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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

What all should one know about the Goa Carnival?

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Did you just land in Goa and find the city adorned with a thousand colours and at the peak of its cultural celebrations? I am sure you can't thank your stars enough for having arrived at the beach city in time for the Goa Carnival! The time of these celebrations is one of the most lucrative times to visit this place from a tourist point of view. Read on and find out more about where all the action is, to find another reason to visit Goa this February:

  • When
    The Goa Carnival is held every year before the beginning of Lent, a time of extreme restraint from the epicurean delights of the world. With the 40 day period of abstinence from non veg and alcohol looming ahead, the majority of the Goans try to make the most of this gala period.

    As Lent usually falls around end of February, the carnival is a three day affair in this month, and these dates vary from year to year. It is a good idea to get a confirmation from your hotel about the same beforehand before finalizing your Goa holiday package.

  • Where
    The major part of the celebration takes place in the Panjim area of the state along with Margoa, Mapusa and Vasco Da Gama. Clowns, fire eaters, dancers, acrobats, and a number of other types of entertainers fire up Goa during these times. An interesting fact about these parades is that they are well thought of, rehearsed and administered well in advance.

  • How can you participate
    Swarms of tourists come every year to witness the beauty of the Goa Carnival which makes it impractical for the authorities to let the tourists participate directly in the parade. However, you can see the parade from all corners for which there is not even an entry fees.

    If you want to take part in the celebrations, you can participate in the famous finale dance known as the the Red and Black Dance. People generally follow a strict dress code of Red and Black during this celebration, and dance the night away with their partners. Though there is no fee for the carnival, there is an entry fee of INR 100 for Red and Black Dance and Table Reservation charges are extra.

    If you are with your family, don't worry, the carnival sees participation from all groups from couples to families, so you won't be in an odd place. However, do mind your children if they are young as the streets can get crowded during these times.

Huge parades with multiple bands and dances that float on the streets all night long, grand balls organized in the evenings, great food and high spirits describe the festive fervor of the Goa Carnival best. The time when the city of Goa just does not sleep, the Goa Carnival is easily one of the best times to visit Goa!

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