The Feast of Three Kings in Goa is celebrated as an ode to the ‘Our Lady of The Mount’, a statue of Virgin Mary with infant Jesus in her hand, considered to be the protector of the people. On this day, the Lady of the Mount is adorned with jewelry and people from all over climb up to her to seek her blessings. The Festival of the Three Kings is celebrated after 12 days of Christmas to commemorate the visit of the three wise men to infant Jesus. The legend says that the boulder on the nearby hills still bears the footprints of Virgin Mary and the baby, where she supposedly rested before reaching the Hill of Remedies. Many state that the site of the Chapel of Remedios which stands there now was once a Hindu Temple site. Every year during this time, there are hundreds of Christian as well as Hindu devotees who make the annual pilgrimage to the Mount to offer prayers to Madonna, with candles, flowers and incense.
Description of Feast of Three Kings
The Feast of Three Kings Festival continues for 10 days. During this time, there is continuous dance, music and partying that keeps the spirit of Goa high. During the nine days of continuous revelry, the devotees come to the Chapel of Our Lady of the Mount to offer prayers and seek her blessings. The last day of the festival is celebrated in an unique fashion when three small boys aged between 8 and 10 are dressed up as the three Kings who brought gifts for infant Jesus. These boys, chosen from the local villages dress themselves up and make preparations for the grand event when they become the king for a day. The boys arrive to the chapel to offer wealth to the lady of the Mount and each of them take a different path and is accompanies by a jovial crowd. After the end of the rituals, there is a grand fete and fair organized where one can buy a wide variety of things, such as copper, brassware, furniture, clothes, toys , trinkets, bangles and spices.
Time for celebrating Feast of Three Kings
The Feast of the Three Kings is celebrated on the 6th of January while the celebrations start from as early as 9 days before that. The venue for the celebration is on the Festa dos Reis or the Epiphany.