oasis Convention Centre, on
Lakeshore in Mississauga. The simple but classic decor and
attractive Christmas centre pieces,which were donated by Rose
and Dom D'Souza, together with a complimentary bottle of Red
and White wine at each table,created a warm ambiance all
The formal part of the evening began with the President's
speech thanking all members and introducing the executive
committee and welcoming everyone for their presence that
evening. Then our Social Secretary,Mrs. Juliet Rebello
delivering her message of thanks, and introducing her
sub-committee and thanking them in turn for their hard work
throughout the year and especially for their ongoing support
The evening started with the Grace which was sung to the tune
of "Edelweiss" followed by a scrumptious sit down four course
dinner, followed by a delectable dessert and coffee.
Music was provided by D.J. Anthony -who entertained everyone
'ALL NITE LONG"....to a variety of music!! ‘…………….
TEGSA’s YULETIDE SERENADE - 1st Dec 2006.
Ho! Ho! Ho! TEGSA helped us get into the spirit of Christmas
with a fantastic evening of fun and enjoyment. Santa was there
with his SACK full of goodies. A record crowd of over 200
shared in the festivities.
The evening started off with a traditional Goan meal followed
with Hot Apple Cider. Vendors sold authentic Goan sweets and
The entertainment got off to a flying start with performances
by the well known Canorient Choir and a group of TEGSA members
and some young talent who specially formed a choir for the
Yuletide Serenade. All joined in the singing of Christmas
All wanted to dance more to the live music played by - FOCUS
and DJ GODFATHER .
The performers including the Band members gave their services
free of charge and TEGSA thanks them all.
What a wonderful evening!
A special thanks to Vicki D’Souza, TEGSA’s Social Secretary.
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The guest list read like the Who’s Who of the South Asian
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and politicians attended the Desi News-Grant’s Community
Acheivers Awards Gala on Sunday, November 12 at Pearson
Convention Centre in Brampton.
As one guest said, "This is a gala to remember!"
Welcoming guests, introducing award recipients, and keeping
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