Patoienchem Fest

Patoienchem Fest is back this Independence Day at Socorro Church Gardens


The much-awaited Patoienchem Fest is back this Independence Day, 15th August 2018. This year the Socorro Socio-Art and Cultural Association in collaboration with Goa Tourism Development Corporation will celebrate 7 Feasts. Villagers from all seven wards of Socorro viz.  Ambirna, Arrarim, Carrem, Maina, Porvorim, Vaddem and Zosvaddo will come together to make the Fest a grand success.

Patoienchem Fest
Programme for Patoienchem Fest 2018 at the Socorro Church Gardens (Pic. Credit: Facebook)

Patoienchem Fest

15th August is not only Indian Independence Day but also the Feast of Our Lady of Assumption. On this day Goans make a sweet called ‘Patoleo’. These steamed pancakes have a unique flavour – made from raw rice paste, stuffed with freshly grated coconut and palm jaggery, wrapped in a turmeric leaf and steamed. In keeping with tradition, the festival is named ‘Patoienchem Fest’ (Festival of Patoleos), where plenty of Patoleos will be up for grabs.

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Making of Patoleos by the ladies of Socorro (Pic. Credit: Socorro Socio-Art and Cultural Association 2017)

Not just Patoienchem Fest

Besides celebrating the Feast of Our Lady of Assumption, Independence Day and Patoienchem Fest, the highlight will be World Goa Day (Celebrating Goan identity), Ghumtacho Nazz (Celebrating the Ghumot – a unique goan drum), Konkanni Day (Celebrating the Goan Language of Konkanni) and Goenche Jevonn (Celebrating Goan Food).

Ghumtacho Fest – Celebrating the unique Goan drum ‘Ghumot’ at the Patoienchem Fest 2017 (Pic. Credit: Jessyl Fernandez)

What’s in store?

Celebrating the spirit of Goemkarponn, loads of entertainment programs, Goan food, Konkani music, drama etc.
have been planned. Stalls will be set up selling plants, ghumots and tasty Goan culinary delights. There will also be a book launch on Joel D’Souza. Goans around the world come together on this day to celebrate their Motherland, Mothertongue and food.

Patoienchem Fest 2017
Patoienchem Fest
Taking home some extra Vorn from courtesy Patoienchem Fest 2017 at the Socorro Church Garden (Pic. Credit: Jessyl Fernandez)

So come on over to the Socorro Church Gardens to experience Goan hospitality and witness the cultural extravaganza on 15th August from 11 am to 3 pm.