Visit Goa and laze about in the golden beaches,
hip-shake at the rave parties and Goa Carnival, loose yourself with an
Ayurvedic massage! India Tourist Spots brings you the Best of Goa!
Get your Freak on
Goa beholds her people going hysteric many a time round the year
during festivals. Year-end, that is the Christmas eve followed by the New
Year, has tens of thousands of tourists from across the world coming to Goa.
The beaches turn into dance-floors and the celebration is a carnival of
sorts. But the real Goan Carnivals are the Carnaval (Portuguese for
Carnival) and Shigmo awaited by Goans and party-animals who have had a taste
The 3-day gala fiesta
Carnaval is, however, endemic to Goa and yet another Portuguese
charm. Celebrated since 18th century as a means to let off steam
before Lent the period of abstinence. It first conceptualized in the Spanish
and Portuguese colonies, where it metamorphosed into the very Latin
singing-dancing-drinking celebration that it is today. This 3-day gala
fiesta, otherwise a Christian celebration, has absorbed Hindu
tradition-bound revelry and western tango, and stimulated by the artistry of
the Goan genius turned into a pageantry of singular effervescence. What has
made it a Goas officially-yours is the recent involvement
of the Goan Government, seeing the overwhelming tourist influx.
What to Expect
Goa turns into a cascade of colors with the streets welling with
processions of masked and fancy-costumed dancers and other artists. Dose of
on-the-spot street performances and a lot of cultural hoopla. A large number
of floats and tableaux added special glamor to the occasion. Try not to miss
the final day's festivities, which conclude with the famous red-and-black
dance held by the Clube Nacional in Panjim.