“Eat, drink and make merry.” These are probably the best way to describe Carnival 2018 in Goa. Every year thousands of people flock into Goa to relive the tradition that’s been happening since the Portuguese times. This year, Goa Carnival will make its way through the streets of Goa starting from the capital city Panjim on the 10th of February that will go on till the 13the of February in the other cities. Be sure arrive early and get a good spot. The crowds are expected to be through the roof this year at Goa Carnival 2018.
What is Goa Carnival?
Carnival is has been a part of Goa since the 18th century. It’s a fast paced eating-drinking and partying extravaganza before the 40 days of Lent; a time of discipline and spirituality. Colourful floats & decor adorn the streets of Goa over a period of 4 days and people dress up in crazy, quirky attire and welcome the season of merriment with open arms.
So Why Goa for Carnival?
Although not a big as its South American counterpart in Rio de Janeiro, Goa Carnival is unarguably the biggest in India and one of the best few in Asia. It was introduced by the Portuguese who ruled over Goa for over five hundred years.
King Momo Returns !
Every year, as per tradition. A ‘King Momo’ is selected to lead the parades through the cities of Goa and is believed to rule the state during the entire fest. This year, float dancer Bruno Azaredo was selected as King Momo and will be leading the parades through the state.
Since the first King Momo made his presence felt in 1965, the celebrations have just seen increase in its glee and frolic. From the olden days of hushed streets with its youth and a bullock cart leading the parade, the times have indeed changed. Earlier, men used to indulge into mock battles with cartridges loaded with cocotes (colored powder) and crackers were blown along with the drum beats in harmonic progression. Now there are musical parades and flocks of entertainers perform in flamboyant costumes often accompanied by the sounds of local instruments, like Ghumat which is a percussion instrument of earthen vessel. There are ludicrous folk plays mixed with sarcasm mirroring the human foolishness, and a plethora of grandiose floats are put up for public display. Lately, the commercialization of floats has been slightly rising, so this year the focus is added more on traditional ones keeping the cultural aspects in mind.
Schedule for Carnival Goa 2018
|Panjim (The biggest & grandest of all)||10th February|
|Margao & Ponda||11th February|
|Vasco & Curchorem||12th February|
|Mapusa & Morjim||13th February|
Added Bonus : Goa Food Festival 2018
The Goa Food and Cultural festival is set to begin from Feb 9th through Feb 13th, 2018.
So if you’re here for the Carnival, you can also treat yourself to the unique flavors Goa has to offer at this five day unique festival, full of tasty treats for your eyes and taste buds.
It’s not just the food either!
The festival will also consist of live musical programs, a line-up of drink stalls, entertainment and a lot more.
The best part about Goa Carnival 2018?
Goa carnival is an event open for all. There are no tickets for this colourful festival. February marks the climax of peak season of tourism in Goa. Hence, it is advisable for you to book your accommodation in advance. There are a number of affordable hotels in Panjim for the backpacking crowd too.
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