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Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Goa Carnival 2014- A Time for Joy, Celebration and Merriment

The ambience of joy and celebrations that began on 25th December, 2013 and lasted up to 1st January, 2014 will not end so soon. The merry making will resume on 1st March, 2014 with the kick start of the Goa Carnival 2014. The 4 day extravaganza of fun, frolic, amusement and festivity is one of the most awaited festivals in Goa. The Carnival is celebrated every year as a part of Goan culture and tradition in a unique way. The festivities throughout the state include a parade of colorful floats & troupes of masked revelers dressed in gorgeous costumes. You will find them singing and grooving to the lively music that is usually performed live. The best floaters are given good prizes.
The big bash depicts the soul of Goan culture and tradition. Carnival can be described as self-gratifying feasts of ancient Rome and Greece. The carnival made its first appearance in the Spanish and Portuguese colonies. The carnival is supervised by King Momo, who on the opening day orders his subjects to party. The four day non-stop Carnival is popularly known as Pagan festival in Latin American countries that were colonies of Portugal at one point of time.

The Carnival is uniquely Goan and is not celebrated anywhere else in India. It is basically a typical Latin song, music and dance and pave the way for “Lent”. The highlight of the exotic festival of merriment is the arrival and appointment of “King Momo” and his subjects to the capital city Panaji on “Fat Saturday”, the eve of Carnival. It is a happy union of heritage, religion and above all the spirit of friendship that attracts thousands of tourists every year.

Carnival Food & Cultural Festival starts on 28th February, 2014 at Panaji.
The opening day parade starts on 1st March, 2014 from Panaji.
The Carnival ends on 4th March, 2014.

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