2013 Golden Car Festival Special Video

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This special video of Golden Car 2013 festival is dedicated to all of the seafarers of Thoothukudi as each one of us is somehow connected to them, if not through family then by spirit. This video was complied by Peter Vaz, born in Thoothukudi but spent most of my life in Hyderabad and Chicago.

Courtesy: Peter Vas
Recorded on: 5 August, 2013
Duration: 20:07

Voice Over

We are here this early morning to celebrate the Golden Car Festival at Our Lady of Snows Church, Thoothukudi. The church itself is 300 years old this day. It is tied very closely to a historic conversion by the Portuguese Missionaries, that happened here in the 16th century. The Golden Car is 53 feet high to represent the 53 beads of the Holy Rosary. The Golden car is a symbol of gratitude of the seafarers of Thoothukudi. Today, this gratitude is universal.

For me personally, this is a celebration of coming back to my roots as I was born here. Many folks, are spread across the globe and might not have had the opportunity to be here today. I hope this small video helps you connect with Mother Mary and the people here.

I dedicate this presentation to all of the seafarers of Thoothukudi as each one of us is somehow connected to them, if not through family then by spirit.

God Bless and thank you for watching!

Author

petervas
I was born in Thoothukudi but spent most of my life in Hyderabad and Chicago. My relationship with Thoothukudi and the community grew stronger every vacation I visited here and was one day sealed in 2007, when I saw the Golden Car inch forward from under it’s gigantic canopy. Some people see God in that first movement. I did. With a bad camera and an OK location, that moment was lost forever, though etched deeply in my memory. This presentation of the same event in 2013, is to preserve a memory of what it means by “Behold, your Mother!” – இதோ உன் தாய்

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2 Comments to "2013 Golden Car Festival Special Video"

  1. […] Here is a 2013 Golden Car Festival Special Video that I made at the 300th Anniversary of Our Lady of Snows, Thoothukudi. The Paravar community celebrates this festival with aplomb. I was happy to see my work posted at this portal. […]

  2. Joe Fernando Posted on August 20, 2013 at 10:12 pm

    thank you sir.very nice .