Carambolim and Pilerne, villages united by a ghost past, tie the knot at a local festival – Times of India


PANAJI: Two Goan villages – both with a haunting past and still largely rustic despite fast urbanisation – tied the knot at a colourful festival recently. Unlike the glamorous twinning of Panaji with other cities across the globe, this one didn’t even grab local headlines.
Holding daintily in their hands two ribbon pieces at the second Matiechem Fest (Mud Festival) at Pilerne recently, Angela Valladares of Carambolim in Tiswadi and Edith Melo Furtado of Pilerne in Bardez symbolically tied both ends to mark perhaps the first-ever twinning of two Goan villages.
Panaji, which was declared as capital by the Portuguese on March 22, 1843, after Old Goa was devastated by the plague, has Nice of France, Lishui of China, Colorado of the US, and Victoria of The Seychelles as its twin cities.
Both Carambolim and Pilerne – villages on either side of the Mandovi – had been turned into ghost villages by the Spanish Flu of 1918. But a century later, the green spaces are turning grey.


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