The Goa Carnival

The Goa Carnival

Are you planning to go for a fun filled tour sometime in February and still can’t figure out which destination you should choose? Then we suggest that you go to Goa which hosts a very lively and exhilarating carnival. You will totally love the energy, the enthusiasm and the joyous celebrations taking place during the carnival. Goa is famous for being visited by travellers worldwide, there are elaborate celebrations where you can see cheerful crowds just loosing themselves to the madness and vibe of the festivities. It is truly a dance and music extravaganza for the people who have never seen it. There is a parade stuffed with beautiful floats, entertainers and dancers at the end of the carnival giving it a grand close every year. Carnival was brought to Goa by Portuguese approximately 500 years ago, the first carnival was organised in the state. The Carnival had a Portuguese flavour to it earlier but with time the celebrations have taken up the essence of Goan culture and thus people identify with the festivities and take part in the carnival in crazily large numbers.

There are no entry tickets for the carnival, everyone is invited and you just have to come and take part in the celebrations.

Goa Carnival is the most awaited event in the state. Music, dance and entertainment are the shining features of the carnival and along with plays which portray the Goan traditions and culture very beautifully. It is organised before the month of Lent when people would have to completely abstain themselves from the consumption of meat. The parade is lead by King Momo who sets out with his entourage of dancers, bands, clowns, acrobats and other entertainers to spread the message of merry making across the state. Ash Wednesday as it is called is the last day of the carnival when the month of Lent begins. Feasting is a major part of the festivities and hence this is time for the foodies to venture out and taste some of the best cuisines, drinks and wines here. Pure indulgence, we must say!

 

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