The event was a testament to the vibrant Goan community’s spirit in the North West, as people from all walks of life came together to embrace their heritage and forge new connections.
The Goan Association North West marked a momentous celebration of culture, unity, and community as they commemorated World Goa Day on Sunday, August 20. The event took place at the picturesque Heaton Park in Manchester, where attendees of all ages gathered for a day of festivities, camaraderie, and shared nostalgia.
The event was a testament to the vibrant Goan community’s spirit in the North West, as people from all walks of life came together to embrace their heritage and forge new connections. From dawn until dusk, Heaton Park echoed with laughter, excitement, and a strong sense of togetherness.
The festivities included an array of engaging activities catering to both the young and the young at heart. Park games added an element of fun and competition, fostering team spirit among attendees. Even the youth of the community, with the youngest being just under three months old, were part of this memorable day.
Hilary Fernandes, a long-time resident of Manchester, shared his delight at the event, saying, “It’s been a great day out. When I moved to Manchester over 25 years ago, there were no Goans, so it is great to see a vibrant Goan community in the North West.” His sentiments echoed the sentiment of many who witnessed the blossoming of a close-knit community in the heart of the North West region of England.
Melanie Antao Fernandes, the President of the Goan Association North West, expressed her satisfaction with the event, stating, “This was a humble effort, and it was a small gathering compared to most parts of the world. Nevertheless, it was fun, and everyone got to meet and know each other. Slowly but surely, we are building a community that can come together and celebrate Goa.”
The day’s events culminated in a wave of nostalgia as attendees engaged in friendly competitions like the classic “dog and the bone” game. Laughter filled the air as memories of childhood resurfaced, creating a bond that transcended generations.
The Goan Association North West is committed to nurturing and strengthening the Goan identity in the North West of England. World Goa Day, a global celebration, provided a unique opportunity for the community to connect with their roots while embracing the multicultural fabric of Manchester.