Goa is a beautiful state of India. It is extremely popular for its sun-kissed beaches, culture and vibrant festivals. Goa Carnival is the most fabulous and most awaited festival of Goa. It is a 3 days festival of fun, frolic, amusement and merry-making. Carnival is a Latin word which means "to take away meat". That's the reason during the carnival, it's a strict rule to abstain from meat.
Carnival is a festival which is celebrated before Lent. Traditionally during Lent there are no parties or other celebrations and people abstain themselves from rich foods such as meat, dairy products, fats, etcs. The 40 days of Lent, recalling the biblical account of the 40 days Lord Jesus spent in the wilderness. The consumption of rich food in a grand party with the involvement of the whole community leads to the origin of Carnival. This year Goa Carnival will be celebrated from Feb 2013. The Carnival of Panjim is the most popular compare to others that follow in Margoa, Vasco, Mapusa etc.
Though being a Christian festival, all people of Goa irrespective of any caste & creed take part in this festival. The highlight of the Carnival of Goa is to have lots of fun by indulging in singing, dancing, grand feasting, etc.
The history of the Carnival of Goa dates back to almost 600 years. The trend of celebrating the Carnival dates back to ancient Rome, Portugal and Greece. The Portuguese introduced the Carnival when they established their colony in Goa. Ever since the carnival is celebrated every year and the locals takes part in it with pleasure. The Goa Carnival has carved a niche with a different charm that can only be experienced in this tiny city.
Started by the Portuguese rulers, the Carnival has carved a niche for itself with a distinctive characteristic charm that can only be experienced in this tiny but beautiful coastal state of Goa. Every year, Goa Carnival comes before Easter Sunday.
The cultural blend of the Portuguese and local people created a unique Culture of Goa and extended to the carnival. So plan your holiday and be a part of the Goa Carnival.