A four-day heritage festival began at Saligao in north Goa on Thursday. It has been organised by the Tourism Department against the backdrop of the 125-year-old Gothic-style Mae De Deus church, around 15 km from here.

The festival aims to showcase and promote Goa’s rich heritage and traditions.

It will highlight Goan music, dance, cuisine, arts and crafts. Stalls have been put up promoting crafts such as pottery, woodcraft, crochet, handicrafts and so on.

There is also a Goan food court, managed by village self-help groups.

The Goa Tourism Development Corporation has set up an exhibition, ‘Great Goans in history’, which will comprise photographs of Goans’ traditional way of life, historic moments and so on.

A special section on Saligao showcases the history of the church, the village and heritage houses in the village.