Goa Carnival is one of the most famous festival in the state and has been celebrated since the 18th century as a precursor to Lent which is the Christian season of preparation before Easter. The 4 day long extravaganza of fun, frolic and entertainment presents the Goan traditions in a unique way. This year the festival starts from February 14 and end of February 17.
Though concentrated in South Goa, the Carnival is celebrated all throughout Goa and attracts many tourists from India and abroad too. The opening of the carnival commences after King Momo orders his subjects to party. The celebrations include a parade of colorful floats and troupes of masked revelers in gorgeous costumes swaying to lively music being played. Live events are performed by both local and national artists. Huge parades are organized throughout the state with bands, dances and floats out all night on the streets, and grand balls held in the evenings. The vibrant musical parades and lavish floats are the major highlights of the carnival.
Goa Carnival is largely a Latin song, music and dance festival. Besides, it also features short plays depicting the tradition and culture of Goa. There are more than 70 stalls providing food and beverages. Since this is the last party before the Lent season begins, reveler party non-stop during the fest. The carnival concludes with the famous red-and-black dance held on the final day.
Things to know
- There are no tickets for the carnival. Anybody can join in the fun. However, that also implies huge crowds and may cause discomfort to you if you do not like crowded places.
- It is advisable to book your hotels and travel tickets well in advance as the carnival is a huge draw for tourists from around the world.
- Kindly carry comfortable shoes as the carnival involves a lot of street activities.
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