Mangalorean catholic weddings on the previous evening of the wedding day, an important ceremony is performed which is called ‘roce’ – a ritual hot water bath taken with anointing of oil and application of pure coconut juice, by the groom/the bride.
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This signifies the last bath that the bride or the groom will be taking in their bachelorhood/spinsterhood. With the ceremony of ‘roce’ the wedding celebration really begins. Both bride and bridegroom have to undergo this ceremony in their respective homes. This ceremony also signifies the mother’s love towards her son or daughter. The guests who come for the roce are warmly welcomed by the hosts “Yezman” and “Yezmani” at the main entrance of the ‘matov’ (Pendal) saying ‘paan-pod udak ailem’ (‘receive this plate of areca-nut, betel leaves, etc., and pot of water’). The guests acknowledge the welcome and reply : ‘Dev Borem Korum, yezmanya” (May God bless you). Among the guests, those who are in the habit of eating ‘paan-pod’ (betel leaves and areca nut) take the plate in their hands and chew paan-pod.
These are some of the traditional Konkani roce Songs Called Voviyo
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