The Portuguese culture that is still prevalent in Goa, can be seen through this festival when fun, music, food and fascination come together in harmony with colors, charm, and celebrations .Goa is usually crowded at the time of the festival as party lovers come to attend the carnival from all over the globe. At the carnival, you can see a very spectacular seen with people wearing masks and extravagant head crowns and brightly colored dresses with a lot of shimmer. The whole state looks like a big party venue, with a magical theme. Heart whelming entertainment with first class music and dance performances, tasty cuisines from India and abroad, and fireworks in the Goa skies make the festival one of the best and most awaited carnivals in India.
History of Goa Carnival
The Goa Carnival festivities started in the year 1961, though the celebrations date back to 500 years when Goa was under Portuguese rule. The festival is based on the tradition of celebrating Mardi Gras or (Fat Wednesday), when slaves used to cover their faces with white powders to look like their fairer masters, and celebrate with food and music, while masters would play the roles of slaves, before the season of lent started. Lent is believed to be the time when Lord Jesus Christ spent his days in wilderness and so celebrations of any kind are not entertained. Therefore, a grand party is held every year before the time of lent and people enjoy a rich feast with music, dance and a lot of fun and frolic.
The essence of Portuguese culture can still be seen during the carnival, though today the celebrations are more in Goan style. It is said that at the time, King Momo, famous as the King of Chaos, led his entourage that consisted of talented acrobats, renowned dancers, experienced fire-eaters, revelers, brass bands, jesters and clowns to mark the start of merry making. In old days, the festival was only celebrated by the locals only, but today people of various castes and creeds come together to participate in the three to four days celebrations of this Indian festival. Tourists who come to join the Goa Carnival love to taste the local beer- feni. that have been a favorite of the people of Goa for centuries.
Goa Carnival Celebrations
The merrymaking by tourists and locals at the carnival is a splendid sight. People dancing and having fun in a loud musical ambience created by trumpets and drums, amidst huge colorful parades in the streets of Goa are enough to let the party go on day and night during the Goa carnival. The celebrations are made extraordinary by sports competitions, cooking competitions, live music bands, and groups of dancing troupes wearing extravagant costumes and masks. All these preparations start way ahead of the festival, to make sure the festival is always better than the one last year.
The festival brings the customs and culture of the people of Goa in light and the big bash at this time is hard to forget all your life. Stalls of mouth watering cuisine with tasty dishes and refreshing drinks are filled with tourists who eat, drink, and make merry, just as the King Momo commanded his people to do so at the time of the festival. You can be a part of the merriment during the next year. While you are in the state, you can do a lot of fun activities that a favorite among other tourists, too.
Goa Carnival Dates 2017
Goa Carnival 2017 will be held at various location from 25th of February till 28th of February. The major location for this annual celebration is Panjim, Mapusa, Margoa and Vasco da Gama.
Tips for attending Goa Carnival 2017
The time of the festival is the busiest season for hotels and resorts available in Goa, as the carnival attracts a lot of tourists from all over the world. Therefore, if you plan to attend the carnival, you are advised to book your travel tickets and hotels much in advance.
To ensure the best time in Goa, do not forget to pack comfortable shoes and party clothes for the carnival celebrations so that you can mix in and have great fun.
Welcome to Goa – the famous beach destination in India. Our representative will meet you at the airport and you will be picked up from airport/railway station/bus stand and will be checked-in at Hotel. Rest of the day is free to relax in the hotel or explore the local market or just stroll on the beach ( Panjim beach or excursion to Candolim beach) and chill out at the beach shacks. Spend the night in the hotel.
Keep this day for exploring the vintage Goa. After breakfast, You can start with Fontainhas, the ancient Portuguese neighborhood in Goa. This area is quiet, peaceful and has the historical charm in it. You can feel the Old Colonial Goa here. Fontainhas is a heaven for a lover of offbeat environment. Next, you can visit Keri- a village in Goa famous for Ayurveda, located about 8 kms from Ponda. The typical Goan architecture and scenic surroundings are mesmerizing and worth not to be missed.)
