Goa, the State is best known for merrymaking and enjoyment, celebrates in the most extravagant ways. The Goa Carnaval is one of the most awaited events in Goa. The Carnival marks the end of the abstinence period of Lent before Easter and is set in motion by King Momo. It spreads the spirit of fun, frolic, and feasting. During this time, Goa comes to life; the streets filled with people, parades, and parties.
This year, Goa Carnaval is taking place from the 10th of February to the 13th of February. The whole State is gearing up for this 3-day long carnival. The highlight of the entire carnival is the decorated and beautiful parades. This year, the float parades will be held in the following places: Panjim on the 10th, Margao on the 11th, Vasco on the 12th and Mapusa on the 13th of February. These floats showcase a range of acts highlighted by the colorful costumes, extravagant art, lots of music and amazing dances. Different villages of the State also parade their floats here with their signature styles and art.
During the carnival, a lot of traditional art can be seen; Goan short plays being one of them. They portray the Goan traditions and culture. These are one-act plays called Khell or Fell. They are comic in nature commenting on human actions and downfalls. Along with these plays, there are processions of brass bands, acrobats, clowns, fire eaters and dancers all around Goa. There is non-stop music and festivity even after the sun goes down. Many hotels have special performances for their guests. Parties are in full swing till the dawn, no holds barred.
The last day of the carnival is the most sensational. The famous Goan red and black dance is the highlight of this day. In this dance, women are dressed in red tops and black skirts while the men are dressed in black tops and red pants. They dance along with bands in careless abandon. The themed party has a never-ending flow of pheni and other Goan dishes. The whole Carnaval sends out the message of ‘Eat, Drink and Be Merry!’, essentially why the tradition began and continues to flourish.
Nadia Goes, a resident of Goa, says, “It’s great fun! My entire family loves to take part in it and we have a blast. These are definitely the best days to be in Goa! Everyone looks forward to it every year.” So, what are you waiting for? Book your tickets now and take part in the biggest and most amazing celebration in India!