from India Insight:
Among the throngs of tourists who visited India's beach state of Goa to usher in the new year, many visited for a different reason than the usual beach scene, raves and holiday revelry. Thousands upon thousands of Christians and people of other faiths braved the heat and long lines to view the relics of Saint Francis Xavier at church of the Bom Jesus Basilica in Old Goa. Francis Xavier's body, which the faithful say has not fully decomposed since his death in 1552 has always attracted visitors to the former Portuguese colony.
An Egyptian court permanently banned a Jewish celebration that has taken place since the 1979 peace deal with Israel and asked the government to remove the tomb where it takes place from a list of official shrines, judicial sources said.