You can experience the local cuisine in any of the restaurants in Keri. Post lunch you can start the other half of the day from Se Cathedral, Bom of Basilica church, Church of Mae De Deus, Fort Auguda and later on visit many monasteries, monuments, cathedrals, ruins of churches, nunneries and shrine visible in every nook and corner. You can then go for some local shopping at Mapusa Market. In evening enjoy the festivities of Goa carnival. After wandering throughout the day rush to Souza Lobo's, one of the best restaurants serving best fresh seafood in the city. Though this place is always crowded, it is the most preferred restaurant by all tourists and localities.
Enjoy a great breakfast in the morning; enjoy Goa carnival for half day. After that you will be taken to sightseeing tour of North Goa including famous beaches like Arambol Beach, Anjuna Beach, Baga Beach, Candolim beach and Calangute beach. Enjoy swimming and water sports like para sailing, jet skiing, banana boat riding and more. In evening visit Mandovi river it is the best place for kids to have a look at the dolphins and enjoy a boat ride. Boat trips come in all shapes and sizes in Goa, providing a special experience for the children. There are hovercraft adventures along the Mandovi river and relaxing pedal boats for hire at Panaji's Dona Paula jetty. The boat cruises each have a particular focus, ranging from onboard cultural performances to wildlife spotting. It is fairly common to see kingfishers, eagles, dolphins and crocodiles living along the Mandovi river. Fishing can also be incorporated into these boat cruises.
Experience the Goan nightlife in Club Cabana, one of the best nightclubs in Asia. If you want to be with the up market society, party animals from around the world, Bollywood and occasionally Hollywood as well as the model world this definitely is your place to party.
Among the mangroves and waterways of the Mandovi River, only 4km east of Panaji, Goa's smallest wildlife reserve makes a fascinating early morning outing, even if you're not a dedicated bird-watcher. The Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary occupies a total area of only 1.8 sq.km on the southwestern tip of Chorao Island, but between October and February this tiny refuge attracts an amazingly rich variety of birdlife that will keep even the most discerning twitchier happy for days.
It is worth visiting one of the many spice plantations in Goa. Here you can see how your favorite spices are grown. The spice plantations in Goa are one among the less known attractions, nevertheless a great diversion to the beach holidays. Savoi spice plantation is one among the oldest in Goa. They provided guided spice tours to explore the cultivation of coffee, pepper, turmeric, lemon grass, cardamom and many other Indian spices. Many of the spice plantation tours are a package which comes with interesting items as authentic Goan lunch, demonstration of distillation of feni, elephant rides, Ayurveda bath – you name it. Some other famous spice plantations in Goa are Tropical spice plantation, Pascoal spice Plantation and Sahakari Spice Plantation.
You can end the day with dining the sea food at the Zeebop by the Sea, one among the best restaurants in Goa. The ambiance and decor of the restaurant is good. The service is fast and friendly.
Enjoy a great breakfast in the morning. After the breakfast, you will be taken for South Goa sightseeing. You will be visiting beaches of South Goa like Colva, Benaulim and Margoa. Here you can enjoy shopping in the flea markets or go for different water sports activities. Due to less crowd, South Goa is quite peaceful than North Goa. So enjoy your day and take a stroll in the sand at these pristine beaches. A visit to Goa would remain incomplete if you do not go to the crowded Miramar - the "Chowpatty" of Goa.Morjim is the home to Olive Ridley Turtles. October to March is the season when you can see them so take a chance! Ashwem Beach nearby is however the show stealer! To take an Ayurvedic body massage at The Neem Leaf can be golden stud for your Journey.
Today is the last day of the tour. With all the fond memories of this beautiful place, bid adieu to Goa. Enjoy a lip-smacking breakfast in the morning after which you will be transferred to the airport or railway station as per your need for your return journey back to your home.
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