GOANS EMBRACE FUN AND FIESTA THIS WEEKEND!
It’s been a busy year since January! After all the stress, hard work and anxiety, the elders as well as the youngsters are finally settling down to have a soothing long weekend with a big break from work and some quality time with friends and family. Café speaks to people on their plans for the perfect mini break
Easter is around the corner and so are the elections, both inciting excitement of different kinds. While one leaves us curious and hopeful about future governance, the other gives us a much needed break from routine life. Apart from the Catholics celebrating Easter, many Goans plan on going on picnics and short trips or simply relaxing at home with loved ones.
Annalie Gracias, a writer, is happy to get a break during which she won’t have to brainstorm on ideas, affording herself and her PC a nap or two. This weekend, she plans on going for a youth retreat at the Diocesan of Youth Centre, where there’s a Youth Pasch for youngsters. “I began the year with my focus completely on work; now I deserve break, some time for myself and some time in prayer,” she says. This short break is a miraculous period for many locals as they are finally getting to have some time for themselves, as well as meet their family members who don’t live close by. Children are, of course, enjoying the moment since both their parents have time off. The theatres are full with people longing to watch the latest releases, be it the latest release ‘Kalank’, which has picked the ideal time for release, or the much loved kiddie favourite, ‘Dumbo’. While some Catholics are busy at home preparing Hot Cross Buns and taking Easter egg orders, some are felicitous for the given time to choose their best Easter outfit. Many are also travelling across the state for various reasons and are pleased with this opportunity. Ashwin Patil, a gymnast coach, is travelling to attend a friend’s wedding in Pune. “I’ll be going for the wedding and will also be visiting my parents, who live in Mumbai, after a very long time. I’m grateful for this time and opportunity,” he says. Ashwin was supposed to book air tickets only to be disappointed by the increase in rates. Apparently, people travelling to other states for this weekend have been finding the air fare really high compared to all the other times. Reports say that most of the airlines are offering layover flights because of the long weekend; for instance, a flight from Goa to Mumbai will be going via different places, hence a journey of 45 minutes is increased to eight to nine hours. Now with Jet Airways out of the market, it will be a boon for all the other airlines with an uncontrollable increase in charges. Ashwin plans on travelling by train now, and fair enough! He loves it, he says. The entire experience is different through the journey. Perhaps, the colourful passing scenery will take him back to his childhood. What’s more? Family meets family, friends’ reunions and so many other fascinating things happening around this weekend that have not happened in a very long time. Mandar Rajadhyax, a Business Administration student from Dempe College, will be finally travelling to Ratnagiri with his mother to meet his father, who works there. “It’s just the best! like an adventure, especially with my mother. I also like the atmosphere; everyone is on a short break and there’s this amazing smell of summer and holiday in the air,” expresses Mandar. He feels that since his father is on the same long break, it is the best and only time to visit him as he would have to return back for an internship on Monday and also to vote in Goa for the elections. Apart from the Goans with travel plans, many are choosing to stay back at home and relax. Adora Lopes Pereira, a student of Don Bosco Higher Secondary School, Panjim, says, “I’ve been eagerly waiting for family time since a very long time. My parents work and so do my other family members, hence we hardly get to spend time together. The rare times we have, it has been for very short periods.” However, Adora feels that the long weekend is a precious arrangement and she is excited about the family Easter lunch that they have been planning. Her excitement also includes cousins arriving from abroad, adding to the cosy family moment. Other families are all set with their grills and fuels to have an exclusive barbecue weekend. People of all ages will spend time together, sitting in circles telling stories. Nathan Lopes says, “I will be exploring the south side of Goa, which I rarely got the time to do properly. I will also be going with my friends to mysterious hidden places inside villages of Goa with our mountain bikes, stopping there and have some nice hot barbecue.” Now, we undeniably know the code of conduct won’t be giving music any power boost nor will we see chilled glasses of alcohol, but our locals have got some other plans. What’s better than friends, fries, soft drinks and karaoke? That is absolutely what some are planning on doing. It’s innocent, innovative, creative at most of all, simply fun! Well, whatever it is, the weekend break is definitely creating some magic out here in Goa.
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