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Pritha Manchanda Jan 27 2014

What is the Goa Carnival 2014 all about?

Anupriya Bedi Jan 27 2014
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Goa is a land of never-ending festivities with festivals, carnivals and events happening all around the year. The Goa Carnival 2014 is that time of the year when Goa is dressed like a newlywed bride and everyone descends upon the little state for an unforgettable experience. Life for four days in Goa is an endless spring party, characterised by Street dances, Float parades, Goan food and felicity all around. The festival has now transcended its Christian roots and assumed a new avatar as a cosmopolitan event run by the Goa Tourism Development Corporation. The Carnival of Panjim is the most popular compare to others that follow in Madgaon, Vasco da Gama, Mapusa etc. So whenever you plan to visit Goa, try and grab the best Goa packages during the festivities' time to see the authentic side of this party land.

When: 1st March-4th March, 2014
Where: Majorly Panjim, Mapusa, Madgaon and Vasco da Gama, Goa
Entry: Free


Photo of Goa Carnival (by Official Website)

Origin & History

Carnival is largely a legacy of the Portuguese era, a festival which is celebrated before Lent. The history of the Carnival of Goa dates back to almost 500 years.The Portuguese introduced the Carnival when they established their colony in Goa. Ever since the carnival is celebrated every year and Goans takes part in it with pleasure.Traditionally, during Lent there are no parties or other celebrations and people abstain themselves from rich foods such as meat, dairy products, fats etc. The 40 days of Lent are observed in recalling the biblical account of the 40 days Lord Jesus spent in the wilderness. The consumption of rich food in a grand party with the involvement of the whole community leads to the origin of Carnival.

Photo of Goa Carnival Processions (by Official Website)

Celebrations

The Goa Carnival lasts for four days of unlimited fun, fervour, wildness and felicity. The opening events of carnival are held along the picturesque Dayanand Bandodkar Marg on the banks of River Mandovi in Panjim. Its upon this waterfront that the parade passes and several of the major events are staged. The parade lasts for almost 3 to 4 hours before it passes ahead. If you miss it here, head to Vasco da Gama, Madgaon or Mapusa on subsequent days.



Photo of Goa Carnival Celebrations (by Andy Weisner)

Look around and you’ll see folks clad in outrageous costumes and colorful wigs and make-up. Leading the procession is the float of King Momo, the Lord of Chaos. The aroma of food stalls, graceful dances, grand floats, strumming of guitars, lively processions, the colourful costumes all fuse together into a magical world of riotous motion.



As night falls, the Parade goes home to bed and the concerts come out to play at assorted venues across the city and capture your hearts. A number of acrobats, brass bands, clowns, dancers, fire eaters, jesters etc. are seen performing in the streets of some of the major cities of Goa. The celebrations are carried on throughout the nights of these 4 festival days.



Photo of Goa Carnival (by Official Website)

Tips & Must-Dos

1.) Hotel bookings must be done in advance for carnival as the festival attracts thousands of tourists. There are many options for places to stay in Goa

2.) As soon you arrive in Panaji, head to Hotel Mandovi and book a ticket to watch the Carnival from one of their river-view balconies. The ticket costs Rs 500 and includes a plate of snacks. This is a perfect place to catch the clear view of the Parade without having to climb on other people’s foot! Take a Dabolim to Panjim taxi to reach this hotel directly from the airport.


3.) The Red and Black Dance is organised by Club National in Panjim. This ticketed, dress code dominated affair is a flamboyant finale to the festivities 4 merry days. Entry fees is INR 100

4.) To be a true-blue carnival consumer, go shopping on 18th June Road. Here, discover an abundance of clown wigs, masks and face paints. Another heaven for outlandish gear is the Anjuna Saturday Night Flea Bazaar.

5.) Reputed bands both international and national bands perform at different venues across the city such as the Parade Grounds, Campal. These concerts are Free and Open to all


Photo of Goa Carnival Decorations (by Official Website)


There is no better time to visit Goa than the Goa Carnival. Come and be a part of spectacular and crazy celebrations for four continuous days and take unforgettable memories back home. So start booking your tickets right away for March and Go Goa!!! To know more about the Party destination of India-Goa, check out the Goa’s Travel Guide

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