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A Gala Time at the Goa Heritage Festival

by Madhav Srinivasan 5 year, 7 months ago

Goa, with its golden beaches and picturesque beauty, is one of the top tourist destinations in India. Discerning tourists to this charming state soon realize that Goa’s rich, multicultural heritage is equally spectacular. Know more about the festival..

The Goa Heritage Festival is an annual event that is usually held in mid-November. It is organized jointly by the NGO, Goa Heritage Action Group, the Panaji City Corporation and the Department of Tourism in Goa. The festival is held in the capital city of Panaji and all events are organized in and around the city’s old heritage buildings.

Some Snippets From the Festival’s History

The festival was first held in the year 2001 and over the decade, it has become one of the most sought after events in Goa’s tourism calendar. However, the aim of launching the Goa Heritage Fest was not primarily to attract tourists. Rather, it was to also to create awareness among locals on the efforts that should be made to protect and encourage the heritage and culture of the state.

A Behind the Scenes Look

The festival showcases Goa’s culture and heritage and prior to the festival, the capital is spruced up and special stages are set up for the artisans’ exhibits and cultural concerts. Participants in the festival include Goan artists, weavers, potters, copper smiths, and silver smiths.

Their work is exhibited during the festival as experts on Goan heritage deliver lectures and hold academic discussions by the side on Goa’s heritage and the best way to preserve it.The Goa Heritage Festival serves two purposes, in this way. It draws attention on the need to preserve the local culture and at the same time, it provides a platform for local artists and artisans to display their skills and to tap into new business opportunities.

The festival gives the audience a chance to see, hear and enjoy Goa’s ethnic folk dances and music. The overall atmosphere is a very festive one – an experience that is further bettered by the delicious food served by the stalls set up in the vicinity of the festival. The local cuisine gives tourists and visitors a chance to sample some of Goa’s traditional dishes.

Goa has much more to offer than just golden sands and swaying palms – and this is the message that the Goa Heritage Festival has been successfully sending out since its inception. If you’re looking for a unique way to spend your holiday, you can pack your bags and head to Goa this November, on a trip of a lifetime

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