The word carnival comes from the Latin word meaning “to take
away meat”. It is an expression of the 40-day fasting period of Lent for
Christians during which the people abstain from taking meat completely. The Goa
Carnival an inseparable part of the Portuguese heritage of this state, which was
under the rule of Portuguese till 1961. This carnival is celebrated since the
18th century. The carnival highlights the friendly and fun-loving
nature of Goa. It was introduced by the earlier rulers of Goa as a rowdy
celebration in which eggs, dirty water, flour, lemons and oranges were thrown
at the public. The festival is generally held in the month of February, so plan and book your Goa tour packages accordingly.
What Happens During Goa Carnival
This festival is held in mid February and the streets come
alive with color. The event lasts for almost a week and heralds the time for
vibrant processions, floats, graceful dances and non-stop festivity. It is the
most popular of all the festivals of India and acts a complete entertainment
for the tourists, whether local or foreign. One can easily reach Goa from all over the country and numerous Goa tour packages from Mumbai are also available.
The Goa carnival marks the time for feasting, drinking and
merrymaking. Massive parades are held throughout the state with dances, bands
and floats during the days as well as nights. Grand balls are also held in the
evenings. During the three days of celebrations, cultural functions and
competitions are held and judged by some selected people. The prizes are
distributed by King Momo.
The participants in the carnival wear colorful costumes and
masks. In the fun filled environment people smear each other with color. The
Goa carnival has more indigenous flavor in the villages. Although the carnival
is celebrated mostly by the Christian population of Goa, Hindu’s of Goa also
participate wholeheartedly in this carnival. The Goa carnival is bound to any
religion and represents just the cultural highlights of the state and tourists should also plan Goa honeymoon trip during this time of the year.
Numerous tourists visit Goa during the Carnival. The aura of
festivity fills every nook and corner of the state. Everyone is elated in terms
of joy and excitement. It is great being a part of this fun-filled event. At
the onset of this event, hotels are
booked in advance by the tourists planning to visit Goa during the carnival.