This festival celebrates the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ through which, it is believed, he atoned for the Original Sin of Adam and Eve, thus ensuring salvation. Originally a pagan festival celebrating the coming of spring and with it New Life, Easter celebrates the rebirth and renewal of mankind.
It is at this time that the Catholic Church remembers several important events in the latter part of Jesus’ life. The story begins with his triumphant entry into Jerusalem, accompanied by the waving of palms, through the last supper, agony in the garden, arrest, torture, crucifixion and death and finally ending with his resurrection. Read More +
With the start of Holy Week, on Palm Sunday, which is the Sunday preceding Easter, the six weeks of penance and fasting, known as Lent come to an end. During Holy week there are four important services which are observed by all Catholic churches, they are; Palm Sunday (Sunday before Easter) which commemorates Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem, Maundy Thursday which celebrates his Last Supper with his disciples on the eve of the Passover, Good Friday which commemorates his suffering and death, and The Easter Vigil Service (Saturday at midnight) which celebrates his resurrection from the dead.
For those who choose not to attend the Vigil service there are also masses held on Easter Sunday. Another important event is the blessing of the house, which is done by the patriarch of the family when the church bells ring on Easter Sunday at noon. Read More +
Like with Christmas there are traditional dishes which are prepared in Goan households at Easter time. These include Sorpotel and sannas, vindalho and other savoury and spicy curries. Additionally, people make Easter eggs, usually out of cashew nut marzipan and distribute them amongst their friends and relatives. Chocolate eggs have also come to be used, and some people make chocolate fudge or milk cream eggs which are especially delicious.