Goa, the land of liveliest events, beckons tourist to splurge on the spectacular event of Goa Carnival. Celebrated throughout Goa, this vibrant festival brings along different colours of merrymaking. It is a 3-day non-stop festival of dance, song, music and lots more. This much awaited festival is celebrated every year in the month of February. Goa Carnival Tour is an exciting opportunity to witness a wonderful cultural extravaganza, which entertains people of all ages.
The history of the festival dates back to 18th century when Portuguese introduced it. The term “Carnival” has been derived from the Latin word "Carnavale", meaning to throw away meat. People pay tribute to the legendary - King Momo for three days. This colourful festival represents the commencement of the 40 days of fasting of Lent.
Goa Carnival is the most spectacular festival in India. Celebrated mainly by the Christians, the event draws thousands of visitors to the destination. With the passage of time, Goa tourism has gained the event worldwide popularity. People from far-flung areas especially mark their presence in this vibrant event. It starts on the Sabado Gordo -i.e. Fat Saturday and concludes on Shrove Tuesday, i.e., Fat Tuesday.
This exciting event insists people to start preparations in advance. Young boys and girls enthusiastically indulge in designing their costumes for the occasion. Rehearsal for short plays composed of music, dance and songs for the carnival also starts. An officially assigned person, King Momo, flags off the event of Goa carnival India.
The entire state glares with lights, colourful ribbons and glittering papers. The streets are alive with the multicoloured procession with dances, bands and floats that pass through the state, leaving tourists fascinated. Grand balls are also organised in the evenings. The entertaining performance of the live bands is another draw of the festival.
The event brings along a colourful series of cultural shows. Various exciting competitions add entertainment to the event. The participants wear multicoloured costumes and mask to hide their identity for fun. Dancers are beautifully attired in colourful outfits that are similar to those of Brazilian Samba dancers.
A panel of selected people judges the participants, and King Momo gives away prize to the winners. People smear colours on each other and present the fire work to boost up the contestants. The roads are blocked and the police hold back the enthusiast crowd. The parade is the portrait of historic and cultural Goa as folk dancers depict scenes that are related to the history of Goa. The Carnival concludes with the popular Red and Black Dance organised by the Clube Panjim on the closing day.
Indian festivals are incomplete without cuisine. At Goa Carnival, people get to taste exotic Goa cuisine at various stalls. A rich variety of lip-smacking food items along with wine is distributed to the onlookers and participants.
Treat your taste buds with the famous Shakuti, a curry made of chicken, lamb or turtle. Other delicacies include Vindaloo and Saurpatel, both made with pork, mutton and liver. Do not miss out the potent Feni, the popular liquor drink in cashew and palm variants, complemented with the plum puddings.