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Daman Day 2013 – Press Release


DAMAN, January 30th 2013: 2nd of February, the historical date (02.02.1559) when Damão first came to be, has been celebrated worldwide by Damanenses as ‘Dia de Damão’ (Daman Day) for centuries.

The festival is a celebration of the unique culture of the people of Daman and includes musical festivals, food festivals, traditional/folk dance performances, art & craft displays and various competitions that encourage artistic expressions of their culture.

The essence is celebration of all that is inherently old-world, ‘Damão’ – the sights, the sounds, the senses and the ‘saudades.’ The mandate – “Feel, think, breathe, live, eat and drink, to Damão!”

The celebrations begin in August, along with World Goa Day celebrations, in countries like the UK, US, UAE, Canada, and Holland among others, and culminate on Daman Day on the 2nd of February which is celebrated in Daman, Macau and Portugal.

The theme for Daman Day 2013 is “Viva Damao! Raise a toast to traditional Damanense cuisine!” The theme comprises a title and a subtitle. While the title, “Viva Damão” is permanent, the subtitle changes every year. The themes in the last few years have been:

2012: “Viva Damão! 100% Música Portuguesa!”

2011: “Viva Damão! Proud to be Damanense!”

2010: “Viva Damão! Eu falo Português!”

2009: “Viva Damão! Come, Discover Daman!”

2008: “Viva Damão! Keep the culture alive!”

Daman Day is a self-financed initiative of the Damanenses under the aegis of World Goa Day and its founder, UK-based Rene Barreto. Each participating country has a ‘Country Coordinator’ who is in constant touch with the Daman-based ‘Overall Coordinator’ and founder, Noel Gama.

Beginning last year, the organisers in Daman, teamed up with the Daman Municipal Council (DMC) to celebrate the event jointly as the council has already been sponsoring the traditional annual mass commemorating the feast of Our Lady of Purification and N S das Candeias every February 2nd at the DMC Square.

The event launches with high mass in honour of the patroness of the city, Our Lady of Purification at 6pm, followed by a cultural program showcasing Damanense folklore which will include a play in Portuguese, Damanense folklore and traditional Portuguese and Damanense dance performances by local artists and musicians.

More information can be found at www.Discover-Daman.com

Noel Gama
Overall Coordinator – Daman Day (Dia de Damao)


Wanted: Potted History of Daman!

I’ve been searching for the potted history (also known as timeline) of Daman (Damao) for my website, www.discover-daman.com.

In case anyone has a source where I can obtain the potted history of Damao, I’d be very much obliged if you’d kindly share it with me.





“7 Maravilhas” is a project to identify the Seven Wonders of the Portuguese world out of 27 nominations one of which is Daman!

1. Log in to www.7maravilhas.pt and click on Votar (that’s ‘vote’ in P’guese:)

2. Click on any one of the 27 images – it will ask you for your name and e-mail Id. Fill in those.

3. Click on DAMAN.

4. You have to click on six other images to complete the survey. I clicked on both the images pertaining to Goa and one for Diu. I also clicked on Macau where we have a number of Damanenses living.

5. Click on the ‘Confirm’ button and you’re done.

Go on, cast your vote – here’s your best chance to take Daman to the top of the world!

Then, pass on this message to EVERYONE you know – ANYONE can vote; it’s not only for Damanenses. All you need is an email ID.

Results will be declared on the 10th of June – Dia de Portugal, de Camões e das Comunidades Portuguesas.

Viva Damao!