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Goa Carnival

Goa known for its vibrancy and long stretched beaches. The town hosts the tourist year round but the iconic city is more VIBRANT at the time of Goa Carnival Festival. One of the most famous festival of Goa mostly celebrated in mid – February every year. And this year the dates are 10 to 13 February 2018. There is celebration in villages and cities all across Goa through Panjim, Mapusa, Margoa and Vasco da Gama are centric. The parade with its floats, entertainers and dancers moves through the major cities.

The celebration continues up to three days. And the roads of Goa are filled with graceful dancers, processions, guitars music, etc. this is the best time to visit Goa and enjoy the amazing festival of Goa. It is said that when King Momo won the state Goa then he enjoyed this win ceremony with music and colors. So in respect of this mow the people of Goa celebrate this Carnival Festival with music, dance and color. This festival is celebrated since 18th century.

Being the most colorful festival, it witnesses a lot of zeal and zest by the Goan people; the streets are extravagantly decorated and come to life with all the procession, music, graceful dances and merrymaking. The entire state is decorated with streamers and colorful ribbons and papers. A play cum dance song of Mussol is a special attraction. The costumes and dresses are vibrant and colorful. The unique headgears will surely capture your fancy at once. Boys and girls start preparing by designing their costumes. They also have to prepare for the mock battle. They fill packets and cartridges made of paper with bran, husk or sawdust or plain powder to use in the mock battles. All geared up, by the eve of the carnival, the excitement runs so high in the blood that anyone can barely sleep at night.

The carnival starts with a magnificent display of colorful Floats. There is a riot of colors on the street when the procession comes in its true form, all geared up with sparkling floats and troupes of masked revelers. On the opening day of the carnival indulge in merry making. The next 3 days are marked by celebrations of the Goan culture. The mornings are dominated with singing, feasting and organizing street plays while the evenings are usually full of dancing, balls, etc. on the wide open streets.

All the Goa becomes a party zone, girls flaunting frills and boys with their cowboy hats. There are people who wear masks which resembles nursery rhyme characters as well as cartoons. Massive colorful parades take over the state’s cities with bands, floats and dancers, while the evenings are dedicated to partying at whatever place the person is. A number of acrobats, brass bands, clowns, dancers, fire eaters, jesters etc. are seen to be performing in the streets of some of the major cities of Goa.

Fireworks, fortune tellers, children forming their own musical orchestra, elders ones on funny costumes, there are just few scenes you will spot. The carnival comes to an end with the well liked red and black dance held by the Club National in Panaji.

Goa carnival is merriment and representation of Goa culture. Floats, colossal parades, bands, balls and dancer together symbolize the Goa Carnival. It conquered by pleasure, enjoyment and merry making where individuals come together and spread joyfulness and happiness. 



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