Tropical weather, serene beaches and a lot of Feni that’s Goa for you! One of the most visited destinations in India, Goa, is a bachelor’s paradise. But more than beaches, this place is known for the Goan culture and the Goa Carnival. If you haven’t attended this colourful festival, then there is a lot you are missing out on. With art, music, food and a lot of entertainment, Goa Carnival is a must-have experience for everyone. Here is what you will see at this festival.
Goa Carnival 2023
The Goa Carnival was first started by the Portuguese residents of Goa. What was once celebrated by the Catholics has now become a symbol of Goan culture and is celebrated by all. With music, drinks, dance, this is a melting pot of entertainment and festivities. This festival is generally celebrated before the period of Lent, and this year it will be held from the 18th to the 21st of February, 2023. And it will be in four major cities — Margao, Mapusa, Vasco and Panjim.
Parade, Ball & Dance
The carnival starts with a grande parade headed by the Carnival King Momo, surrounded by clowns, dancers and acrobats. He has to declare a commencement saying to eat, drink and be merry. There is a tradition of Assoltes, where people have to wear costumes and play pranks at their friend’s house, much like Halloween. At night, there is an extravagant masquerade ball to attend. On the last day of the carnival, a mandatory ‘Red And Black Dance’ marks the end of the celebration. There will be exhibitions where you will see Goan art and culture.
Every year at the carnival, Goa is in full swing of merriment. But what’s so special this year? Well, this time, the carnival is held during the weekend from Saturday to Tuesday. So, are you ready for an extended weekend holiday to enjoy Goa Carnival in style?
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