25-28 Feb 2017 Add To calender
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Goa Carnival is the most famous festival in the state and has been celebrated since the 18th century as a precursor to the abstinence of Lent. The 'Carnaval’ is exclusive and unique to Goa, and was introduced by the Portuguese who ruled over Goa for over five hundred years. Huge colourful parades take over the state's cities with bands, floats and dances, while the evenings mean serious partying wherever you are. Try not to miss the final day's festivities, which conclude with the famous red-and-black dance held by the Clube Nacional in Panjim. The float parades are organised in association with the State Tourism Department. The float parade in Panaji will be led by a special float hosting King Momo, a specially decorated float, which will declare the decree of eat, drink and merry. Although, the three-day festival is primarily celebrated by Christians, it has also absorbed Hindu tradition revelry, western dance forms, and turned into a pageantry of sorts. Though it started as a celebration enjoyed only by the local population, it has today crossed the state frontiers and attracts thousands of people from all over the country. Goa Carnival is an event and I like events...

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Goa Carnival Origins:

The origins and nature of the carnival can be traced to the hedonistic feasts of ancient Rome and Greece. These carivals started in the Spanish and Portugese colonies, and gradually became known for their singing, dancing and drinking. The carnival is presided over by King Momo, who on the opening day orders his subjects to party. Hotel bookings must be done in advance for carnival as the festival attracts thousands of tourists.

King Momo: or the king of Chaos, is a character derived from the Greek god Momus, who is the god of satire. He is usually depicted removing a mask.


Goa Carnival 2017 Tips:

Join the Party: The good news is that you don’t need tickets for the carnival! Everyone is invited. So get your glad rags on, dig out some nice comfy shoes and get ready to party Goa-style for three days straight. Since the planning has already begun, it looks like being the party of the year, and an experience you will never forget.

Carnival in Goa: is an old Portuguese tradition, introduced to Goa about 500 years ago. The celebration remains vastly popular even today and retains a Portuguese flavour, even though it is now celebrated by people from all walks of life. In Goa, it is pronounced as ‘Carnaval’ in keeping with its roots. Carnaval is held in the 3-4 days preceding the Lenten season, which is traditionally a period of 6 weeks before Easter when the people fast, or abstain from meat and alcohol to commemorate the 40 days that Jesus spent fasting in the desert. This then was a period of final celebrations, one last humongous party, before the Lenten penitence began.

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