June 24 marks the nativity of Saint John the Baptist and the day is celebrated in Goa with much joy. People of all ages are seen making merry by eating, drinking and jumping in the well to commemorate this day. In this backdrop, come June 24 the Socorro Socio-Art and Cultural Association will host the Ponsachem Fest for the fifth consecutive year. The festival termed as ‘people’s festival’ is a platform where people get-together, talk and celebrate the jackfruit.
Jackfruit has many medicinal properties and this festival is trying to make the people aware of these. “A workshop was conducted for the students of Don Bosco College of Agriculture on how to make edible products out of jackfruit. At the festival, the students will showcase what they have learnt at the workshop for the benefit of the participants,” says parish priest of Our Lady Of Succour Church, Socorro, Fr Santana Carvalho. A demonstration session on making products using jackfruit will be held. There will be cultural performances by villagers to entertain the crowds. “The cultural program at the jackfruit festival will include solo singing, dance performances and much more,” says Fr Carvalho.
Jackfruit, breadfruit (nirponnos), breadnut (pal ponnos) and graviola (path or kantte ponnos) will be the focus of the 27th Festival of Plants and Flowers at SFX School Complex, Siolim from August 18 to August 20. A special workshop for farmers will be held on August 19. “Around 30 schools and higher secondary schools participate annually in what started in 1992 purely for the SFX School and then expanded to include neighbouring schools in Siolim in 1993 and across Bardez in 1995 before growing into an all-Goa event in 1999,” says secretary of Botanical Society of Goa, Miguel Braganza.
(The festivals are open to all)