Goa is a popular destination for winters owing to its famous New Year Parties and the Sunburn Festival. However, there is a lot more to Goa than just beaches, celebrations and parties. Goa Carnival is one such festival that depicts the cultural richness of Goa.
This festival is celebrated since the year 1510 when Portuguese established themselves at Goa. The merrymaking lasts for four days throughout Panjim, Mapusa, Margao and Vasco da Gama. It is organized to acknowledge the tradition of Mardi Gras (Fat Wednesday).
These are the days when the legendary king Momo takes over the streets and the whole state come alive with music and color. It is now a weeklong event, with uninhibited festivity and merry-making. The carnival is meant to be a non-stop feasting-drinking-merrymaking party just before the austere 40 days of Lent.A huge number of tourists head to Goa to witness this most joyful and vibrant Carnival of India.
Dates of Goa Carnival 2016 : 6th February to 9th February 2016
The Zealous Celebrations
The streets of Goa are decked up with impressive lighting and decorations to glamorize the festival. There are colourful parades with bands , dances and floats that last all night long. The evenings are for full time party- it does not matter where you are in Goa. Tourists can enjoy live bands and dance performances in the parade. Notes of violins, drums, cymbals and ghumats resound in the atmosphere. Dance groups, masked revelers donned in attractive outfits, sports competitions, live music performances, floats and parades are the main highlights of this festival. You must not miss the final day’s festivities, which conclude with the famous red-and-black dance held by the Clube Nacional in Panjim.
A village known as Chandor, 10 kilometers from Goa, features one-act folk plays called Khell or Fell. The villagers make the environment totally festive through many programs. Visitors have a wonderful time in gorging upon the delicious Goan cuisine, dancing and drinking all day and night.
Goa is easily accessible through Dabolim Airport and Margao Railway Station. Visitors can hire private cabs from these places and reach their stay destination. You can even drive to Goa from Mumbai, Pune and nearby cities.
Stay and Food
Goa is very crowded during the months of December to February owing to the festive season. You must get your hotel booking done prior to your visit to ensure a comfortable stay. Coastal cuisine of Goa is a must try whenever you are here.
Mark your calendars now for a festive vacation and have a memorable time at the seaside with feasts, music, dance and drinks. Goa Carnival is the most awaited event in Goa.