Today, our country marks the 70th anniversary of its tryst with destiny with great pomp and fervour.
Goa has a cultural side to August 15. The Feast of the Assumption, which celebrates the ascension of Virgin Mary to Heaven, falls on this day. The feast is a grand affair at two major churches. At the Our Lady of Hope at Candolim in north Goa and Our Lady of Assumption at Velsao in south Goa, the nine-day novena precedes the feast.