Paying homage to the patron saint of Goa, St. Francis Xavier, the feast of St Francis Xavier is one of the best celebrations in the state. Celebrated every year from the 21st November to 2nd January, Goa sees believers from all over the world gathering to celebrate the death anniversary of the revered saint that falls on the 3rd December. The Basilica of Bom Jesus houses the silver casket that shelters the mortal remains of the saint.
Certainly there can be no better time to plan your trip to Goa. This gives you a superb opportunity to be a part of this religious festival and also witness the extravagant carnival.
Feast of St. Francis Xavier in Goa:
St. Francis Xavier, referred to as “Goencho Saib” (Lord of Goa) by Goans, was one of the first of Jesuit leaders to have stepped in Goa to promote Christianity. The annual feast held on the 3rd of December marks the day he was buried. After nine days of prayer called the Novena, the festival hosts a variety of ceremonies to honor the Saint’s death.
Each year, Goa gets in a festive mood even before the yearly novenas & continues for a month after the festival. The Feast day of the Basilica of Bom Jesus becomes the centre of millions of devotees. St. Francis Xavier is often conjured up by his followers for his curative powers & the feast is the perfect occasion to get blessed.
The intriguing fact which brings so many believers in Goa for this feast is that, even after 400 years of his death, the corpse of St Fancis Xavier has not decayed. Still in its good condition, the corpse in its silver casket is open for exposition. The last occasion of exposition of St Francis Xavier was in 2014 & falls every 10 years, therefore the next date the casket will be open to worshipper is in 2024.
- Location : Basilica of Bom Jesus, Old Goa Road,Old Goa, Goa
- Feast day : 3rdDecember 2018
- Mass timings:
Weekdays – 7:00 am (Konkani), 8:00 am (Konkani), 6:00 pm (Konkani),
5:00 pm (Konkani – Only on 1st Friday of the month – Holy Hour followed by mass)
Saturdays – 7:00 am (Konkani), 8:00 am (Konkani), 6:00 pm (Konkani)
Sundays – 8:00 am (Konkani), 9:15 am (Konkani), 10:15 am (English), 6:00 pm (Konkani)