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Goan Golden Culture

Posted on: September 24, 2010


Goa, a former Portuguese territory, for more than 450 years is often described as ‘The Rome of the East’. It has over the past decades, become the dream holiday destination, for many a foreign tourist. More than 40 years after the departure of the Portuguese, Goa is perhaps the most westernized of all the states in Modern India. The majority of Goans are very bohemian. Easy going in nature, enjoying a typical ‘tropical lifestyle’; including the ‘siesta’, which is usually from 1pm to 4pm, the hottest part of the day.

For the Portuguese, she was Golden Goa, the epicenter of the Portuguese empire in Asia. The Portuguese were great church builders, their desire to spread their faith an important motivation. Little wonder then that modern day Goa culture is a quaint blend of the old and the new, of Portuguese and Indian elements. It is also a land of great variety – with its many Goa culture and temples, In Goa culture has a deeply religious ambience which contrasts sharply with the highly hedonistic spirit prevalent on her beaches.

Religion is very important to the Goans. Whether it is Catholic, Hindu or Muslim. Churches, Temples and Mosques abound wherever you journey in Goa. Some of the churches are placed in spectacular, and very difficult locations. Due to the Portugal rule, many people converted to Christianity at that time. Yet, they did not forget their Indian roots and Goa is one place where you will find people celebrating Diwali and Easter with equal zest and passion. Known as the Golden Goa to the Portuguese, this lovely state is the perfect example of the east meeting the west. Along with Portuguese churches, you find ancient Hindu temples where people of different religions come to pray.

The place has so much to offer apart from its rich cultural heritage. Large five star hotels co-exist harmoniously with roadside shacks. Both have their own charm and importance and form a part of the Goan culture. The Portugal elements have very beautifully blended with Indian elements thus giving us a unique kaleidoscope of its amazing culture. You find people wearing western clothes as well as performing Indian rituals and worshipping in the traditional way. There are fewer constraints on women and they can be seen as confident individuals who live life their way.

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