The gates of the Raj Bhavan or Governor’s Palace will be thrown open to the public on August 15, the day India celebrates its Independence. Christians all over the globe and especially in Goa, celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Assumption on this day. It commemorates the day The Blessed Virgin Mary, mother of Jesus, was assumed into heaven.
Devotees are allowed to attend the special Mass held in the chapel of Senhora de Cabo. The mass is usually held from 10:00 a.m onwards. This Chapel is usually open on Sunday’s for morning mass and also for Christmas and Easter, but a lot of devotees make their way to the chapel for this feast. Owing to Independence Day, devotees and the general public are also allowed into the Raj Bhavan from 8:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. The main hall of the Palace is thrown open to the public for viewing. There, one can find an exquisite collection of antique artifacts like Bohemian glass chandeliers and Chinese Porcelain. A trip worth making!
So go ahead and celebrate!
Picture Credits: Goa Tourism