Faces of India – 277

Faces of India,

a series through which I intend to portray the various characters of my country whom I met during my travels. See more here


A woman vendor selling cucumbers at cucumber festival, Goa. This is a state festival of Goa, India. People from all walks of life, not just Christians but Hindus too, congregate here to celebrate this festival. The festival is being celebrated here for past 4 centuries and there is faith in the residents around that a wish for baby is fulfilled by offering prayers here. Many childless couples and newly wed couples throng here to pray by offering cucumbers for a baby and they return to offer their thanks, again in the form of cucumbers.

There is a grand fair (mela) kind of atmosphere. Vendors sit with heaps of cucumbers for sale. It is the start of cucumber season and they make most use of this festival to rake in good money. At other times I sell other vegetables too, she said.

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9 Responses

  1. Beautifully captured, cucumbers with same size and same colour and apart from that hardworking vendor.

  2. Sneh says:

    Poignant picture!!

  3. Jeevan says:

    First time hearing about this festival and it seems to enhance to local cultivation during this season. The cucumbers she sells looks healthy enough

  4. That\s quite an interesting bit of information. Till last week, I wasn’t aware about the existence of such a festival.

  5. She looks a bit serious and camera conscious though!

  6. Yogi Saraswat says:

    cucumber festival, never heard about it before this post !! Great information with a face.

  7. She means business…kinda look 🙂

  8. dNambiar says:

    Did you try to bargain with her, Indrani. 😉 😀

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