Looking like a bride, the city of Goa hosts some of the most happening festivals of India with as much music, cuisines, fairs and decoration as possible. With a multi-cultural past Goa celebrates Hindu, Christian and Portuguese festivals with a special day to commemorate all the ceremonies of festivals with a quintessential spirit. In the festive season of Goa, you can easily plan up a trip and enjoy all festivals with a different definition of Goa. This city of happy-go-lucky people welcomes the tourist all over the world to show its glamour and dazzling celebrations and parties all day and all night long. With colorful streets of jovial fests you can’t stop dancing on the rhymes of festive beats of Goa.
Here are some of the most enjoyed and celebrated festivals of Goa :
Festivals of Goa
1. Goa Carnival
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State’s heritage and rich culture is reflected with the graceful dances and non-stop festivity along with strumming of guitar and carnival beats. This carnival is exclusive to Goa and introduced by Portuguese with lots of colures and festivity in it.
The most awaited event is meant for drinking, festivity, merrymaking and a perfect blend of tradition and modernity. Celebrated in the month of February for three days this carnival is well awaited by crowd of excited audiences. With band, huge parades are organised throughout the states with grand balls in the dawn. The famous red black dance concludes this three day carnival.
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2. Ganesh Chaturthi or chovoth
On the birthday of lord Ganesh, the clay idol is brought home for three days. Chovoth means days of rejoicing with a flower making competition and at least five cuisines are cooked that day. On the day five a huge crowd of men, women and children colored in tradition move along with the idol and it’s the festival of cleaning n decorating sacred places.
3. Christmas Celebrations in Goa
The energetic people of Goa don’t lag behind when it comes to the most popular festival of the world celebrated with glittery decorations in red, white and green colour. Decorated with gleaming streamers 25 December is the day of exchanging gifts with revelry and praying in the beautifully decorated churches of Goa. Lot of youngsters get together and beaches in Goa remain occupied with diverse and fabulous crowd. With complex nativity scenes built to describe Christmas stories the streets look amazing with carol singers enchanting. Here excitement reaches the fever pitch on Christmas Eve.
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4. Grape festival
Capturing exuberance of Goa this festival is celebrated in four days extravaganza of wine, live shows, fashion shows, exclusive wine tasting sessions and entertainment. Organised by Goa Tourism Development Corporation this wine and haute cuisine escapade brings together international connoisseurs and wine makers, professionals of hospitality and wine lovers.
5. Holi in Goa
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This energetic festival of colours and water is amazingly celebrated with epic enactment of mythology accompanied with fanfare. With colours like neel and gulal, this festival in Goa is celebrated with lots of participation and enthusiasm from Goans.
Goa is all known for its casinos, night club parties, sunbaths and beaches but the true colours of festivals are so worth enjoying in this tiny state. With lots of merrymaking every moment of festival is cherishes here and makes your holiday experience truly forgetful.