Its an open invitation for all those who can come - for the grand party
which goes on for 3 days - 24 * 7. The huge Carnival moves from one part of
making merryment in midst of dancers and musicians. The clowns, the local
people, children, young and aged all particiapte in this drink and dine
party which invites all to come out of their homes, in the streets to dance,
play, eat and have fun. Its as if the whole of Goa is on a party.
Goa, famous for its beaches is a happening city which welcomes people round
the year. It in the streets of this ever happening city that the Goa
Carnival is celebrated. Its a 3 days, non - stop frolic called the Goa
Carnival. Goa carnival originated in the Portuguese Society of Goa in the
year 1961. The word Go Carnival came from the Latin word Carrus Navalis.
Crane meaning Meat and Navalis meaning good bye. So for the three days
before carnival there is total abstinance from Meat Eating (though there are
discrepencies to this ideology). Some believe that Carrus Navalis is the
name of the boat shaped carraige which paraded during Roman festival
Saturnalia, in the Honour of the Saturn. The Goa Festival is held in the
month of February.
About Goa Carnival
Goa Carnival represents a king of Chaos called the King Momo. Though the
Carnival is only for three days, it takes months for its preparation. As the
entire city is involved, it looks as if everyone is getting prepared or is
making preparations for a grand party. The three day festival is primarly
celebrated by Christians, though nowadays whole of the Goan people
participate in the festival once its on the streets devoid of the
demarcations of caste and creed. In these three days King Momo takes over
the state and begins the frevour of dance, music and merryment. For the
three days and nights, Goa comes alive and nobody sleeps.
The Goa Carnival is meant to be a feasting - drinking - merrying orgy just
before the Austere 40 days of Lent. Huge parades of dance and music bands
float out on the streets of Goa with grand balls in the evening and the late
night parties going on each and every corner of the Goan Streets. The Goa
Carnival ends with the famous Red and Black Dance held in Panjim - the
Capital of Goa.
During the Goa Carnival, the whole of the Goa is gripped in the party
fever. Preparations of the Gala party begin as early as December and
January. Fancy Costumes, Jankias, fortune tellers all prepare to gather
the gala. Even the grannies can be found here! In these three days there
are competitions, cultural functions, dances
food, wine, which flow thoughout Goa. In some of the Hotels they have
the Ash Dance. In this famous dance ( which is picturised in many of the
Indian Movies) revelers appear in gaudy costumes and masks and let their
hair down in gay abandon, with booze and carousing galore.Mimicry is
done and impersonalities of the local characters are inacted. Colored
Galores fill the sky, crackers the streets and colors the faces. The
masked people dressed in colorful dresses walk in front of the Carnival.
Goa Carnival originated in hedonistic feasts of ancient Greece and
Rome. From there it went to Spain and Portuguese colonies. From the
Portuguese people it came to India. Huge parades throughout the city are
organised with bands, floats, dances and balls. Big and huge patries
loaded with a variety of mouthwatering meat and delicious wines are held
throughout Goa. On the final day there is the Red and Black Dance which
concludes the Goa Carnival.
The Goa Carnival is unique in the sense its not celebrated elsewhere in
India. Fun, frolic, song, dance and music are the main attractions of
the Goan Carnival.
- Goa Carnival is held in the month of February every year. There
are direct flights to Goa.
- Thousands of people from worlover come to Goa for the Goa
Carnival. So its better to book hotel rooms months before as during
the Carnival time either the prices of the Hotels are too high or
there are no rooms to be booked at all!
- Goa is thunderous place, if you are coming here then make a plan
for at least 10 days. The more you stay here, the better it is.
- Do not bring along important documents and other valueables as
there is a lot of hussle and bussle in the fair. Its better to keep
them in the Hotel Locker. Keep India Currency is the best thing to
have in festive time.
- Food is at its best when its Goa. All varities of food be it
Indian, Continental, Mexian, Italian all can be found here. They have
the best so you can have the best.
- The weather of Goa is pleasent throughtout the year. Monsoons too
are pleasent here as they bring out a different Goa.City has all to
fit your requirement, so there is no need to pack anything extra.
- For the exact dates of the fair, contact us.
- For Tours and further information, contact us.