, Tounshe is the konkani word for cucumber. It is also the feast of St.Anna of Santana.
This original fertility worship of the tribals got baptized when the missionaries came to Goa. Couples wanting children place their request to St. Anna, this was originally to the anthill goddess Satteri. When the wish is fulfilled then cucumbers are offered to the patron saint.
Cucumber as it is symbolizes the Phallus. The feast falls on 25th of July every year, and is hosted at the church of Curca
The ritual interesting links the earth’s fertility cycle with the human