Carnival in Goa is the most renowned festival in Goa and has been celebrated since the 18th century, and was introduced by the Portuguese colonizers who ruled over Goa for 500 years. The word Carnival is derived from a Latin word meaning ‘to take away meat’ and its expression of the 40 day period of fasting of Lent.
Carnival is a Western Christian festive that occurs before the liturgical season of Lent which characterizes fasting or abstinence from meat. Lent ends in Easter and is significant for the Catholics. The main events typically occur during February or early March. Carnival consist of a public celebration or procession merging some elements of a circus, mask, and a street party, and is flocked by dancers, bands of musicians dressed up as vendors, women, and older men in amusing clothes. People wear masks and costumes during many such celebrations, allowing them to lose their everyday individuality and experience a heightened sense of social unity. The float parade in Panjim will be led by a special float hosting King Momo, a specially decorated float, which will declare the degree of eat, drink and merry.
It’s a three day and night festival, when legendary king Momo takes over the state and the streets come alive with music and color, it is uncontrollable festivity of merry-making,The carnival festivities marked by drinking and dance and music carry on till very late in the night,Which is a week long event, And has been celebrated since the 18th Century. The carnival concludes with the famous red-and- black dance held by the Club National in Panjim on the final day. Hotel booking must be done in advance for the carnival as the festival attracts thousands of tourists.
Some hotels in Goa also organize for special celebrations for their guests during the carnival, like there is this amazing place, a Portuguese Villa named Lar Amorosa is one of the architectural beauties originally depicted in the book “Houses of Goa”
The Carnival is not celebrated anywhere in India and was in decline even in Goa in the last few years, It was restored with the Liberation of Goa, and a boost to its tourism was therefore welcome. From begin almost on the brink of the decline, this three day Goa Carnival attracts thousands of tourist to Goa from all over Country every year.