Fama De Menino Jesus is a grand event in Colva

Colva, South Goa's popular coastal village, is a well-known tourist destination having amazing beaches, hotels, restaurants, pubs and bars. It offers an ideal environment for travellers to relax and have an exciting time during their vacation spent in Goa. Beaches of Colva are monitored constantly by highly efficient lifeguards, and they have flagged areas for swimmers. A traditional feast is celebrated in the Church of Our Lady of Mercy on the second Monday of October annually, which is attended by a large number of pilgrims and tourists. They throng this church in Colva to pay their obeisance to infant Jesus, who is believed to possess miraculous powers.

Fama De Menino Jesus
The feast is called 'Fama De Menino Jesus De Colva' among the locals. According to a legend, the statue of infant Jesus was found off the Mozambique coast during seventeenth century by a Jesuit missionary known as Father Bento Ferreira. When he was sent to Colva, he had the statue enthroned after getting a special altar built for the purpose. An annual feast or 'Fama' was held a few years later, during which, the statue was kept for public veneration. Later, when the Jesuits left Goa following political upheavals in Portugal and suppression of religious orders in Goa, they carried the statue along with them. People of Colva decided to make a replica of the original statue.

A golden ring, believed to have slipped off from the original statue, was mounted on the new one. The Fama De Menino Jesus De Colva began once again after a long gap, and the tradition still continues. On the occasion of Fama, the entire region of Colva comes alive with festivities and crowds of devotees. Rooms and suites in Colva Beach hotels are booked in advance by most of the tourists, considering a heavy rush of travellers around this time of the year.

Colva Is An Important Element Of South Goa Tourism

Plenty of tourists make a trip to South Goa to spend a pleasant vacation in its laid-back environs and beautiful natural surroundings that are characterized by vast expanses of lush green palms. Those who are on a Goa holiday and wish to escape the hustle-bustle of North Goa crowds can visit this region for enjoying a soothing serenity. Among the most interesting places in this part of the world is Colva, a coastal village in an administrative unit of South Goa called Salcete. It is a well-known tourist destination and is visited mainly for its sandy beaches that have lifeguards and flagged areas for swimming.
Colva Beach
Colva Beach
 With the Portuguese conquest of Goa, the human settlement increased in western portions of South Goa. Colva was of great importance to the Portuguese, and was a preferred retreat for members of the elite. In recent times, both domestic and international tourists come to this region for enjoying its sunset and indulging in various activities. Most of the Goa holiday packages include visits to the Colva Beach as a part of their itinerary. This part of Goa enjoys a hot and humid climate for almost the entire year, while the rains of June offer great respite from the heat of May.
Colva Beach in south Goa
For those who wish to enjoy the festivities during Christmas and New Year's Eve, the ideal period for a tour of Colva would be between December and January. People who want to enjoy a romantic weather can visit the region during October to March. Tourists who want to enjoy the rainy season and an amazing greenery can make a trip to this place between the months of June to September. Booking an accommodation in any of the hotels near Colva Beach would give them the chance to take a walk on its powdery sands at their own convenience.